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In G Major (aka "En Sol")

 ComposerMaurice Ravel
 MusicPiano Concerto in G Major (1928-31)
 DancersSuzanne Farrell, Peter Martins
 SceneryErte
 CostumesErte
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 15, 1975, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs14 Dancers; Principals: 1 woman, 1 man; Corps: 6 women, 6 men
 Requirementspiano, orchestra
 Running Time22′
 NotesRavel, at the peak of fame and popularity, had just returned from a triumphant tour of the United States when he began this concerto.

Ravel wrote that the work was "a concerto in the strict sense, written in the spirit of Mozart and Saint-Saëns... I had intended to call this concerto a ′Divertissement', then it occurred to me that there was no need to do so because the very title ′Concerto′ should be sufficiently clear... In some ways, my concerto is not unlike my Violin Sonata; it uses certain effects borrowed from jazz, but only in moderation."


 

In Memory of...

 ComposerAlban Berg
 MusicViolin Concerto
 DancersSuzanne Farrell, Joseph Duell, Adam Luders
 SceneryDavid Mitchell
 CostumesDain Marcus
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 13, 1985, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs19 Dancers
 Requirementsviolin, orchestra
 Running Time27′
 NotesOn learning of the death of the young daughter of a close friend, Berg, who had a deep affection for the eighteen year old girl, was so overcome that he put aside his work on his opera ″Lulu″ and began composing a violin concerto which, in his own words, was ″dedicated to an angel.″ The music is divided into programmatic sections. First, a portrait of the girl; next, her illness and death; lastly, her transfiguration. Also hidden within the composition are many autobiographical references to Berg himself.

These events took place in the mid-thirties during the Nazi rise to power which, in Austria, left Berg more or less nationless and stripped of his position and security. Within four months of completing the orchestration of the concerto, Berg himself died without ever having heard it performed, leaving the last act of ″Lulu″ unfinished.


 

In the Night

 ComposerFrédéric Chopin
 MusicNocturne (op. 27, no. 1), Nocturne (op. 55, nos. 1 & 2), Nocturne (op. 9, no. 2)
 DancersKay Mazzo, Anthony Blum, Violette Verdy, Peter Martins, Patricia McBride, Francisco Moncion
 CostumesAnthony Dowell
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJanuary 29, 1970, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs6 Dancers
Part I: 1 woman, 1 man
Part II: 1 woman, 1 man
Part III: 1 woman, 1 man
 Requirementspiano
 Running Time21′


 

Interplay

 ComposerMorton Gould
 MusicAmerican Concertette (1943)
First Movement
Second Movement - Gavotte
Third Movement - Blues
Fourth Movement
 DancersFernando Alonso, Muriel Bentley, Mildred Herman, John Kriza, Harold Lang, Tommy Rall, Janet Reed, Rozsika Sabo
 CostumesSanto Loquasto (original costumes by Irene Sharaff)
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 1, 1945, Ziegfeld Theatre, Billy Rose&#8242;s Concert Varieties

 Casting Reqs8 Dancers: 4 women, 4 men
 Requirementspiano, orchestra
 Running Time17&#8242;
 NotesThe ballet demonstrates the interplay between classic ballet steps and the contemporary spirit with which they are executed, the interplay between the dancers and the orchestra, and finally between the dancers themselves. The ballet was first performed in Concert Varieties at the Ziegfeld Theatre in June of 1945 and has since been a favorite in the contemporary American repertory. The music is Morton Gould&#8242;s &#8243;American Concertette&#8243;.


 

Introduction and Allegro for Harp

 ComposerMaurice Ravel
 MusicIntroduction and Allegro for Harp
 DancersPatricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson
 CostumesArnold Scaasi
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 22, 1975, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs8 Dancers
Principals: 1 woman, 1 man; 3 women, 3 men
 Requirementsharp soloist


 

