Balanchine, Barber & Brandywine

Balanchine, Barber & Brandywine

photo Susan Royce

Balanchine, Barber & Brandywine

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This October, Brandywine Ballet presents a repertoire production of professional ballet and contemporary dance in downtown West Chester – Balanchine, Barber & Brandywine. The performance will feature new works by local choreographers Tim Early, Meredith Rainey, Nancy Page, as well as the world-renowned George Balanchine. Returning to the West Chester stage is Balanchine’s Serenade, a work presented in four movements of “Sonatina,” “Waltz,” “Russian Dance,” and “Elegy.”

Featured in this repertoire production is Nancy Page’s Voices, set primarily to the music of Samuel Barber, a famous American musician and composer born in West Chester in 1910. A musical prodigy, he later became famous for his internationally celebrated composition Adagio for Strings. This piece serves as the centerfold of Voices, which features a heroine torn between angels and devils of looming insanity brought on by the inner grappling of old communal norms and a newfound expression of freedom. Are the voices in her head a sign of impending doom, or will they set her free? The other piece featured in Voices is Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer and pianist living in the United States.

Meredith Rainey presents two new works choreographed on the dancers of Brandywine Ballet. PMG is an interpretation of the intricate Prelude, Menuets 1 & 2, and Gigue from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G. It is a playful investigation of the complicated, yet accessible music performed by Yo-Yo Ma. With musical concepts such as point-counterpoint, canon, fugue, rhythm, and melody, Rainey's choreography has the dancers transverse the stage with a youthful speed, grace, and agility. His second work, Birdland, was inspired by the characteristics, behaviors, and movements of birds, and draws parallels between humanity and our fine-feathered friends set to the music of Oliver Davis.

Tim Early, Brandywine Contemporary’s Resident Choreographer, uses patterns and layers of movement to create a fabric overlay to Ezio Bosso's Symphony No. 2. The first movement is a journey through undefined pathways of light and movement. The second begins a clear view of angles and lines set by the movement and formations. Early incorporates simple gestures and improvisational elements to weave together the 3rd and 4th movements of the piece.

This stunning array of classical ballet, contemporary dance, and musical accompaniment in downtown West Chester is a production you don’t want to miss! 

October 26 - 10 a.m.
October 27 - 7 p.m. 

October 28 - 2 p.m.

Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High St., West Chester, PA 19383

Single Tickets:

Section A: $42

Section B: $32

Section C: $25

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