The composer creates time, and we have to dance to it.
I haven’t been to the ballet “proper” in decades. I think the last time I went to the New York City Ballet wasn’t so very long after George Balanchine had died. This week, while down in New York City, I spotted that the New York City Ballet had a Balanchine Festival going on. For the one I could get to, the music was all Stravinsky (Apollo, Agon, Duo Concertant, and Symphony in Three Movements).
The ballets in the festival are Balanchine’s “black and white,” or “leotard,” ballets. No sets, no narratives, just music . . . and dance. The dancers in the videos speak beautifully to the specifics, so all I’ll say is this: if you are in the vicinity of New York City—or anywhere where it’s possible to see these ballets—just do it.
For more on Agon, click here.
For more on Symphony in Three Movements, click here.
Credits: The quotation at the head of the post is attributed to Balanchine by several sources, one of which is indicated at the link shown.