New York City Ballet Balanchine Black & White Festival

New York City Ballet’s Spring season is upon us, featuring an extraordinary Balanchine Black & White festival from April 28 to May 9. Baroque Lifestyle brings you all the details


“See the music and hear the dancing” is Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine’s famous quote about ballet. And to celebrate the founder of New York City Ballet’s concept of Hear the Dance, this program focuses on a rich musical legacy of composers of his time, such as Stravinsky and Bach.


In keeping with Balantine’s signature style of simplicity instead of elaborate sets and costumes, the program tells the story of Balanchine’s creative history and features 12 pivotal works utilizing the father of American ballet’s stunning, minimalist vision.

 The festival features both matinee and evening performances and is divided into three separate programs. These include:


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Black & White 1 - April 28, May 1, 2, 6 & 9:

Features Stravinsky’s Monumentum pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra, as well as Bach’s Concercto Barocco, Episodes by Webern and The Four Temperaments by Hindemith. These five works, which comprise some of Balantine’s earliest Black & White ballets, range from understated classicism to bold and contemporary pieces. Of the five, Episodes is the most avant-garde white The Four Temperaments is both classically grounded and definitely modern.

Note:  Monumentum pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra will not be performed on May 1 and 6.


Black & White II - April 29, May 3, 5 and 9:

This program spans more than 40 years, including Balanchine’s first work in the new style, Apollo, and ending with two of his old style, all danced to music by Stravinsky. Agon features an extremely athletic performance that was way ahead of its time, and Duo Concertant alternates restful and buoyant passages. Symphony in Three Movements is bold and breathtaking and strikingly confident and powerful.


Black & White III – April 20, May 2 & 9:

This particular program demonstrates Balanchine’s versatility and featurs Square Dance, Le Tombeau de Couperin and Stravinsky Violin Concerto which includes two of the choreographer’s most ingenious and unique pas de deux.


Whether you are visiting New York for one of these programs, or to watch all three magnificent performances that tell the story of this brilliant choreographer’s extraordinary talent, make sure that you contact Baroque Travel to arrange everything for you. We can arrange everything for you, including accommodation, transport and tickets to the New York City Ballet. So contact us right away to arrange your New York getaway by mailing