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Posted by on 07.15.2010

Tonight I found this video of Miami City Ballet in Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperial” (later renamed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2). I first came in contact with this ballet when it was a part of our 2008-2009 season. We performed this work many times and it never got old. I had so much fun each and every time I danced this ballet; onstage and off. I don’t know if it is the gorgeous costumes, beautiful music, or inspired choreography, but it is definitely a favorite of mine. Watching this video brought back great memories. The section shown in this clip is one of the most dramatic in my opinion. There is a moment where the corps men and...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Sonnambula Update.

Posted by on 01.25.2010

I originally published this post on August 2nd, 2010, when we began work on Program II’s opening ballet, La Sonnambula.  As we have been working more on this ballet to prepare it for the stage, I felt like I wanted to update this post with some new information that I have recently come across. New York City Ballet premiered La Sonnambula in 1946, under the title, “Night Shadow.” The score, composed by Vittorio Rieti, encompasses themes from the “La Sonnambula” Opera, from which, one can imagine Balanchine drew inspiration.  The choreography reflects the classical and dramatic music. The ballet opens on a elegant masked ball being thrown...

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