Paris Opera Ballet

George Balanchine

In Cinemas 15, 16 & 19 Apr 2023
Conductor
Mikhail Agrest
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Cast
Étoiles and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Music
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin
Choreography
George Balanchine
Designs
Jo Mielziner
Duration
Approx. 1h45 including interval
Captured live from Palais Garnier, Paris, 7 Mar 2023
Official Event Listing

Ballet double bill

Screening direct from the historic Palais Garnier, the Paris Opera Ballet perform two emblematic works by George Balanchine, one of the 20th century's most significant choreographers.

Created in 1970 by the New York City Ballet, Who Cares? is a suite of dances to songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including the classic that gives the piece its name and 'I Got Rhythm'. Against the Manhattan skyline, an ensemble performs in various formations, followed by four soloists. All combine in the playful finale in which Balanchine wanted to use classical dance to show Gershwin’s musical genius and melodic beauty.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s 'Second Piano Concerto', Balanchine's brilliant Ballet Impérial (1941) celebrates the technical virtuosity of academic ballet in the style of his 'spiritual father' Petipa and the great St Petersburg tradition.

Please note: online tickets for this production are not presently available for Palace Cinemas venues in Brisbane/Byron Bay/Canberra/Melbourne/Perth or Sydney. However, advance tickets can be purchased in person at the box offices.

Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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