Masterpiece in Motion

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Date: 23 – 24 August 2013

Time: 8pm

Venue: Esplanade Theatre

Tickets: $30, $50, $70


Masterpiece in Motion is SDT’s International Repertory Season featuring an annual triple bill with three ballets of international standards, bringing the finest examples of choreography to audiences back home.

This fourth season will see the company premiere of the grand masterpiece, Theme and Variations, by celebrated neoclassical choreographer George Balanchine. SDT will also be performing Organ Concerto, a work made specially for the company by acclaimed Dutch Choreographer Nils Christe and Lamberena by American Choreographer Val Caniparoli, a vibrant and stirring tribal-inspired work which was first performed by SDT in 1997.

Theme and Variations by George Balanchine

  Photo: Divertimento No. 15 by George Balanchine


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 Tschaikovsky’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.


Organ Concerto by Nils Christe

A ballet of huge scope and sweep, Organ Concerto is choreographed to Francis Poulenc’s famous music score of the same name, which demands great talent and extraordinary depth from the full cast of dancers. With highlights of dynamic soloist passages, this piece was specially made for SDT by Dutch Choreographer Nils Christe, featuring twelve couples and visually stunning costumes.

Lambarena by Val Caniparoli

Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena was inspired by a score of the same name that blends traditional African rhythms and melodies with extended passages from Johann Sebastian Bach. In response to this exciting and unusual piece of music, and seeking to make a “joyous celebration of dancing,” Caniparoli choreographed an emotion-filled work in eight movements that boldly merges the vocabularies of classical ballet and African dance. This piece was first performed by SDT in 1998 and has been a continuing part of the repertory.


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