New Work (Premieres Feb, 2013) Choreography by Stanton Welch
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (1987) Choreography by William Forsythe and music by Thom Willems
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) Choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky and music by Igor Stravinsky
One of America’s leading ballet companies epitomizing the highest standard of classical training, Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America. A treat for Minnesota audiences after recently seeing his new Indigo, a new work choreographed by Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch will be seen in Minnesota the week after its world premiere in Chicago. Originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a purely abstract work combining classical ballet lines with an air of cool detachment in this contemporary masterpiece, with Willems’ intense electronic score cutting the air like thunder. Commemorating its 100th anniversary, The Rite of Spring’s (Le Sacre du Printemps) famously scandalous world premiere in Paris caused a riot and changed dance forever. Its outrageous costumes, audacious choreography, and Stravinsky’s musical innovations secured its place in history as monumental art still relevant today. Despite its inauspicious debut, Stravinsky’s score for The Rite of Spring today stands as a magnificent musical masterpiece of the twentieth century, being used for choreography more than any other music.
Northrop Concerts and Lectures
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