Boléro (Jaffe)

  • Choreographer: Susan Jaffe
  • Music: Maurice Ravel
  • Costumes: Janet Groom Campbell
  • World Premiere: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre - February 12, 2021
  • PBT Performance Date: * February 12-14, 2021. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA * May 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 2021. Open Air performances using PBT mobile stage at Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Program Notes

Though usually performed just as an orchestral work, Boléro was originally composed as a ballet score. (Ravel was commissioned to create the work by Ida Rubinstein, a ballet company director and dancer in Paris.) Ms. Jaffe returns the music to its roots, with movement mirroring the passion and intensity of Ravel’s pulsing rhythm. Starting with a lone woman, the ballet builds along with the music, eventually enveloping a corps of 14 dancers in a liberation of community.