In November 2003, following the company’s highly successful West Coast premiere, The San Francisco Chronicle said of artistic director Suzanne Farrell that “she seems to be reinventing the art of ballet itself .” Under the auspices of the Kennedy Center, Farrell’s international company of dancers returns to the Opera House with two all-Balanchine mixed repertory programs. Program A features Bugaku; Symphony in Three Movements and Divertissements from Don Quixote, one of the reconstruction works from the Balanchine Preservation Initiative. Program B features Bugaku; Ballade; Pithoprakta, one of the reconstruction works from the Balanchine Preservation Initiative, and Chaconne, a work presented in artistic partnership with Cincinnati Ballet.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Artistic Partnership with Cincinnati Ballet,
October 22-November 10, 2007
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is proud to announce a special artistic partnership this fall with Cincinnati Ballet (Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director). This outreach effort will highlight Suzanne Farrell’s strengths as a coach and teacher, as well as her unique artistic relationship with George Balanchine, while providing performance opportunities for the Farrell Ballet dancers. It is fitting for the company’s first partnership of this nature to be in Ms. Farrell’s hometown of Cincinnati. Cincinnati Ballet will host The Suzanne Farrell Ballet for a three-week residency beginning October 22, including performances on November 9-10 in a shared program as part of Cincinnati’s home season. Ms. Farrell will teach and rehearse Balanchine’s Chaconne, which will be performed jointly. In addition, each company will also perform its own repertory as part of the program. In return, selected members of the Cincinnati Ballet will perform in Chaconne during the Farrell Ballet’s Kennedy Center engagement in November.
An interesting season. I think Farrell (or somebody else in/near the company) is smart, at this stage of the company's development, to pair up with an existing group to gain further performances and exposure. This is beginning to look like the season of Bugaku, which hasn't been seen much in the past 10 years. Now two companies will be performing the work in near season. And Ballade -- I wonder if Merrill Ashley will be used to set the ballet.