The Sounds of Stravinsky
The home team goes al fresco as Los Angeles Ballet and the Music Center join the yearlong centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky in L.A. with Ballet Under the Stars!, a free performance of two ballets choreographed by George Balanchine to Stravinsky scores. With its bejeweled red costumes, Rubies draws on Balanchine's time in Hollywood choreographing for the movies and accentuates the jazzy elements in Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. The second work, Agon, finds Balanchine in a more abstract mood, with dancers in simple black leotards and tights, the better to articulate Stravinsky's intricate music. L.A. has a special claim to Agon: Stravinsky's score was performed here first, before the ballet's premiere in New York. Look for the uber-flexible Allynne Noelle as Rubies' central tall girl and a lead in Agon. Raised and trained in SoCal, Noelle left to dance with Miami City Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Her return exemplifies how Los Angeles Ballet artistic directors Thordal Christiansen and Colleen Neary have established L.A. as a destination to dance, not just a place exporting dancers to companies elsewhere. This free performance offers a first chance to see these masterworks for those who missed LAB's spring Balanchine festival and another chance for the throngs of Balanchine and Stravinsky fans who appreciate how the two masters synergistically elevated one another's genius. Bring a picnic and a blanket. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., July 6, 7:30 p.m.; free. (213) 972-0711, grandparkla.org/calendar/.
Sat., July 6, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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