A Suite of Dances

Jerôme Robbins

Towards the end of his life, Jerome Robbins was especially inspired by his love for Bach’s music, and he choreographed three of his late works to Bach.

  • World premiere by: the White Oak Dance Project at the New York State Theater, New York (EE.UU.), March 3rd 1994
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro del Generalife, Granada (Spain), July 22th 2020

A Suite of Dances is set to the Six Suites for Solo Cello, composed when Bach served as Kappellmeister in Cöthen and which cover a broad range of emotional territory. In the early 1990s, when Mikhail Baryshnikov expressed interest in working with Robbins again, the choreographer called to say he had “an idea for a little dance.” This charming, naturalistic ballet was the result. In it, the solo dancer and cellist act as partners, playing off each other with easy-going camaraderie.

Performed by permission of the Robbins Rights Trust


  • Choreography:
    Jerôme Robbins
  • Music:
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Six Suites for Solo Cello: Prelude & Gigue from Suite 1 in G major, BMV 1007 Sarabande from Suite V in C minor, BMV 1011 Prelude from VI in D major, BMV 1012
  • Cello:
    Iris Azquinezer
  • Costume Design:
    Santo Loquasto
  • Lighting Design:
    Jennifer Tipton
  • Running time:
    14 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Joaquín De Luz