Dance Film Sunday Presents: Millepied, Balanchine, Robbins

Dance Film Sunday Presents: Millepied, Balanchine, Robbins

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

3:00 pm | 1 hr 15 min | $12/$10 members/$6 under 12

Great American dance comes to Rosendale by way of Paris in “Millepied, Balanchine, Robbins” in the H.D. Cinema experience from the exquisite Paris Opera Ballet, the world’s oldest ballet company. In this new production captured at the Clear_Loud_Bright_Forward_Paris_Opera_BalletPalais Garnier with its Marc Chagall painted ceiling, Benjamin Millepied, Paris Opera’s director of dance, pays tribute to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, his artistic masters, in a mixed bill program. As leaders of the American style of ballet and dance in general, very few choreographers have achieved the heights of Balanchine and Robbins. The repertoire for the program includes “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward,” choreography by Benjamin Millepied, music by Nico Muhly; “Opus 19 / The Dreamer,” choreography by Jerome Robbins, music by Sergei Prokofiev; and “Theme and Variations,” choreography by George Balanchine, music by Tschaikovsky.

An intensive development of the classic ballet lexicon, Balanchine’s“Theme and Variations” is a plotless ballet with glorious choreography and glittering costumes. A vision of the Imperial Ballet in its heyday at the Maryinksy Theatre “when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tschaikovsky’s music,” it has been said that “Theme and Variations” is the “niece” of “The Sleeping Beauty” – bringing 19th century ballet into the 20th.

Made in 1979, “Opus 19 / The Dreamer” was choreographed by Jerome Robbins for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Patricia Theme_and_Variations2McBride; the ballet focuses on the male protagonist’s elusive interactions with his ethereal counterpart. Robbins capitalized on the musical qualities of Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major” which opens mysteriously, gains forceful momentum in the scherzo, and then ends serenely. Like the concerto, the ballet leaves a feeling of a dream half-remembered.

“Clear, Bright, Loud, Forward,” was created by Benjamin Millepied to open the 2015 – 2016 Paris Opera Ballet Season. Using the music of his frequent collaborator Nico Muhly, it is meant to be a contemporary fusion of choreography, music, and theatrical arts. Roslyn Sucas of “The New York Times” wrote, “Millepied’s choreographic style is his own — fleet, with the body often arrested in sudden still positions that draw the eye to the beauty of line in classical ballet… He is highly musical, evoking thoughts of friendship, love, power, isolation, fear and hardship.”