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Northrop favorites since their first appearance in 1956, ABT returns to the venue in a richly varied repertory program that showcases the passion, innovation and athleticism that the Company is renowned for. Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina is set to music by Leonid Desyatnikov, full of folk-inspired choreography with a jubilant feel. Other Dances by Jerome Robbins pays homage to Chopin’s romanticism and the purity of classical ballet technique, while Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, set to one of Philip Glass’ propulsive scores, is 40 continuous minutes of sheer, exuberant motion.
Join Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky on a stroll through a festive village gathering, full of jubilant color and cheer. Set to the music of Leonid Desyatnikov, Songs of Bukovina rhythmically explores the folk traditions of the Carpathian Mountains.
Set to a waltz and four mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin, the plotless classical character pas de deux was created by Jerome Robbins for a Gala evening for the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 9, 1976. The piece was first performed by Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov and staged for American Ballet Theatre by Isabel Guerin.
A ballet in nine parts, In the Upper Room is one of ABT’s most impressive performances. Somewhere between ballet and modern dance, Tharp’s choreography calls for a power and grace from the dancers that demands attention. Bold kinetic movements open into Philip Glass’s propelling original score, creating a transcendent experience for both audience and dancer.