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There are currently no scheduled performances of The Concert. It was last on stage 31 May—13 June 2014 as part of the Summer 2013/14 season.

Background

Jerome Robbins’s The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody) depicts with satirical glee the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience. While a pianist solemnly plays nine pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, he is upstaged by his audience as their minds begin to wander, taking them on some wonderfully surreal flights of fancy.

Robbins’s choreography uncovers the individual quirks and foibles of the concert goers, while attending closely to the patterns and textures of the music. The ballet is laced with slapstick humour: to one prelude dancers open and close black umbrellas, taking their prompts from one another rather than from the weather; and in one of the ballet’s most hilarious and well-loved scenes, six dancers are unable to coordinate their movements to Chopin’s Waltz in E Minor. The Concert had its premiere in New York in 1956 and has since been performed by companies around the world, and entered the repertory of The Royal Ballet in 1975.

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The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody) is a ballet made by Jerome Robbins, subsequently New York City Ballet's balletmaster, to Chopin's: The décor was by Saul Steinberg, the costumes by Irene Sharaff and the lighting by Ronald Bates; the premiere took place at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, on Tuesday, March 6th, 1956. Robbins made three subsequent ballets to Chopin's music: Dances at a Gathering, 1969; In the Night, 1970; and Other Dances, 1976, made on Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article The Concert (ballet), available under a Creative Commons license.