Ballet Arizona has continued to pivot its 2020-2021 season throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, while digital will still be a part of the performance mix there are also in-person performances available. Patron, staff and dancer safety remains a top priority for Ballet Arizona and the company has partnered with HealthyVerify to maintain a safe and healthy environment for these in-person performances. Patrons, dancers and staff will be required to wear masks, among other measures, to maximize safety.
Viewers of the online version will also enjoy added content like dancer interviews and other behind-the-scenes extras. In-person tickets are extremely limited and are $50 each. Digital performance tickets are $20 each and viewers will have access to watch the performance online for 24 hours.
Because of socially distanced seating measures, tickets for the in-person performances are available for purchase by phone only at 602-381-1096. Tickets for the online performances are available for purchase at http://www.balletaz.org
. All in person performances will occur at Ballet Arizonaâ€™s Dorrance Theatre, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix.
April 16-25 in person, May 8 online
George Balanchine, the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet, is a legend. Ballet Arizonaâ€™s Balanchine honors his legacy with in-person and digital performances produced through the generosity of philanthropist Bob Benson. As one of only a handful of choreographers entrusted by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchineâ€™s work, Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen presents an electrifying program of works and excerpts by the legend, including:
When asked about Allegro Brillante, Balanchine once said, â€œIt contains everything I know about the classical ballet in thirteen minutes.â€ Set to a lively score by Tchaikovsky, Allegro Brillante is one of Balanchineâ€™s most joyous, pure dance pieces.
Divertimento No. 15
Balanchine is said to have considered this piece of music the finest divertimento ever written. To complement the sparkling score, Balanchine created a work of extraordinary ingenuity for his dancers. Divertimento No. 15 first premiered at the Mozart Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, in 1956.
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Balanchine originally choreographed to this piece of music in 1941 for the Original Ballet Russe. He returned to the score three decades later but could not remember the choreography so he reimagined it for the 1972 Stravinsky Festival.
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