Twenty-four girls stampeding across the stage – most of them in purple, their hair flowing – and a single man. Gounod’s passionate Faust music. A bravura ballerina role demanding both complete control and utter abandon (hand-tailored in 1980 for the great Suzanne Farrell). There’s no Faust, no Mephistopheles – just sheer impetuosity and startling virtuosity. Walpurgisnacht Ballet is Balanchine at his most outrageously popular – marrying classicism to kitsch! 2001’s Polyphonia confirmed Christopher Wheeldon’s reputation as one of the leading young choreographers of our time. Four couples are seen in 10 classically constructed yet bracingly contemporary episodes that explore the turbulent and compelling piano music of the modern master Gyorgy Ligeti. Polyphonia is now performed by companies around the world, fulfilling Alastair Macaulay’s verdict in The New York Times that is “just what the doctor orders for ballet worldwide.” A major coup: A new narrative ballet by today’s most in-demand classical choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky. Has Christian Andersen’s story of The Ice-Maiden inspired what is perhaps Stravinsky’s loveliest score – a tribute to Tchaikovsky. Music that George Balanchine so loved that he set ballet to it three times! With a large cast, striking new costumes and visual effects, and a powerful, moving story, The Fairy’s Kiss is a superb successor to Symphonic Dances, Ratmansky;s 2013 first triumphant new ballet for MCB.
Walpurgisnacht Ballet (Balachine/Gounod) (Company Premiere)
The Fairy’s Kiss (Ratmansky/Stravinsky) (World Premiere)