vipa, on 14 July 2011 - 04:06 PM, said:
At the same time it's nice to see the ABT dancers do a Balanchine work or two (nothing to dominate the rep). Theme & Variations (correct me if I'm wrong) was done on ABT, so that is part of the history.
Also, Balanchine works can offer challenges and growth opportunities for individual dancers.
Yes, it was -- T&V was originally choreographed for Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch in 1947. According to the Balanchine Catalogue, the demi-soloists were Anna Cheselka, Melissa Hayden, Paula Lloyd, Cynthia Riseley, Fernando Alonso, Eric Braun, Fernand Nault, and Zachary Solov.
The first NYCB production was in 1960, and "In 1970, incorporated (with minor revisions) as the fourth movement of the full Suite No 3
...(Later called Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3
). It was also shown in 1978 on PBS with American Ballet Theatre. With NYCB only the Pas de Deux through finale was performed at the Balanchine Celebration in 1983 and broadcast on PBS (and sold commercially).
Details from the New York Public Library catalog:
ABT has also done a few ballets that Balanchine dropped from NYCB's rep: "Bourree Fantasque" and "Symphonie Concertante".
It was the Kirkland/Baryshnikov performance.
NYPL also has the videotape (for internal use) of the Balanchine Foundation coaching session by Alicia Alonso of Herrera and Corella from 1998.