Ives, Songs

 ComposerCharles Ives
 MusicThe Children's Hour, Memories A: Very Pleasant, Waltz, The Cage, The See'r, Two Little Flowers, At the River, Serenity, He Is There, Elegie, Tom Sails Away, White Gulls, Songs My Mother Taught Me, There is a Lane, In Summer Fields, Incantation, Like a Sick Eagle
 DancersHelene Alexopoulos, Stephanie Saland, Alexandre Proia, Jeppe Mydtskov, Laurence Matthews, Stacy Caddell, Katrina Killian, Margaret Tracey, Lauren Hauser, Melinda Roy, Lisa Jackson, Michael Byars, Tom Gold, Robert Lyon, Damian Woetzel, Philip Neal, Jeffrey Edwards, Florence Fitzgerald, Otto Neubert
 CastSinger: Timothy Nolan
Pianist: Gordon Boelzner
 SceneryDavid Mitchell
 CostumesFlorence Klotz
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereFebruary 4, 1988, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs40 Dancers:
The Children′s Hour: 3 women, 1 man
Memories A:
Very Pleasant: 3 women
Waltz: 4 women, 3 men
The Cage: 2 men
The See′r: 1 man
Two Little Flowers: 6 women
At the River & Serenity: 6 women, 6 men
He Is There: 12 men
Elegie: 6 men
Tom Sails Away: 4 women, 9 men
White Gulls: 5 men
Songs My Mother Taught Me: 6 women
There is a Lane: 3 women, 3 men
In Summer Fields: 1 woman, 1 man
from the Incantation: 1 woman, 1 man
Like a Sick Eagle: 3 men
 Requirementsbaritone, piano
 Running Time41′


 

Jerome Robbins' Broadway

 DirectorJerome Robbins
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 GenreMUSICALS
 PremiereFebruary 26, 1989, Imperial Theatre; New York City


 

Jones Beach

 ComposerJurriaan Andriessen
 MusicBerkshire Symphonies (Symphony No. 1 for Orchestra)
 DancersMelissa Hayden, Yvonne Mounsey, Beatrice Tompkins, Herbert Bliss, Frank Hobi, Tanaquil LeClercq, Nicholas Magallanes, William Dollar, Maria Tallchief, Jerome Robbins
 CostumesJantzen
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMarch 9, 1950, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs5 principal women, 5 principal men; 22 women, 9 men; 2 couples; 7 women


 

Les Noces

 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 MusicLes Noces
 DancersErin Martin (Bridge); Veronika Mlakar, Joseph Carow (Her Parents); William Glassman (Groom); Sallie Wilson, Bruce Marks (His Parents); Rosanna Seravalli, Ted Kivitt (Matchmakers)
 SceneryOliver Smith
 CostumesPatricia Zipprodt
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMarch 30, 1965, New York State Theatre, Ballet Theatre

 Casting ReqsThe Bride; Her Parents; The Groom; His Parents; Matchmakers (1 man, 1 woman; Friends & Guests (9 women, 10 men--corps)
 Requirements4 singers, 4 pianists, 4 percussionists, xylophone, timpani
 Running Time24′
 NotesStravinsky used as material for "Les Noces" the ritualistic elements found in the ancient customs and traditions of Russian peasant weddings but reserved the right to use them with absolute freedom, paying little heed to ethnographical considerations. His purpose was not to reproduce the wedding or show a staged dramatization with descriptive music but rather to present a ritualized abstraction of its essences, customs, and tempers.

The text is adapted from folk songs and popular verse, typical wedding remarks – clichés of conversations – but again, they are not used realistically but rather as a collage of the words spoken or sung during these traditional rites. The first half of the "scenic ceremony" deals with the preparations and revolves around religious elements. Alternating with these intense invocations and blessings are continual lamentations by the parents for the loss of their children and by the bride, against the matchmaker, on leaving home and on losing her virginity.

In the second half (the wedding feast), the grief and religious elements are forgotten in robust celebrations with food, drink, songs, toasts, boasts, bawdiness, rough jokes, etc.. A married couple is selected to warm the bed and finally the marriage is allowed to be consummated while all sit outside the nuptial chamber.

The composition is divided into four tableaus which run without interruption.


 

Live from Studio 8H: An Evening with Jerome Robbins and Members of the New York City Ballet

 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 GenreTELEVISION
 PremiereJuly 2, 1980

 Notes1980; Live NBC telecast


 

Look Ma, I'm Dancin'

 BookJerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
 ComposerHugh Martin
 LyricsHugh Martin
 DirectorGeorge Abbott & Jerome Robbins
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsNancy Walker (Lily Malloy)
Harold Lang (Eddie Winkler)
Janet Reed (Ann Bruce)
Alice Pearce (Dusty Lee)
Don Liberto (Wotan)
Loren Welch (Larry)
Virginia Gorski (Snow White)
Rommy Rall (Tommy)
Robert H. Harris (F. Plancek)
Katherine Sergava (Tanya Drinskaya)
Alexander March (Vladimir Lubov)
Raul Celada (Tanya′s Partner)
 DancersMargaret Banks; Mary Broussard; Julie Curtis; Clare Duffy; June Graham; Nina Frenkin; Priscilla Hathaway; Douglas Luther; Bettye McCormack; Gloria Patrice; James Pollack; Dottie Pyrfn; Walter Rinner; Marten Sameth; Walter Stane; Robert Tucker
 SceneryOliver Smith
 CostumesJohn Pratt
 GenreMUSICALS
 PremiereJanuary 29, 1948, Adelphi Theatre, New York City

 NotesScenario by Jerome Robbins.


 

Miss Liberty

 BookRobert Sherwood
 ComposerIrving Berlin
 LyricsIrving Berlin
 DirectorMoss Hart
 LeadsEddie Albert (Horace Miller)
Allyn McLerie (Monique Dupont)
Mary McCarty (Maisie Dell)
Charles Dingle (James Gordon Bennett)
Herbert Berghof (Bartholdi)
Philip Bourneuf (Joseph Pulitzer)
Ethel Griffies (The Countess)
Tommy Rall (The Boy/The Dandy)
Maria Karnilova (The Girl/Ruby)
 DancersVirginia Cowell; Coy Dare; Norma Doggett; Dolores Goodman; Patricia Hammerlee; Norma Kaiser; Gloria Patrice; Janice Rule; Tiny Shimp; Bill Bradley; Fred Hearn; Allen Knowles; Kazimir Kokic; Erik Kristen; Robert Pagent; Eddie Phillips; Bob Tucker
 SceneryOliver Smith
 CostumesMotley
 GenreMUSICALS
 PremiereJuly 15, 1949, Imperial Theatre, New York City

 NotesStaged by Jerome Robbins


 

Mother Courage and Her Children

 BookBertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley
 DirectorJerome Robbins
 LeadsAnne Bancroft (Mother Courage)
 SceneryMing Cho Lee
 CostumesMotley
 GenrePLAYS
 PremiereMarch 28, 1963, Martin Beck Theatre; New York City

 NotesProduced by Jerome Robbins


 

Mother Goose

 ComposerMaurice Ravel
 MusicMa Mere l′Oye Suite (1908, orchestrated 1912)
 DancersMuriel Aasen (Story Teller, Princess Florine); Delia Peters (Good Fairy); Tracy Bennett (Bad Fairy); Deborah Koolish (Beauty); Richard Hoskinson (Beast); Matthew Giordano (Hop o′ My Thumb); Colleen Neary (Laideronette); Jay Jolley (Green Serpent); Daniel Duell (Prince Charming)
 CostumesStanley Simmons
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 22, 1975, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs32 Dancers
Story Teller, Princess Florine, Good Fairy (girl), Bad Fairy (boy), Beauty (girl), Beast (boy), Hop o My Thumb (boy), Laideronnette (girl), Green Serpent (boy), Prince Charming, Cupid (boy), Blackamoors (2 girls, 2 boys), Pagodines (2 girls, 2 boys), Courrier (boy), Corps (5 girls, 8 boys)
 Requirementsstory teller, orchestra
 Running Time25′
 NotesIn 1908 Ravel wrote five piano pieces based on fairy tales as a suite which he called "Ma Mere l′Oye". Later, in 1911, writing a scenario of his own, he added more pieces plus connective transitions. His scenario, charming and wittily detailed as written into the score itself, contains delightful invention. To the spellbound Sleeping Beauty (a character in a fairy tale by Perrault) he gives dreams of other fairy tale characters (also by Perrault or imitators). The ballet had its premiere in 1912 at the Theatre des Arts, Paris.


 

Moves

 MusicA Ballet in Silence
 DancersErin Martin, Michael Maule, Lawrence Gradus, John Jones, James Moore, Bill Reilly, Doug Spingler, Jamie Bauer, Gwen Lewis, Jane Mason, Barbara Milberg, Christine Mayer
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJuly 3, 1959, ″Teatro Nuovo Spoleto, Italy; Ballets: U.S.A.

 Casting Reqs12 Dancers: 6 women, 6 men
 Running Time25′
 NotesMoves was created for Robbins′ Ballets: U.S.A. and had its world premiere at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy in 1959.

Whether a ballet tells a story or concerns itself with pure dance, its form is determined by the web of music on which it is composed according to the interpretations of the choreographer. The score conditions, supports, predicts, and establishes the dynamics, tempos and mood not only for the dance, but for the audience. The music acts as a base for the spectators′ responses to the happenings on stage and creates a pervasive atmosphere for reaction.

Moves severs that guidance and permits the audience to respond solely to the action of the dance, to become aware of the potential to gesture and to respond directly to the curiosity of movement, and to be released from the associations evoked by scenery, costumes, and music.


 

N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz

 ComposerRobert Prince
 MusicN.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
 DancersPatricia Dunn, Jay Norman, Tom Abbott, Bob Bakanic, John Mandia, James White, Wilma Curley, John Jones, Sondra Lee, Gwen Lewis, Erin Martin, Barbara Milberg, Beryl Towbin, Joan Van Orden, James Moore
 SceneryBen Shahn
 CostumesBen Shahn and Florence Klotz
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 8, 1958, Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy; Ballets: U.S.A.

 Casting Reqs18 Dancers: 2 principal men, 2 principal women; 7 men, 7 women
 Running Time28′
 Notes"N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz" was first performed by Jerome Robbins′ Ballets: U.S.A. at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy in June of 1958. Following are revised program notes from that production which concern the youth and dances of the late 50's.

There has always been a tremendous amount of popular dancing in America. At this time, its vitality has reached a new high, developing and expanding in form and style from the major and basic contributions of the African-American and Latin-American. Because of a strong unconscious emotional kinship with those minority roots, teenagers particularly have popularized these dances. Feeling very much like a minority group in this threatening and explosive world, the young have so identified with the dynamics, kinetic impetus, the drives and ′coolness′ of today′s jazz steps that these dances have become an expression of our youths′ outlook and their attitudes toward the contemporary world around them, just as each era′s dance has significantly reflected the character of our changing world and a manner of dealing with it.

"N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz" is a formal, abstract ballet based on the kinds of movements, complexities of rhythms, expressions of relationships, and qualities of atmospheres found in today′s dance.


 

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama′s Hung You in the Closet and I′m Feelin′ So Sad

 BookArthur Kopit
 ComposerRobert Prince
 DirectorJerome Robbins
 LeadsJo Van Fleet
Austin Pendleton
Barbara Harris
Tony Lo Bianco
 SceneryWilliam & Jean Eckart
 CostumesPatricia Zipprodt
 GenrePLAYS
 PremiereAugust 27, 1963, Morosco Theatre; New York City


 

On the Town

On the Town
 BookBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 ComposerLeonard Bernstein
 LyricsBetty Comden & Adolph Green
 DirectorGeorge Abbott
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsSono Osato (Ivy)
Nancy Walker (Hildy)
Betty Comden (Claire)
Adolph Green (Ozzie)
John Battles (Gabey)
Robert Chisholm (Pitkin)
Chris Alexander (Chip)
Ray Harrison (The Great Lover)
 DancersBarbara Gaye; Lavina Nielsen; Atty Vandenberg; Dorothy McNichols; Cyprienne Gabelman; Jean Handy; Virginia Miller; Nelle Fisher; Royce Wallace; Allyn Ann McLerie; Malka Farber; Aza Bard; Ray Harrison; Frank Neal; Carle Ebrele; James Flashe Riley; Ben Piazza; Douglas Matheson; Duncan Noble; Frank Westbrook; John Butler; Richard D'Arcy; Lyle Clark
 SceneryOliver Smith
 CostumesAlvin Colt
 GenreMUSICALS
 PremiereDecember 28, 1944, Adelphi Theatre, New York City

 NotesBased on Jerome Robbins' ballet "Fancy Free"


 

Opus 19 / The Dreamer

 ComposerSergei Prokofiev
 MusicViolin concerto No. 1 in D Major
 DancersPatricia McBride, Mikhail Baryshnikov
 CostumesBen Benson
 LightingJennifer Tipton (original lighting by Ronald Bates)
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 14, 1979, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs14 Dancers: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man; 6 corps women, 6 corps men
 Requirementsviolin, orchestra
 Running Time23′


 

Other Dances

 ComposerFrederic Chopin
 MusicMazurka (op. 17, no. 4)
Mazurka (op. 41, no. 3)
Waltz (op. 64, no. 3)
Mazurka (op. 63, no. 2)
Mazurka (op. 33, no. 2)
 DancersNatalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov
 CostumesSanto Loquasto
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMay 9, 1976, Metropolitan Opera House; Gala, NYPL for the Performing Arts

 Casting Reqs2 Dancers: 1 woman, 1 man
 Requirementspiano on stage
 Running Time17′
 Notes″Other Dances″ was created especially for a gala benefit for the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The program notes for that occasion follow:

″The title of this series of dances reflects their relationship to Jerome Robbins′ ″Dances at a Gathering″. There was so much of Chopin′s music that Mr. Robbins wished to choreograph that he has used this opportunity to devise for Miss Makarova and Mr Baryshnikov these Other Dances -- a waltz and four mazurkas.″

Dedicated to the memory of Eugenia Doll.


 

Pas de Trois

 ComposerHector Berlioz
 Musicfrom "The Damnation of Faust"
 DancersAnton Dolin, Andre Eglevsky, Rosella Hightower
 CostumesJohn Pratt
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereMarch 26, 1947, Metropolitan Opera House, original Ballet Russe


 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan
 BookJames M. Barrie
 ComposerMark Charlap & Jule Styne
 LyricsCarolyn Leigh, Betty Comden & Adolph Green
 DirectorJerome Robbins
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsMary Martin (Peter Pan)
Cyril Ritchard (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook)
Kathy Nolan (Wendy/Jane)
Robert Harrington (John)
Heller Halliday (Liza)
Margalo Gillmore (Mrs Darling)
Joe E. Marks (Smee)
Sondra Lee (Tiger Lily)
 DancersIndians:
Robert Banas, Don Lurio, Robert Piper, William Sumner, Richard Wyatt, Linda Dangcil, Lisa Lang, Suzanne Luckey, Joan Tewkesbury.
Pirates:
Robert Tucker, Frank Lindsay, Frank Marasco, James Whyte, William Burke, Chester Fisher, John Newton, Arthur Tookoian, Robert Vanselow, Richard Winter
 SceneryPeter Larkin
 CostumesMotley
 GenreMUSICALS
 PremiereOctober 20, 1954, Winter Garden Theatre; New York City

 NotesAdapted, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.


 

Peter Pan

 BookJames M. Barrie
 ComposerMark Charlap & Jule Styne
 LyricsCarolyn Leigh, Betty Comden & Adolph Green
 DirectorJerome Robbins
 ChoreographerJerome Robbins
 LeadsMary Martin (Peter Pan)
 GenreTELEVISION
 PremiereMarch 7, 1955

 NotesWith Mary Martin; Directed and choreographed


 

Piano Pieces

 ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
 Music(in order of performance)
1) Danse Caracteristique, op. 72, no. 4
2) Le Paysan Prelude, op. 39, no. 12
3) Chanson Populaire, op. 39, no. 13
4) Polka, op. 39, no. 14
5) Le Petit Cavalier, op. 39, no. 3
6) Reverie, op. 9, no. 1
7) La Sorciere, op. 39, no. 20
8) November - Troika, op. 37, no. 11
9) Natha Waltz, op. 51, no. 4
10) Mazurka, op. 39, no. 10
11) October - Chant d'Automne, op. 37, no. 10
12) Polka de Salon, op. 9, no. 2
13) June - Barcarolle, op. 37, no. 6
14) Scherzo a la Russe, op. 1, no. 1
 DancersIb Andersen, Kyra Nichols, Daniel Duell, Maria Calegari, Joseph Duell, Bart Cook, Heather Watts
 CostumesBen Benson
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 11, 1981, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs″19 Dancers: 3 principal women, 4 principal men; 6 corps women (2 demi), 6 corps men″
 Requirementspiano
 Running Time39′
 NotesTchaikovsky composed an extraordinary amount of music for the solo piano, most of it unknown compared to his more famous orchestral works. The music for this ballet is comprised of pieces which span his musical career from Opus 1, No. 1 through Opus 72, No. 4 and come from various collections: The Seasons, Children′s Album, and Opus 1, 9, 51, and 72.


 

Piccolo Balletto

 ComposerIgor Stravinsky
 Musicconcerto in E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks, 8.5.1928" for Chamber Orchestra
 DancersDarci Kistler, Robert LaFosse
 ScenerySanto Loquasto
 CostumesSanto Loquasto
 LightingRonald Bates
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereJune 5, 1986, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs14 Dancers: 1 principal woman, 1 principal man; 6 corps women, 6 corps men
 Requirementsorchestra
 Running Time15′


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