Other Dances


Frederic Chopin
(Mazurka, Op. 17, no. 4, 1832-1833; Mazurka, Op. 41, no. 3, 1839; Waltz, Op. 64, no. 3, 1847; Mazurka, Op. 63, no. 2, 1846; Mazurka Op. 33, no. 2, 1837-1838)


Jerome Robbins


Isabelle Guérin

Costume Design

Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design

Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Randall G. Chiarelli


17 minutes


1 woman, 1 man


May 9, 1976; Gala benefit for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere

September 21, 2018

The 2018 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances is generously underwritten by Marcella McCaffray.

Program Notes

Other Dances was created especially for a gala benefit for the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The program notes for that occasion read:

“The title of this series of dances reflects their relationship to Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. There was so much of Chopin’s music that Mr. Robbin’s wishes to choreograph that he used this opportunity to devise for Miss [Natalia] Makarova and Mr. [Mikhail] Baryshnikov these Other Dances—a waltz and four mazurkas.”

Notes courtesy of the Robbins Rights Trust.

Contributing Artists for the 2018 Performance

Isabelle Guérin


Isabelle Guérin grew up in Rambouillet, France, and studied ballet at its École de Danse. She continued her studies under Christiane Vaussard at the Conservatoire de Paris, where she won the first prize in 1977, allowing her to complete her studies at the Paris Opera Ballet School. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet the following year. In 1985, she received the title of Danseuse Étoile from Rudolf Nureyev. Ms. Guérin danced an extensive repertory of leading roles, including full-length repertory ballets and heritage works as well as new works by foremost choreographers, among them William Forsythe and Angelin Preljocaj. She danced the role of Nikiya in the premiere of Nureyev’s production of La Bayadère in 1992. During the 1996-1997 season, she performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet. Ms. Guérin retired from Paris Opera Ballet in 2001 and since then has been a private ballet teacher, repetiteur, and coach for dancers and dance companies in the world.

Mark Salman

Piano Soloist

Mark Salman performs regularly as a concerto soloist with Northwest orchestras, having performed more than 30 different concertos. He has performed Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas on both coasts and in 16 KING-FM broadcasts. His performances include his debut at the Newport Music Festival and multiple recital series and recordings featuring the music of Liszt, Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin. He was a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival and is currently on the faculty of the Seattle Conservatory of Music. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist.