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WHO CARES? George Balanchine 1970


  • Choreography:  George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust)
  • Music:  George Gershwin, The Man I Love, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Embraceable You, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Who Cares?, My one and only, Liza, I got Rhythm
  • Orchestration: Hershy Kay
  • Lighting design: Nicolás Fischtel (A.A.I.)
  • Staging: Nanette Glushak
  • World premiere on 1970.
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on March 14th, 2013 at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain). 

In 1937, George Gershwin asked Balanchine to come to Hollywood to work with him on Samuel Goldwyn’s Follies. Tragically, Gershwin was felled by a brain tumor before he completed the ballet music for the film. Thirty-three years later, Balanchine choreographed Who Cares? to 16 songs Gershwin composed between 1924 and 1931.

Balanchine used the songs not to evoke any particular era but as a way of portraying an exuberance that is both broadly American and charged with the distinctive energy of Manhattan.

The performances of Who Cares? and Allegro Brillante are presented and coordinated by The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style ® and Balanchine Technique ® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.
Costumes made by: Miguel Crespi

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WALKING MAD. Johan Inger 2001


  • Choreography: Johan Inger
  • Music: Maurice Ravel, Boléro* and Arvo Pärt, Für Alina
  • Costumes: Johan Inger
  • Set design: Johan Inger
  • Lighting design: Erik Berglund
  • Staging: Yvan Dubreuil 
  • World premiere by Nederlands Dans Theater on May 17th, 2001 at Lucent Danstheater, La Haya (Netherlands).
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza on January 18th, 2012 at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, (Spain). 

Johan Inger created Walking Mad for the Nederlands Dans Theater I in 2001, after some young choreographers had been asked to create dance for an orchestra evening. Inger was captivated by an old black and white tv-recording of the Boléro with the conductor Zubin Mehta and the Los Angels Philharmonic. "A theatrical image; in the beginning the conductor is very controlled, well combed and correct in his entire conductor image, but parallel to the musical crescendo he becomes increasingly dramatic and excited, as though entering into madness, in an uncontrolled state. Erotic charge was naturally there but I wanted to get away from, or beyond, the more open/clichéd erotic lead that often accompanies this piece of music”. Johan Inger

The wall in Walking Mad is minimalist, just as the music represents an early musical minimalism. It divides the work into two different rooms. It is the reality the different characters relate to; a sounding board they work towards, and with. It start at the front of the stage to finish at the back and so completing a dramaturgical circle. The person in hat and coat who, at the beginning of the piece, steps into the Bolerian room, has then done a similar round journey. Something happens on that journey. As the piece develops he multiplies in his meetings with different women, who, like himself, eventually return to their given frames, perhaps a bit older, greyer.


External Link. Album CND Flickr Walking Mad by Johan Inger



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