NEW YORK -- George Balanchine, whose choreography helped shape the ballet of the 20th century, is to be honored with an eight-week Balanchine Celebration by the New York City Ballet in spring 1993 at the New York State Theater.
Seventy-two Balanchine ballets will be performed, ranging from the 1928 "Apollo" to the 1981 Garland Dance from "The Sleeping Beauty."
The festival will mark the 10th anniversary of Balanchine's death.
"What we want to do is to make you remember his variety and his profligate gifts," Lincoln Kirstein, who founded the City Ballet with Balanchine, said at a news conference Monday night at the State Theater in Manhattan. "We're not going to attempt to make an 'authentic' revival of anything. Balanchine changed his choreography from year to year in relation to the dancers. We're going to try to do what we consider he would have liked for himself."
The festival will open May 4.
Many of the ballets to be presented are in the City Ballet's current repertory, but the festival roster will also include the less familiar "Symphonie Concertante" (1947), "Bourree Fantasque" (1949), "Sylvia Pas de Deux" (1950), the Minkus "Pas de Trois Classique" (1951), the Glinka "Pas de Trois" (1955) and excerpts from "Don Quixote" (1965).