When to see it
This work is being performed as part of a mixed programme:
A seasonal celebration of ballet with gems from Ashton, MacMillan and Robbins.
The music of Chopin, played by an onstage pianist, provides the inspiration for a concert audience to indulge their fantasies and daydreams in one of the funniest ballets ever created.
Jerome Robbins's The Concert is a gleeful look into the secret thoughts of a concert audience. While a pianist solemnly plays nine pieces by Fryderyk Chopin, the audience allow their minds to wander into surreal, vibrant and very funny fantasies. Each episode takes cues from the piece of music it is danced to - from the Butterflies, parodying tropes of classical ballet, to an under-rehearsed group of ballerinas whose waltz is riddled with mistakes.
The Concert was created for New York City Ballet in 1956 and has been performed by companies around the world. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 1975. Robbins's clever choreography and comic timing make this innovative ballet a much-loved gem of the repertory.