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A Program of Firsts A Program of Firsts A Program of Firsts

Pennsylvania Ballet

A Program of Firsts

May 12, 2016
May 15, 2016

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By Balanchine, Neenan, & Scarlett
Music by Tchaikovsky

Experience a milestone in the history of dance with George Balanchine's Serenade, set to the classic score of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48. The first original ballet Balanchine created in America, Serenade incorporates unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography such as students falling or arriving late. Heralded by The New York Times as 'one of today's foremost dance poets,' Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan conceives his world premiere for the Company. In Asphodel Meadows, a company and North American premiere, Liam Scarlett presents three compelling pas de deuxs, which mirror Francis Poulenc's vigorous dialogue between two pianos. This contemporary interpretation of classical style closely follows Poulenc's score and quickly shifts in mood throughout the piece.


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