We don’t usually associate the choreographer Jerome Robbins with the music of Tchaikovsky. But on occasion, Robbins did choreograph to music by the Russian composer. One of these works, “Piano Pieces,” was made for New York City Ballet’s 1981 Tchaikovsky Festival. This week it returns to the repertory for the first time since 2008, paired with Robbins’ tongue-in-cheek Verdi ballet “The Four Seasons.” The combination makes for a light, bright, and relatively brief evening, something of a relief after the two-week Stravinsky Festival.
Mira Nadon and Aaron Sanz in “Piano Pieces” by Jerome Robbins. Photograph by Erin Baiano
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Plus