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Pennsylvania Ballet

Resilience

Featuring Polyphonia, Raymonda Suite, Allegro Brillante, and And So It Is..

Thursday
Apr 29, 2021
9:00 AM
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Overview

Our spring program Strength. Resilience. Beauty. continues in April with brand-new filmed performances of Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon, Raymonda Suite by Marius Petipa, Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine, and an excerpt from And So It Is... by Dwight Rhoden.

Resilience will be available for streaming from April 29 to May 5.

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Polyphonia
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Györgi Ligeti


A breakthrough contemporary work by Christopher Wheeldon, Polyphonia features eight dancers moving in highly precise, almost mathematical choreography to stunning visual effect. This angular ballet is set to ten piano pieces by the composer György Ligeti, who pioneered the musical technique of micropolyphony.


Raymonda Suite
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Alexander Glazunov


Marius Petipa's original choreography from 1898 is reconstructed by Corella for this production of Raymonda Suite. The festive orchestration and classical choreography features a series of impressive solos, revealing different emotions and colors with each movement. This ballet is danced to Alexander Glazunov's enchanting score.

 

Allegro Brillante
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Balanchine's Allegro Brillante is hailed as one of his purest and most joyous dance pieces. Originally produced in 1963, the ballet is set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3 and features a high degree of choreographic development within restricted time and space, making it one of the most demanding pieces in the repertoire.


And So It Is... (excerpt)
Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
Music by Steve Reich


A spectacular solo performance by principal dancer Jermel Johnson from Rhoden's And So It Is... finishes the Resilience program. Featuring music by Steve Reich, this excerpt celebrates the strength, majesty, and perseverance of one man and the inevitable evolution that takes place in life over time.