Colorado Ballet

Theme and Variations

Theme and Variations

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Staged by Judith Fugate - 2013
Composer: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Years performed: 2013
Artists of Colorado Ballet - photo by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet - photo by Mike Watson

©The Balanchine Trust

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: The final movement of Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G major, Op. 55
Composer: Tchaikovsky
Premiere: 1947
Average Length: 30 minutes
Number of dancers: 26

The performance of Theme and Variations, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

About Theme and Variations (courtesy of The Balanchine Trust)

An intensive development of the classic ballet lexicon, Theme and Variations was intended, as Balanchine wrote: “to evoke that great period in classical dancing when Russian ballet flourished with the aid of Tchaikovsky’s music.” The final movement of the composer’s third orchestral suite consists of 12 variations. The ballet opens to reveal a corps of twelve women and a principal couple. As the ballet moves from variation to variation, the solo performances of the ballerina and her cavalier are interspersed among the corps performances. As in all classical ballets, there is a central pas de deux. A grand polonaise builds to the climactic finale for the entire cast of 26 dancers.


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