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ABT Then

May 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

ABT Then

As ABT marks its 80th Anniversary, celebrate the bold, inventive, diverse repertoire that has defined our company since its founding in 1940. Revel in the dynamism of America’s National Ballet Company® as we showcase the best choreographers of the past and brightest of the present.

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Theme and Variations

Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Scenery and Costumes by Zack Brown
Lighting by Brad Fields

Created for Ballet Theatre in 1947, this George Balanchine classic is one of his most iconic works, requiring shimmering technique and heroic stamina. Set to Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, Theme and Variations evokes the golden age of Russian classical ballet.

Jardin aux Lilas

Choreography by Antony Tudor
Music by Ernest Chausson (Poème)
Sets and Costumes by Peter Cazalet

Amid a farewell party in an Edwardian garden, this tale brims with tension as young lovers are torn apart by a bride’s marriage of convenience to a monied, older gentleman. Performed to Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Antony Tudor’s choreography reveals vagaries of the human heart through furtive meetings, whispered secrets and gestures of unfulfilled yearning.

Fancy Free

Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Scenery by Oliver Smith
Costumes by Kermit Love
Revival Lighting by Jennifer Tipton

The first ballet Jerome Robbins ever choreographed, Fancy Free is an American classic. While a young dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Robbins collaborated with Leonard Bernstein to create a narrative ballet that was an instant success. This playful tale of three sailors on leave in New York City inspired the hugely successful musical On The Town.