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George Balanchine

1hr 40mins
Directed by
Mikhail Agrest
les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra

Created in 1970 by the New York City Ballet, Who cares? is a suite of dances to songs by George and Ira Gershwin - including the “classic” that gives the piece its name and I Got Rhythm - against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. 

Who cares? combines an ensemble of dancers in various formations, followed by four soloists. All come together in a playful finale in which Balanchine wanted to show the musical genius and melodic beauty of Gershwin’s compositions through classical dance. A tribute to the grandeur of Imperial Russia, Ballet Impérial was created in 1941 by the American Ballet Caravan to Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto. A work in which George Balanchine brilliantly celebrates the technical virtuosity of academic ballet in the style of Petipa - his “spiritual father” - and the great St Petersburg tradition.

Artistic team

New to the repertoire

Ballet impérial

Music / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Concerto pour piano n° 2 en sol majeur, op. 44

Pianist / Emmanuel Strosser

Who Cares?

Musics / George Gershwin

Adaptation and orchestration / Hershy Kay

Sets / Paul Gallis

Choreographies / George Balanchine

Costumes / Xavier Ronze

Lighting design / Mark Stanley

Musical direction / Mikhail Agrest

Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris


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