Five Variations on a Theme

David Fernández

The work was originally created for Joaquín De Luz, then principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, and is set to Bach's Violin Concerto in G minor. It premiered as part of the Kings of the Dance world tour and has been performed to great acclaim in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Rome, Qatar, Moscow, Kiev and Odessa.

  • World premiere by: Kings of the Dance world tour, Odessa Opera House (Ukraine), November 25, 2008
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza : at Bonn Opera House (Germany), October 19th, 2022

David Fernández

David Fernandez is a choreographer based in New York.
Besides Five Variations on a Theme, other notable choreography commissions include pieces created for leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Kings of the Dance Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix Gala Concert, and many others.

David is an award-winning filmmaker: his latest dance-on-film accomplishments include the Los Angeles Olympus Film Festival Award for Best Public Service Announcement. David’s award-winning short, Moving Though It — Phases of an Emergency Through Dance, uses a revolutionary approach of making a public service announcement through dance. Ideated and directed by David Fernandez, the project was commissioned and sponsored by the NYC Emergency Management and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Other film festival achievements include: Moving Through It; Official Selection Best Short Competitions, 2019; White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS, Director and Choreographer. The short premiered at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2012; Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, Director and Choreographer. Premiered at Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2007; Icarus APR, Director and Choreographer. Premiered at Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2009.

International Summer programs, teaching and choreographing at: Palermo Ballet Summer Intensive- Italy, New Zealand School of Dance, Academia de Danza Franck- México.
In 2020 he created a new work for the Harvard Ballet Company, a dance film for New Jersey Ballet, Premier Spotlight and a virtual gala Center Stage presented by the Washington Ballet.


  • Choreography:
    David Fernández
  • Music:
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Concerto for Violin in G minor
  • Running time:
    5 minutes
  • Premiere cast:
    Joaquín De Luz