Ballet has to be among the toughest dances in the whole world requiring phenomenal amounts of discipline and dedication to master. I also find it to be the most graceful of all dance forms. The dancers have always reminded me of feathers flitting about carelessly in the breeze twirling and whirling to the symphony of rustling leaves. Whenever I see a ballet dancer on stage I get a distinct impression that they will sprout wings and fly into the skies or disappear into the clouds.
The group we are looking at today, New York City Ballet, or NYCB, was founded by choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins in 1948. For more than half a century the NYCB has brought pleasure to thousands of ballet lovers with their exceptional performance and superb rendition of popular dance numbers.
Starting in September and lasting through October 10, NYCB is offering a wealth of performances before the Nutcracker starts its usual holiday run. The company previously used to present a repertory season at the Lincoln Center that started in November. However, the 2010-2011 Season opened at the David H. Koch Theater on Sept. 14, making it NYCB’s first ever fall season in the Big Apple.
In this season, you have the option of choosing from 28 different ballets to dazzle your senses. Of these, 13 works are by George Balanchine and 5 by Jerome Robbins. Among the other highlights of this exclusive fall run is choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s New York premier and the company’s ballet master in chief, Peter Martins’ revival of “The Magic Flute.” For a full detail of the performances, click here: http://bit.vc/kY.
While we are on the topic, did you know that the word “ballet” comes from the Latin word “ballare” meaning “to dance?” It also has its origin in the Italian word “balletto,” a diminutive of ballo (dance). This dance form originated in the 15th century in the Italian Renaissance courts. Very soon it became popular in England Russia, and France, as a concert dance form. Since then, Ballet has evolved in many ways, becoming one of the most technical and intricate forms of dance.
There are a few amazing facts that I’d like to share with you. After reading them, I discovered a newfound respect for ballet dancers.
Were you aware that a male ballet dancer lifts more than 1.5 tons worth of ballerinas during their performances?
Or that a three hour ballet performance is as strenuous as two 90-minute soccer games, played back to back?
Just goes to show how much sweat and blood goes into dancing!