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2 & 3 Part Inventions

 ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
 MusicInventions & Sinfonias (in performance order)
Inventio 1, BWV 772
Inventio 4, BWV 775
Sinfonia 4, BWV 790
Sinfonia 6, BWV 792
Inventio 12, BWV 783
Inventio 6, BWV 777
Sinfonia 11, BWV 797
Inventio 8, BWV 779
Inventio 15, BWV 786
Sinfonia 15, BWV 801
Sinfonia 9, BWV 795
Inventio 1, BWV 772
 DancersKristina Fernandez, Benjamin Millepied, Eliane Munier, Amaury Lebrun, Riolama Lorenzo, Alex Ketley, Jennifer Chipman, Seth Belliston
 SceneryJean Rosenthal
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 PremiereJune 4, 1994, Juilliard Theater, The School of American Ballet

 Casting Reqs8 dancers: 4 women, 4 men
 Running Time27'
 NotesJ. S. Bach wrote these piano studies, Inventions & Sinfonias, between 1720 and 1723 to help instruct his son in the playing and handling of 2- and 3-part pieces. There are as many interpretations as there are pianists, as one can conclude by those recorded. Glenn Gould has even rearranged the order, mixing the 2 and 3 parts alternately. Mr. Robbins selected a dozen of all the pieces for this ballet.


3 X 3

 ComposerGeorges Auric
 MusicTrio in G Major for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
 DancersJoan Van Orden, Tom Abbott, Erin Martin, Gene Gavin, Beryl Towbin, James Moore
 CostumesIrene Sharaff
 PremiereSeptember 4, 1958, Alvin Theatre, Ballets: U.S.A.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 BookBurt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
 ComposerStephen Sondheim
 LyricsStephen Sondheim
 DirectorGeorge Abbott
 ChoreographerJack Cole
 LeadsZero Mostel (Pseudolus)
David Burns (Senex)
John Carradine (Lycus)
Brian Davies (Hero)
Jack Gilford (Hysterium)
Ron Holgate (Miles Gloriosus)
Ruth Kobart (Domina)
Preshy Marker (Philia)
Raymond Walburn (Erronius)
 SceneryTony Walton
 CostumesTony Walton
 PremiereMay 8, 1962, Alvin Theatre; New York City


A Sketch Book: Works in Progress

 ComposerGeorge Frederic Handel; Heinrich von Biber; Gioacchino Rossini; Georg Philipp Telemann; Giuseppe Verdi
 Music1. Fencing Dances and Exercises: Music by Handel & Biber; Choreography by Jerome Robbins

2. Pas De Deux: Music by Gioacchino Rossini; Choreography by Peter Martins

3. Solo: Music by Georg Philipp Telemann; Choreography by Jerome Robbins

4. Verdi Variations: Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Choreography by Jerome Robbins
 ChoreographerPeter Martins, Jerome Robbins
 Dancers1. Fencing Dances & Exercises:
Joseph Duell, Daniel Duell, Laurence Matthews, Peter Naumann, Peter Frame, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Bryan Pitts, Kipling Houston, Bruce Padgett, Timothy Fox, Paul Boos, Francis Sackett, Paul Sackett, Hermes Conde, Gerard Ebitz, Ulrik Trojaborg

2. Pas De Deux:
Heather Watts, Sean Lavery

3. Solo:
Daniel Duell

4. Verdi Variations:
Kyra Nichols, Peter Martins, Timothy Fox, John Bass, Paul Boos, Douglas Hay
 LightingRonald Bates
 PremiereJune 8, 1978, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 NotesThe ballet, a series of sketches, ideas and preliminary plans for future works, is in reality pages from the choreographers′ note books. Some of the dances were begun in other seasons, some this season. All are parts of works-in-progress.


A Suite of Dances

 ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
 Musicselected movements from The Suites for Solo Cello.
Prelude & Gigue (from Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007)
Sarabande (from Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011)
Prelude (from Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012)
 DancersMikhail Baryshnikov
 CastCellist: Wendy Sutter
 CostumesSanto Loquasto
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 PremiereMarch 3, 1994, New York State Theater, White Oak Dance Project

 Casting Reqs1 Dancer: man
 Requirementscellist (female) on stage
 Running Time16′


