Who Cares?

George Balanchine

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.

  • World premiere: by the New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater (EE.UU) on February 7, 1970
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: at Teatro Real, Madrid (Spain), March 14th 2013

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.


  • Choreography:
    George Balanchine
  • 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
  • Costumes made by:
    Miguel Crespi
  • Running time:
    24 minutes
  • Cast premiere CND:
    Seh Yun Kim, Noëllie Conjeaud, YaeGee Park, Moisés Martín Cintas