10/28/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The Concert- Jerome Robbins/ Frédéric Chopin

Shall We Dance

The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody), by choreographer Jerome Robbins with music by Frédéric Chopin portrays a cast of quirky characters at a piano recital and their laugh-out-loud antics.  The premiere took place at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, on Tuesday, 6 March 1956. Continue reading

4/10/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Lady of the Camellias – Marcia Haydee & Ivan Liska (1986)

Shall We Dance


Lady of the Camellias is a ballet by John Neumeier with music by Frédéric Chopin, created for Marcia Haydée, then prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet. It premiered at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1978. The theme of The Lady of the Camellias is a love story between Marguerite Gautier, a “demi-mondaine” (“courtisane” in the original French, i.e., a woman “kept” by various lovers, frequently more than one at a time) suffering from tuberculosis, and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval.  Continue reading