DANCE

28th July — Thursday, 10:00pm

29th July — Friday, 10:00pm

30th July — Saturday, 10:00pm

 

National Ballet of Portugal

George Balanchine

Serenade

 

William Forsythe

Herman Schmerman

 

Hans van Manen

5 Tangos

 

In 1934, George Balanchine, a groundbreaking name in the History of Dance, was only 30 years old when he created Serenade, his first “American” ballet, in his own words. Tchaikovski’s Serenade for Strings in C provided the music for this ballet and the seeds for the North-American dance were then planted. Also according to the words of choreographer William Forsythe, his Herman Schmerman with music by his long-standing collaborator Thom Willems, “has any meaning, just the pleasure of dancing”. Created in 1992, this work is a very inventive pas-de-deux. Hans van Manen‘s Five Tangos close this programme. Premiered by the Dutch National Ballet in 1997, this work is a vibrating sequence of dances which combine classical ballet with the sweeping passion of the tango played by bandoneon of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

The National Ballet of Portugal

George Balanchine

Serenade

George Balanchine choreography
© The George Balanchine Trust
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovski music
Nanette Glushak assistant to The George Balanchine Foundation
© The George Balanchine Trust
Barbora Hurskova and Fernando Duarte rehearsals ballet masters
World Premiere
New York, Adelphi Theatre, American Ballet, 1st March, 1935
CNB Premiere
Lisbon, São Luiz Municipal Theatre, 14th October, 1982

William Forsythe

Herman Schmerman

Duet

William Forsythe choreography, scenic space and light design
Thom Willems music
Gianni Versace and William Forsythe costumes
Maurice Causey re staging
Fátima Brito reheasals ballet master
World Premiere
Frankfurt, Opernhaus, Ballet Frankfurt, 26th September, 1992
CNB Premiere
Porto, Porto Municipal Theatre, Rivoli, 29th January, 2016

Hans van Manen

5 Tangos

Hans van Manen choreography
Astor Piazzolla music
Jean-Paul Vroom set design and costumes
Jan Hofstra light design
Nathalie Caris e Mea Venema assistants to the choreographer
Fernando Duarte rehearsals ballet master
World Premiere
Amsterdam, Dutch National Ballet, 3rd November, 1977
Portugal Premiere
Lisbon, Gulbenkian Main Auditorium, Ballet Gulbenkian, 23rd April, 1982
CNB Premiere
Porto, Porto Municipal Theatre, Rivoli, 29th January, 2016