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All Balanchine Program

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Ballet Arizona's "All Balanchine" program opens tonight and runs through Sunday afternoon. Casting has been posted to the website:

Ballet Arizona presents

All Balanchine

May 31 – June 3, 2012

With The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

Running Time: Total Run time is 1:53. Running times are approximate.

Violin Concerto 24 Minutes

-20 minute Intermission-

Episodes 29 Minutes

-20 minute Intermission-

Rubies 20 Minutes

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Music, Igor Stravinsky, Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

Choreography, George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Original lighting, Mark Stanley

Lighting Recreated, Michael Korsch

Staged, Ib Andersen

Costumes, Karinska

TOCCATA

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

TZU-CHIA HUANG and ASTRIT ZEJNATI, NATALIA MAGNICABALLI and ILIR SHTYLLA

June 2M, June 3M

PAOLA HARTLEY and ROMAN ZAVAROV, JILLIAN BARRELL and JOSEPH CAVANAUGH

Beau Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Chisholm, Erica Felsch, Alexandra Hartnett, Kanako Imayoshi, Kendra Mitchell-Dahl, Jessica Phillips, Breanne Starke

Ryland Early, Nayon Iovino, Shea Johnson, Myles Lavallee, Zherlin Ndudi, Gleidson Vasconcelos, Michal Wozniak, Slawomir Wozniak

ARIA I

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

NATALIA MAGNICABALLI and ILIR SHTYLLA

June 2M, June 3M

JILLIAN BARRELL and JOSEPH CAVANAUGH

ARIA II

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

TZU-CHIA HUANG and ASTRIT ZEJNATI

June 2M, June 3M

PAOLA HARTLEY and ROMAN ZAVAROV

CAPRICCIO

Entire Cast Episodes

Music, Anton Webern/ J.S. Bach, Symphony, Op. 21; Five Pieces, Op. 10; Concerto, Op. 24; Ricercata in Six Voices from Bach's Musical Offering

Choreography, George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Lighting, Michael Korsch

Staged, Joysanna Sidimus

SYMPHONY, OP. 21

NATALIA MAGNICABALLI and ILIR SHTYLLA

Beau Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Chisholm, Kanako Imayoshi

Joseph Cavanaugh, Myles Lavallee, Michal Wozniak

FIVE PIECES, OP. 10

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

JESSICA PHILLIPS and SHEA JOHNSON

June 2M, June 3M

KENNA DRAXTON and SHEA JOHNSON

CONCERTO, OP. 24

TZU-CHIA HUANG and ASTRIT ZEJNATI

Beau Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Chisholm, Erica Felsch, Breanne Starke

RICERCATA IN SIX VOICES FROM BACH’S “MUSICAL OFFERING”

JILLIAN BARRELL and SLAWOMIR WOZNIAK

Beau Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Chisholm, Amanda Eddleman, Sasha Edelman, Erica Felsch, Alexandra Hartnett, Kanako Imayoshi, Michelle Mahowald, Rochelle Marks,

Kendra Mitchell-Dahl, Jessica Phillips or Kenna Draxton, Aidan Schubert*, Breanne Starke, Casey Stone*[/size][/font][/color] Rubies

from the ballet Jewels

Music, Igor Stravinsky, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, 1929

ChoreographY, George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Original lighting, Ronald Bates

Lighting Recreated, Michael Korsch

Staged, Ib Andersen

Costumes, Karinska

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

JILLIAN BARRELL and NAYON IOVINO

June 2M, June 3 M

PAOLA HARTLEY and ROMAN ZAVAROV

May 31E, June 1E, June 2E

Kenna Draxton

June 2M

Kanako Imayoshi

June 3 M

Tzu-Chia Huang

Beau Campbell, Sarah Elizabeth Chisholm, Sasha Edelman, Erica Felsch, Alexandra Hartnett, Michelle Mahowald, Jessica Phillips, Breanne Starke

Myles Lavallee, Zherlin Ndudi, Michal Wozniak, Slawomir Wozniak

* Students from The School of Ballet Arizona.

Casting subject to change without notice.

Letters indicate date of performance, E for evening, M for matinee

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Looks juicy -- I envy you the Episodes in particular!

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Looks juicy -- I envy you the Episodes in particular!

Me too. And also seeing Magnicaballi in both Episodes and in Stravinsky Violin Concerto!

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While I understand why Agon is considered one of the greatest ballets ever, Episodes is my favorite of the Balanchine black-and-white ballets.

Ballet Arizona is doing the standard post-Graham version and doesn't include the Paul Taylor solo, which NYCB revived with Peter Frame in 1986-7.

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Wish Atlanta Ballet would consider an all Balanchine program these days--would not even have to be quite such a sophisticated one and I'd be happy.

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While I understand why Agon is considered one of the greatest ballets ever, Episodes is my favorite of the Balanchine black-and-white ballets.

Ballet Arizona is doing the standard post-Graham version and doesn't include the Paul Taylor solo, which NYCB revived with Peter Frame in 1986-7.

Perhaps it's just that I've seen Agon so many times and Episodes only three, but I prefer it as well. And Stravinsky Violin Concerto next to that. All three scores are big favorites. NYCB did not include the Taylor solo when they brought Episodes to the Kennedy Center last year.

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I've only seen Episodes on tape, so can't say I like it better or worse, but I am very, very fond of Agon. And Apollo.

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I saw the Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances, but I wasn't able to stay for Sunday. Ballet Arizona posted this photo to its Facebook page,

and it looks like Sunday's cast. I see flowers and people in street clothes, but I don't recognize the dancer holding the bouquet. At season end, there are usually presentations and extra bows for dancers leaving the company: were there any this year?

Also, the company announced that Jessica Phillips, who rocked the "Five Pieces" section of "Episodes" with Shea Johnson, and Sarah Chisholm were promoted to Corps de Ballet. :flowers: to them both!

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