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

 BookBetty Smith & George Abbott
 ComposerArthur Schwartz
 LyricsDorothy Fields
 DirectorGeorge Abbott
 ChoreographerHerbert Ross
 LeadsShirley Booth (Cissy)
Johnny Johnston (Johnny Nolan)
Marsha Van Dyke (Katie)
Dody Heath (Hildy)
 SceneryJo Mielziner
 CostumesIrene Sharaff
 PremiereApril 19, 1951, Alvin Theatre; New York City


Afternoon of a Faun

 ComposerClaude Debussy
 MusicPrelude a l′Après-midi d′un Faune (1892-94)
 DancersTanaquil LeClercq, Francisco Moncion
 SceneryJean Rosenthal
 CostumesIrene Sharaff
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 PremiereMay 14, 1953, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs2 Dancers: 1 principal man, 1 principal woman
 Running Time10′
 NotesDebussy′s music, Prelude a l′Après-midi d′un Faune, was composed between 1892 and 1894. It was inspired by a poem of Mallarme′s which was begun in 1876. The poem describes the reveries of a faun around a real or imagined encounter with nymphs. In 1912 Nijinsky presented his famous ballet, drawing his ideas from many sources, including Greek sculpture and painting. This pas de deux, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, is a variation on these themes. It was first performed in 1953 by the New York City Ballet Company and is dedicated to Tanaquil Le Clercq for whom the ballet was choreographed.



 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicValse from Trois Pieces Faciles pour Piano a Quatre Mains
 PremiereMay 2, 1946


Age of Anxiety

 ComposerLeonard Bernstein
 MusicSymphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, "Age of Anxiety"
 DancersTanaquil LeClercq, Todd Bolender, Francisco Moncion, Jerome Robbins
 SceneryOliver Smith
 CostumesIrene Sharaff
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 PremiereFebruary 26, 1950, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs44 Dancers: 1 principal woman, 3 principal men; 4 solo women; 5 women, 5 men; 16 women; 5 women, 5 men
 Requirementspiano and orchestra


Allegro con Grazia

 ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
 Music6th Symphony, second movement
 DancersPatricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson
 CostumesBen Benson
 PremiereJune 14, 1981, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs12 Dancers: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man; 10 women
 Running Time8′


American Theatre Laboratory

 PremiereJanuary 1, 1966

 NotesIn 1966, disenchanted with the pressures of commercial theatre and influenced by the ideas of visionary directors like Peter Brook and Jerzy Grotowski, Jerome Robbins founded the American Theatre Lab to explore what his grant proposal called “total theatre”: a “poetic,” non-realistic meld of acting, dance, singing, performed by a group of actors and dancers in a closed workshop setting. For three years, with the help of seed money from the fledgling National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by Anna Sokolow, Leonard Bernstein, John Guare, and the young Robert Wilson, among others, Robbins worked with this group on a variety of exercises and projects, including a theater piece based on the Warren Commission’s report on the Kennedy assassination, which was presented alternately as a dramatized documentary and as a Noh play, complete with masks. But none of these efforts was given a public airing; and although the idea of a permanent rehearsal had seemed a good idea to Robbins at the beginning, three years without any closure left him “exhausted” and convinced (as he told the critic Clive Barnes) that “I just couldn’t go on that way.” ATL ceased functioning in 1968; but some of the ideas Robbins worked on there can be clearly seen (as he was the first to admit) in his 1972 ballet Watermill.


An Evening′s Waltzes

 ComposerSergei Prokofiev
 MusicSuite of Waltzes, Op. 110 (1946)
 DancersPatricia McBride, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Christine Redpath, John Clifford, Sara Leland, Bart Cook
 SceneryRouben Ter-Arutunian
 CostumesRouben Ter-Arutunian
 LightingRonald Bates
 PremiereMay 24, 1973, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs23 Dancers:
Part I: 2 demi women (later used in corps); 6 corps women, 6 corps men;
Part II: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man; 4 corps women, 4 corps men;
Part III: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man;
Part IV: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man; 4 corps women, 4 corps men;
Part V: Entire Cast--3 sets of principals with 17 corps members--9 women, 8 men
 Running Time25′
 NotesProkofiev assembled many of the waltzes he had written for various theatrical works and formed them into the symphonic Suite of Waltzes, Opus 110. The waltzes, composed mostly for the great ballroom scenes are from the ballet "Cinderella", the opera "War and Peace" and the film "Lermontov".



 ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
 MusicPiano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat major, op. 75, second movement
 DancersDarci Kistler, Ib Andersen
 CostumesBen Benson
 LightingRonald Bates
 PremiereJune 4, 1981, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs2 Dancers; 1 principal woman, 1 principal man
 Requirementspiano, orchestra
 Running Time10′


Antique Epigraphs

 ComposerClaude Debussy
 MusicSix Epigraphes Antiques (1897), orchestrated by Ernest Ansermet (1932); Syrinx, for solo flute
 DancersKyra Nichols, Stephanie Saland, Maria Calegari, Simone Schumacher, Helene Alexopoulos, Jerri Kumery, Victoria Hall, Florence Fitzgerald
 CostumesFlorence Klotz
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 PremiereFebruary 2, 1984, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs8 Dancers: 4 principal women, 4 corps women
 Running Time20′
 NotesIn 1897 Debussy set to music some newly discovered ancient Greek Sapphic poems called Songs of Bilitis. The poems were published as translations by Pierre Louys, who subsequently admitted writing them himself. Debussy returned to the music material years later and reshaped some of them into piano pieces for four hands called Six Epigraphes Antiques. He wanted to orchestrate them and it was done by Ernest Ansermet in 1932. Syrinx for solo flute completes the score for the ballet. Like the Epigraphes and Afternoon of a Faun, Syrinx was inspired by French poetry about life and myths of Greek antiquity.



 ComposerClaude Debussy
 MusicSix Epigraphes Antiques, piano for four hands, orchestrated by Ernst Ansermet; Syrinx
 DancersNora Kaye, Tanaquil LeClercq, Janet Reed, Robert Barnett, Brooks Jackson, Louis Johnson, John Mandia
 SceneryBoris Aronson
 CostumesBoris Aronson
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 PremiereFebruary 14, 1952, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs7 Dancers: 3 principal women, 4 principal men
 Requirementssolo flute
 Running Time13′


Baryshnikov at the White House

 ComposerJerome Robbins
 DancersMikhail Baryshnikov, Patricia McBride
 PremiereMay 6, 1979

 Notes1979; Pas de deux from Other Dances with Baryshnikov and Patricia McBride. Solo from Dances at a Gathering with McBride. Premiere of new Chopin dance with Baryshnikov and McBride.


Bells Are Ringing

Bells Are Ringing
 BookBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 ComposerJule Styne
 LyricsBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 DirectorJerome Robbins
 ChoreographerBob Fosse & Jerome Robbins
 LeadsJudy Holliday (Ella Peterson)
Sydney Chaplin (Jeff Moss)
Jean Stapleton (Sue)
Peter Gennaro (Carl)
George S. Irving (Larry Hastings)
 DancersNorma Doggett; Phyllis Dorne; Patti Karr; Barbara Newman; Nancy Perkins; Marsha Rivers; Beryle Towbin; Anne Wallace; Doris Avila; Frank Derbas; Don Emmons; Eddie Heim; Kasimir Kokic; Tom O'Steen; Willy Sumner; Ben Vargas; Billy Wilson
 SceneryRaoul Pene du Bois
 CostumesRaoul Pene du Bois
 PremiereNovember 29, 1956, Shubert Theatre; New York City


Billion Dollar Baby

 BookBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 ComposerMorton Gould
 LyricsBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 DirectorGeorge Abbott
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsMitzi Green (Georgia Motley)
Joan McCracken (Maribelle Jones)
Danny Daniels (Champ Watson)
William Talbert (Rocky Barton)
Robert Chisolm (Montague)
David Burns (Dapper Welch)
Don de Leo (Jerry Bonanza)
Emily Ross (Ma Jones)
Shirley Van (Esme)
James Mitchell (Rocky)
 DancersJacqueline Dodge; Helen Gallagher; Virginia Gorski; Maria Harriton; Ann Hutchinson; Cecille Mann: Joan Mann; Virginia Poe; Lorraine Todd; Lucas Aco; Allan Waine; Douglas Deane; Fred Hearne; Joe Landis; James Mitchell; Arthur Partington; Bill Summer
 SceneryOliver Smith
 PremiereDecember 21, 1945, Alvin Theatre, New York City



 ComposerJohannes Brahms
 MusicVariations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24; orchestrated by Edmond Rubbra
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins & Twyla Tharp
 DancersMerrill Ashley, Ib Andersen, Maria Calegari, Bart Cook
 CostumesOscar de la Renta
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 PremiereJune 7, 1984, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs28 Dancers: Blue Principals: 1 woman, 1 man; Green Principals: 1 woman, 1 man; Blue Demis: 2 women, 2 men; Green Demis: 3 women, 3 men; Blue Corps: 4 women, 4 men; Green Corps: 3 women, 3 men
 Running Time29′



 ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach
 MusicBrandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) Allegro, Adagio (Largo from BWV 1021 Sonata for Violin & Basso cont. in G Major), Allegro;
Brandenburg No. 2 in F (BWV 1047) 2nd Mvt. Andante;
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F (BWV 10460 4th Mvt. Menuetto-Trio-Polacca;
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in Bb (BWV 1051) 3rd Mvt. Allegro
 DancersWendy Whelan, Peter Boal, Lourdes Lopez, Nikolaj Hubbe
 CostumesHolly Hynes
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 PremiereJanuary 22, 1997, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs20 Dancers: 2 principal couples, 8 corps men, 8 corps women
 NotesThe Brandenburg Concertos, 6 in number, were written by Bach during the years 1718 and 1720. They are named for and dedicated to Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg and are very popular among Bach′s pieces. Mr. Robbins selected sections from the pieces to make a suite of dances.


Call Me Madam

Call Me Madam
 BookHoward Lindsay & Russell Crouse
 ComposerIrving Berlin
 LyricsIrving Berlin
 DirectorGeorge Abbott
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsEthel Merman (Mrs. Sally Adams)
Paul Lukas (Cosmo Constantine)
Alan Hewitt (Pemberton Maxwell)
Russell Nype (Kenneth Gibson)
Owen Coll (Supreme Court Justice/Grand Duke Otto)
Ralph Chambers (Senator Gallagher)
E.A. Krumschmidt (Hugo Tantinnin)
Henry Lascoe (Sebastian Sebastian)
Galina Talva (Princess Maria)
 DancersTommy Rall; Muriel Bentley; Arthur Partington; Norma Kauser; Ollie Engebretsen; Richard Fjellman; Shellie Farrell; Nina Frenkin; Patricia Hammerlee; Barbara Heath; Norma Kaiser; Virginia LeRoy; Kirsten Valbor; Fred Hearn; Allan Knowls; Kenneth Leroy; Ralph Linn; Douglas Moppert; Bobby Tucker; William Weslow
 SceneryRaoul Pene du Bois & Mainbocher
 CostumesRaoul Pene du Bois & Mainbocher
 PremiereOctober 12, 1950, Imperial Theatre, New York City

 NotesDances & musical numbers staged by Jerome Robbins.


Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux

 ChoreographerGsovsky, Ashton, Martinez, Bruhn, Ulanova, Gorsky, Balanchine
 SceneryRouben Ter-Arutunian
 PremiereJune 29, 1973, Teatro Nuovo; Spoleto, Italy

 NotesRobbins arranged this program of ten pas de deux framed by a specially choreographed prologue and epilogue with Victor Gsovsky, Frederick Ashton, Frederick Ashton after Marius Petipa, Enrique Martinez, Erik Bruhn after August Bournonville, Galina Ulanova after Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky and George Balanchine


Chansons Madecasses

 ComposerMaurice Ravel
 MusicChansons Madecasses (1926) (3 songs)
 DancersPatricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, Debra Austin, Hermes Conde
 LightingRonald bates
 PremiereMay 29, 1975, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs4 Dancers: 2 women, 2 men
 Requirementsmezzo soprano, piano, flute, cello
 Running Time15′
 NotesThe three poems of this song cycle were written by Evariste-Desire de Parny in 1787. The first describes the night tryst of two lovers. The second, a warning cry, relates the disastrous events of colonization. The third sings of the release of evening′s quiet languorousness. Ravel set them to music in 1926. One of the most striking aspects of the Chansons is the earthy immediacy of the words and how, in contrast, Ravel used such cool, elegant and minimum musical means to transform them into the art song form.


Circus Polka

 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicCircus Polka (1942), Dedication: For a Young Elephant
 DancersJerome Robbins (Ringmaster) with 48 students of the School of American Ballet
 PremiereJune 21, 1972, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs48 small girls, 1 ballet master
 Running Time3'



 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicConcertino (for Twelve Instruments) (originally for string quartet, 1920; orchestrated for 12 instruments in 1952); Three Pieces (for Clarinet Solo) (1919).
 LightingRonald Bates
 PremiereJune 16, 1982, New York State Theater; New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs3 Dancers: 2 men, 1 woman
 Running Time10′
 NotesConcertino is one of four ballets from Four Chamber Works.

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