Robert Joffrey’s “Pas de Deesses”
An Oklahoma premiere featuring live piano
Meaning “Dance of the Goddesses,” “Pas de Deesses” is a delicate remembrance of the Romantic era created by Robert Joffrey in 1954. Inspired by a 19th century lithograph, the ballet is an imaginary glimpse of three great ballerinas – Lucille Grahn, Marie Taglioni and Fanny Cerrito – meeting and competing for the attentions of the great male dancer Arthur Saint-Leon (who was married to Cerrito).
George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments”
A company premiere
One of Balanchine’s earliest works, which features his signature neo-classical style, fusing ballet steps with a lean and angular modern sensibility. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that humans are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament: melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic and choleric. First performed in 1946 and set to a commissioned score by Paul Hindemith, “The Four Temperaments” is one of George Balanchine’s most iconic ballets and is performed around the world.
Cayetano Soto Ramirez
A world premiere
Ramirez is a new dance maker with a profound talent. His choreography has won numerous awards, and his technical, contemporary and often unexpected works are in the repertoire of major international dance companies. Cayetano Soto Ramirez brings his forward-thinking art to Oklahoma City ballet dancers for a special treat no one has yet seen.
Show times are Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 20, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 8.
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