#Throwback Thursday: Rococo Variations

Today's #ThrowbackThursday is Christopher Wheeldon's Rococo Variations.

Original New York City Ballet cast

The modern ballet was the last work Wheeldon choreographed for The New York City Ballet during his time as the company's resident choreographer. It premiered on 7 February, 2008, at the New York State Theatre in Lincoln Centre.

Original New York City Ballet cast

Wheeldon choreographed to Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for violoncello and orchestra in A major (Op. 33), composed between 1876-1877. The music is a nod to the 18th century Rococo style, but is also in the Romantic style, with an emphasis on expression and emotion.

Original New York City Ballet cast

The ballet has no storyline. Instead, Wheeldon sought to express the music through choreography, using light steps and intricate partnering. The movements are traditional, but seen through a modern viewpoint. A work for four dancers, the original cast was Sterling Hyltin, Sara Mearns, Giovanni Villalobos, and Adrian Danchig-Waring, all of whom revised their roles at Saratoga Springs.

Original New York City Ballet cast

Unfortunately, no footage of the ballet is currently available.

Thanks for reading!

- Selene

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