*This production premiered at the David H. Koch Theater on October
30, 2013 danced by Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside.
This plotless ballet with its glorious choreography and glittering costumes is a vision of the Imperial Ballet in its heyday at the Maryinksy Theatre. It has been said that Theme and Variations was the “niece” of The Sleeping Beauty – bringing 19th century ballet into the 20th.
Theme and Variations received its World Premiere at New York's City Center on November 26, 1947, danced by Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch.
A second production of this ballet, with costumes by Desmond Heeley, was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on April 17, 1978, with Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the leading roles.
A third production, with costumes by Santo Loquasto, received its American Ballet Theatre company premiere in Washington, D. C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 22, 1983.
A fourth production, with costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, received its ABT company premiere in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House on May 5, 1986, danced by Cynthia Harvey and Kevin McKenzie.
A fifth production received its ABT company premiere at City Center, New York on October 22, 2003, staged by Kirk Peterson and danced by Paloma Herrera and Marcelo Gomes.
This production, with scenery and costumes by Zack Brown, received its ABT Company Premiere at the David H. Koch Theater on October 30, 2013, danced by Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside.