So, Happy Spring and welcome to the second half of our season – the season of the tutu!
There were 25 swans performing in white tutus in March; in April our dancers will don 19 tutus in Theme and Variations; in Paquita there are 13 ladies in tutus in various shades of red, orange and purple, and in May a mixture of romantic (long) green tutus in the Emeralds section of Jewels, then 17 more white tutus in Diamonds!
In addition to seeing so many gorgeous costumes, our audience will be treated to more music of Tchaikovsky. We’ve already presented three of his most popular ballets this season – The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and the achingly beautiful Swan Lake. Although deemed a critical failure when first performed in 1892 Swan Lake has become arguably the most popular ballet of all time. In our April program the music for Balanchine’s Theme and Variations is the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 for Orchestra and in our May program, Balanchine’s Diamonds is set to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major without the first movement. For more information about this prolific composer and his affinity for ballet, please stop by the glass vitrines in the ambulatory on the ground floor of the Academy of Music to see costumes and photos and to learn more about Tchaikovsky’s love affair with ballet.