Divertimento No. 15 (Balanchine)
Arden Court (Taylor/Boyce)
Who Cares? (Balanchine/Gershwin)
Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 is a plot-less ballet in five movements. It contains starring roles for five women, who shine in the sharply-characterized solo variations and a seamless chain of duets with three men, which has the effect of a ravishing extended adagio for a single super-couple.
One of Paul Taylor’s best-loved works, Arden Court returns to MCB after 11 years – rushing, leaping, cavorting through space to the exhilarating Baroque music of William Boyce. It’s easy to see why, since it’s 1981 premiere it has been one of Taylors’ biggest critical and popular triumphs.
In 1970 George Balanchine created Who Cares? To the songs of his friend and collaborator George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “The Man I Love,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” and over a dozen more. One suave guy, three sexy ballerinas, a big bunch of chorus boys and girls, the great Gershwin, the great Balanchine, Who Cares? is sophisticated, nostalgic – ‘S Wonderful