Pennsylvania Ballet, one of the premier ballet companies in the country, brings two compelling programs to the Academy of Music this March. Program II features Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan’s acclaimed Carmina Burana, March 4-13. Program III, March 13-14, is a collection of works set to the music of Frédéric Chopin, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Program II unites Matthew Neenan’s bold and fiery reimagining of Carmina Burana with the stunning simplicity of George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. For his interpretation of one of the Company’s signature works, Neenan invigorates Carmina Burana’s classic text with explosive movement and modern costumes and sets. The sumptuous voices of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale intensify Carl Orff’s thunderous score. Complimenting Carmina Burana is the purity and angular architecture of The Four Temperaments. Set to Paul Hindemith’s commissioned score, The Four Temperaments has become a standard in the Balanchine repertoire. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that humans are made up of four different humors that determine their temperament: melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic, and choleric.
Program III is a celebration of Chopin: three diverse works set to the composer’s timeless music, in honor of his 200th birthday. Neenan’s The Crossed Line premiered in 2004 and explores the boundaries and shifting nature of relationships. An abstract work for six couples, The Crossed Line is choreographed to excerpts from Chopin piano concertos that Neenan had transcribed for piano and violin and piano and cello. Jerome Robbins’s In the Night interprets the graduated stages of love and romance – tender, young love, mature and balanced love, and intense passion – in three intimate pas de deux. Completing the salute to Chopin is Robbins’s comedic masterpiece The Concert. Set at a piano recital, The Concert envelopes audiences with its sidesplitting humor, witty timing, and satirical choreography. The onstage accompanist engages in the antics, which send everyone home laughing.
March 4-13 at the Academy of Music
The Four Temperaments, Carmina Burana
March 13-14 at the Academy of Music
The Crossed Line, In the Night, The Concert
Tickets for both Program II and Program III are on sale now, with prices ranging from $24 to $129. Choose your own seats online at paballet.org. Tickets are also available at the Kimmel Center Box Office or by phone at 215.893.1999.