With sadness and regret we learn that a valiant and artistically important ballet company will soon be no longer.
In a farewell program of George Balanchine favorites, each with a special meaning for Ms. Farrell, the Kennedy Center’s The Suzanne Farrell Ballet celebrates its 16th and final season with performances in the Opera House, December 7–9.
Among the five works on the program, three were created for her by Balanchine: the rarely performed pas de deux Meditation, the gypsy fantasy Tzigane, as well as the 27-dancer Chaconne. Last season’s revival of Gounod Symphony will also be included. One of two large-scale works, Serenade, the first ballet Balanchine made in America, and Chaconne will alternate each evening.
“These programs are a reflection of all that the company has accomplished, presenting works that are near and dear to me,” stated Suzanne Farrell. “To share the profound legacy of George Balanchine with our audiences has been immeasurable. I have enormous respect and pride for my dancers, and this final poignant season will be a celebration of them, and a way to express my deep gratitude to the generous supporters of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.”
arts·meme is pleased to share that dance critic Susan Reiter will review these magnificent programs for the blog.
In a related event, we will soon be viewing two dancers from the company, Allynne Noelle and Thomas Garrett Brown, in the Luminario Ballet Viennese Winter gala.