Allegro Brillante

Music

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 75, 1892 [unfinished])

Choreography

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging

Francia Russell

Costume Design

Karinska, 1977; Mark Zappone, 1979

Lighting Design

Randall G. Chiarelli

Duration

13 minutes

Cast

10 dancers

Premiere

March 1, 1956; New York City Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere

February 10, 1977; restaged February 28, 1979 (Everett, Washington)

The works of George Balanchine performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet are made possible in part by The Louise Nadeau Endowed Fund.

Program Notes

George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante is danced to Tchaikovsky’s unfinished third piano concerto, the last music he composed before his death. In the sweeping style of the music, the choreography alternates between fast-moving ensemble passages and contrasting sections of peaceful lyricism. Although Allegro Brillante was choreographed as a last-minute replacement for a canceled work, Balanchine claimed the ballet “contains everything I know about classical ballet—in thirteen minutes.”

Allegro Brillante was first presented by Pacific Northwest Dance Ballet Company in 1977 in a staging by Melissa Hayden. The ballet was restaged for the Company by Francia Russell in 1979.

Notes edited by Doug Fullington, 2010.