A feast of wondrous choreography
First debuted in the US in 1935 by the School of American Ballet as
well as American Ballet at Adelphi, Serenade choreographed by George
Balanchine to the score of Tchaikovsky, this gem of a ballet remains
ever fresh in the minds of all choreographers who keep reviving it all
the time around the world. Somehow, each year it is in the itinerary of
Royal Opera House and we see it over and over again, sizzling and
Rupert Pennyfather and a member of the Royal Ballet in
Balanchine's Serenede at the Royal Opera House.
This stunning ballet in its elegance is as graceful and ethereal
being responded by its striking Corps de Ballet to the shifting moods of
Tchaikovsky's lyrical and poetic Serenade for Strings which makes this
short ballet an enigma. Above dancing is the sublimely lyrical score
that draws thousand to the ROH.
The stunning ballet captures all the excitement that surges through
romance to climax a breathtaking evening of dance for all ballet fans.
Serenade has been captivating audiences with the cast's thrilling
movements to each and every note of Tchaikovsky's score.
Considered a highlight and unmissable of the Summer Season, the ROH
boarded the Balanchine's dream this year as usual and will do same in
2015, may be with a different cast of dancers. It is so wonderful to be
in London when Spring turns into Summer and most roads lead to Royal
Opera House. Along with its magic is also the return to London is the
ballet company of the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg to lay bare
their grandeur of over two centuries.
The splendour of the noblest dancing and the significance of its
history are no less part of the ballet company's identity.
As they rub shoulder to shoulder with the Royal Opera House, the
audiences are at the receiving end of spectacular evenings.
Serenade – Ballet in one Act
Credits – Choreography – George Balanchine
Music – Tchaikovsky
Costumes – Barbara Karinska
Lighting, design – John B. Read
The first produced in 1934 it was directed by George Balanchine to
the music of Tchaikovsky by the students of the American Ballet at the
estate of Felix Warburg in White Plains, New York.
It was named after the music of Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C Major for
It is a story narrated choreographically by Balanchine with 28
dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background to the Third and
Fourth Movement of Tchaikovsky's score.
The first public performance in December 1934 was boarded by the
School of American Ballet at Avery Memorial Theatre, Hartford.
Serenade became an all-time favourite with choreographers around the
world all of whom opted for Tchaikovsky's music.
Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze (1904-1983) was born in St.
Petersburg. He was an American dancer and choreographer as well as
He began his studies at Patrogard Ballet School in 1914 and became a
member of the GATOB while studying music in parallel.
He had such an illustrious career as no other icon of dance.
It is the longest and covered all ballets, all classical and
musically inspired. He used the classics of all famous Masters of music
and no great dancer was overlooked in his ballets.
The world was at his feet and he stood out as the all-consuming icon.
He abhorred and avoided modern and contemporary dance, strictly abiding
by classical ballet.
And there was never another George Balanchine.