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Who Cares?

Who Cares?

Choreographer: George Balanchine, staged by Judith Fugate
Composer: George Gershwin
Years performed: 2000

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Excerpts of George Gershwin arranged by Hershy Kay
Composer: Gershwin, George / Kay, Hershy
Premiere: 1970
Average Length: 41 minutes
Number of dancers:  24

About Who Cares? (courtesy of The Balanchine Trust):

In 1937, George Gershwin asked Balanchine to come to Hollywood to work with him on Samuel Goldwyn’s “Follies.” Tragically, Gershwin was felled by a brain tumor before he completed the ballet music for the film. Thirty-three years later, Balanchine choreographed Who Cares? to 16 songs Gershwin composed between 1924 and 1931, including “Strike Up the Band,” “Sweet and Low Down,” “Somebody Loves Me,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “‘S Wonderful,” “That Certain Feeling,” “Do Do Do,” “Lady Be Good,” “The Man I Love,” “Build a Stairway to Paradise,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” “Who Cares?,” “My One and Only,” “Liza,”  and “I Got Rhythm.” Kay’s orchestrations draw extensively on Gershwin’s own piano arrangements of his songs. Balanchine used the songs not to evoke any particular era but as a way to portray an exuberance that is both broadly American and charged with the distinctive energy of Manhattan.

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