29 Feb - 30 Mar 2012

Qi Huan in Final Dress from NYC. Photo credit: Ross Brown.

New Young Classic: Three Short Ballets from the Big Apple
An opportunity to enjoy contrasting ballets conceived and created in New York City. From works by the city’s hottest young choreographers, Larry Keigwin and Benjamin Millepied, to a Balanchine classic inspired by Gershwin’s legendary songs, this exceptional programme will excite audiences throughout New Zealand.

Who Cares?*
Balanchine’s Who Cares? is a tribute to his friend George Gershwin. The title song is just one of many classic favourites – Embraceable You, That Certain Feeling, I’ve Got Rhythm – making this exuberant Manhattan ballet unmissable.

28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini
A chance to see the intricate and dynamic work of Black Swan film choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, live. Five men and five women perform this classically inspired ballet to Brahms’ exquisite piano music.

Final Dress
To complete the trio, the company performs the world première of a newly commissioned work and score by one of New York’s most dynamic young choreographers. Larry Keigwin brings creativity and star quality to his choreography from off-Broadway shows to the opening event of New York’s Fashion Week produced by Vogue. Larry’s own company, KEIGWAN + COMPANY, performs at the Joyce Theatre, NYC and in festivals and venues throughout the USA.

*The performances of Who Cares?, a Balanchine® Ballet, are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine® Style and Balanchine® Technique Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

The worldwide copyrights for the music of George and Ira Gershwin for this presentation are licensed by The Gershwin® family.

What are they saying

Ethan Stiefel's first programme delivers a big, bright and exquisitely danced dollop of instant gratification ... Wow!

Bernadette Rae

NZ Herald

NYC is in a word, incredible. It has everything you could ever hope to see in a ballet – grace, elegance, beauty and edge.

Bridget Jones


Choreography: Who Cares?

George Balanchine

Music: Who Cares?

George Gershwin

Music Arrangement: Who Cares?

Hershy Kay

Lighting: Who Cares?

Nigel Percy

Choreography: 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Benjamin Millepied

Staging: 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini

John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow

Music: 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Johannes Brahms

Lighting: 28 Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Nigel Percy

Choreography: Final Dress

Larry Keigwin

Music: Final Dress

Adam Crystal

Lighting: Final Dress

Nigel Percy

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