Ballet dancers train to make their inherently difficult craft seem effortless, much like writing a paragraph in cursive and working as a California weatherman. Watch dancers defy gravity in a calligraphic sway with today's Groupon: for $34, you get one silver-tier seat to Ballet Arizona's performance of Celebration of Balanchine on Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. (up to a $91 value, which includes the City of Phoenix facility fee).
Nestled in orchestra-level seats in the sonorous interior of Phoenix's Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony and the toe tappers of Ballet Arizona gracefully conclude a successful 25th anniversary season with Celebration of Balanchine, a tribute to renowned choreographer George Balanchine, who has often been regarded as "the father of American ballet." Ballet Arizona's limber ensemble will tastefully tiptoe through three diverse, dynamic dances that range from the abstract to the quixotic. Making their Phoenix premiere, Momentum pro Gesualdo and Movements for Piano and Orchestra convey Balanchine's signature sleek leotard style, and La Valse features a rhythmic waltz interrupted by the arrival of an uninvited guest and surprise vitamin commercial. Directed by Ib Andersen—one of a select group permitted to stage Balanchine's work—the evening will close with Theme and Variations, a striking piece set to a score by Tchaikovsky.
Intricate partnering, dynamic elements, and world-class artistry combine to showcase the beauty and awe of ballet, an aesthetic exuberance second only to watching van Gogh paint while standing on top of Michelangelo’s David. With this deal, you’ll see it all from the silver-tier seating offered on the main floor, orchestra level at Symphony Hall.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.
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