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Memory Book - Program 2: Program of Premieres (April 13 -15, 2012)

Playbill   Music from the show.

Allegro Brillante
Set to the last piece of music that Tchaikovsky ever wrote, George Balanchine's bravura ballet
for two principals and an ensemble is unabashedly romantic and requires strong dancing,
precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said of the work, "It contains everything I know
about the classical ballet in 13 minutes."

Allegro Brillante (Company Premiere)
Choreography: George Balanchine
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Unfinished Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat, Opus 75

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Junna Ige and Maykel Solas Junna Ige and Maykel Solas
Full cast
"George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante is, on balance, a sound addition to the company's repertoire—the kind of ballet that makes a good company stronger."
Mary Ellen Hunt, San Francisco Chronicle


"Set to Tchaikovsky's unfinished 3rd piano concerto, opus 75 in E flat, this piece lives up to its names, Allegro, as a quick and lively ballet with difficult, quick leaps and turns." "Although this is one of Balanchine's more difficult works to perform, with rapid movements such as déboulés and sauts, [Junna] Ige and [Maykel] Solas rose to the technical challenge while making it look easy as well as fun."
Michael Phelan, BayDance.com


"Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, as staged by Elyse Borne, played as a kind of kinetic etude for dancers, grouped in geometric forms, symmetrical and angular, as required. Leaps, pirouettes, and the general resistance to gravity dominated the pliant figures, occasionally permitted a grand gesture in the manner of Imperial Ballet. Athletic and eminently youthful, the sparkling romp set to Tchaikovsky's often bombastic and glittery music set the sanguine tone of the afternoon." Gary A. Lemco
The Classical Music Guide