Los Angeles Ballet dance Balanchine

Los Angeles Ballet dance Balanchine

Reed Hutchinson Elizabeth Claire Walker as The Siren, Kenta Shimizu as the Prodigal Son


Past Event

Location Info:

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA  90278

Only a select few companies receive permission from the Balanchine Trust to present a George Balanchine ballet, let alone three ballets in the same program. But Los Angeles Ballet's artistic directors, Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen, have deep roots with Balanchine. Neary was personally selected by Balanchine to set his ballets on companies all over the world (recently at the Paris Opera Ballet). Three different faces of Balanchine's genius take the stage as LAB's 11th season continues. Mr. B.'s classical inclinations are illustrated in Divertimento No. 15, an LAB premiere set to Mozart. The dramatic Prodigal Son dates from Balanchine's time with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the only time Balanchine worked with composer Sergei Prokofiev. The joyfully jazzy finale Who Cares?, set to some of George Gershwin's most beguiling tunes, harkens back to Balanchine's time choreographing for Hollywood movies in the 1930s.


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