Serenade (ballet)

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This article is about Balanchine's 1934 ballet. For the musical form, see Serenade. For other uses, see Serenade (disambiguation).
Serenade
Choreographer George Balanchine
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Premiere March 1, 1935 – Adelphi Theatre
New York City, United States
Original ballet company American Ballet

Serenade is a ballet by George Balanchine to Tschaikovsky's 1880 Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. Students of the School of American Ballet gave the first performance of Serenade on Sunday, June 10, 1934, on the Felix M. Warburg estate in White Plains, N.Y., where Mozartiana had been danced the previous day. It was the first ballet that Balanchine choreographed in America.[1] It was then presented by the Producing Company of the School of American Ballet on December 6 at the Avery Memorial Theatre of the Wadsworth Atheneum to return the favor of sponsoring Balanchine's immigration to America.[2] The official premiere took place March 1, 1935,[3] with the American Ballet, at the Adelphi Theatre, New York, conducted by Sandor Harmati.

NYCB principal dancer Philip Neal chose to include Serenade in his farewell performance, Sunday, June 13, 2010.

The blue tutus used in Serenade inspired the naming of the Balanchine crater on the planet Mercury.[4]

Analysis[edit]

The work can be considered a bridge between his two early works for Sergei Diaghilev, and his later less episodic American works. [5] The dance is characterized by two falls, a choreographic allusion to Giselle, but also an element in the Khorumi, a Georgian folk dance which influenced Balanchine. [5]

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1984 New York State Theater 20-Year Celebration[edit]

2008 Winter[edit]

2009 Spring Dancers' Choice benefit[edit]

2009 Fall tour to Japan[edit]

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Saturday, October 2nd[edit]

2011 First Tour to Hong Kong (Saturday, March 5)[edit]

notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d first time in rôle
  2. ^ a b c d All performers in Dancers' Choice appeared for the first time in the rôles which they danced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jack Anderson, City Ballet: A 20-Year Celebration, NY Times, April 26, 1984 – accessed May 2, 2009
  2. ^ Balanchine, George (1968). Francis Mason, ed. Balanchine's New Complete Stories of the Great Ballets. Doubleday. pp. 363–5. 
  3. ^ Kourlas, Gia (22 May 2013). "A Ballet With Russian Roots Captures the American Spirit". New York Times (New York City, United States). Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Ritzel, Rebecca (20 December 2012). "Ballet isn’t rocket science, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive, either". Washington Post (Washington DC, United States). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Scholl, Tim (Fall 2012). "Serenade: From Giselle to Georgia". Ballet Review 40 (3): 26––. 

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