WA Ballet - Embraceable You


A glittering showcase of works from the 'Father of American Ballet', the great George Balanchine.


Who Cares?

‘Strike up the band’, bring on the dancing girls, sit back and experience the distinctive energy of Manhattan as 17 of George Gershwin’s greatest songs are brought to life in this showstopper from ‘Mr B’!
‘As for ‘Who Cares?’ even the dancers seemed caught up in the irrepressible allure of the string of Gershwin hits. They were having fun and, by osmosis, we
were too.’ – Herald Tribune


Concerto Barocco

Concerto Barocco was one of three ballets on the programme at New York City Ballet’s premiere season on 11 October 1948. Inspired by J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two Violins, this three movement, sweeping classical ballet has gone on to become a signature work for the City Ballet.


Tschaikovsky Pas de deux

In 1953, a long lost musical number from Act III of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake was rediscovered. Inspired by the find, Balanchine created a captivating Pas de Deux to this music. Frequently offered for ballet galas and celebrations, the work is noted for its display of bravura and technique.



Taking her lead and inspiration from Mr B, West Australian Ballet Principal Dancer/choreographer, Jayne Smeulders, creates her own rapturous version of Louis Gottschalk’s Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra. A virtuosic triumph!


Approximate running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.

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