Circus Polka* (Robbins/Stravinsky)
The Cage* (Robbins/Stravinsky)
Other Dances* (Robbins/Chopin)
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin)
West Side Story Suite (Robbins/Bernstein)
Feb 2, 2018 - Feb 4, 2018 | Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Program Two is a Robbins Celebration in honor of the 100th birthday of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins with an entire program of his work, including three company premieres and two returning favorites. For New York City Ballet’s (NYCB) famous Stravinsky Festival in 1972, Robbins concocted Circus Polka to celebrate the great composer. MCB will pay similar homage by premiering this enchanting pièce d’occasion. In Other Dances, he created a lyrical and charming extended duet for the reigning stars of classical ballet: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova. It was a sensation!
Finally, the first hit Robbins created for NYCB more than 65 years ago, The Cage, which still shocks with its deadly female and fierce community of voracious creatures.
Returning are In the Night, demonstrating three stages of love – flirtation, passion and intimacy – experienced through three pas de deux danced against a star-studded night sky; and West Side Story Suite, back by popular demand, with its show-stopping music by Leonard Bernstein. MCB’s own Sharks and Jets rumble, fall in love, dance and sing in this abbreviated version, one of the greatest, and best loved, of all Broadway musicals.