Balanchine’s Serenade: The Ascension of a New Romantic Ballet

With Serenade (1934), George Balanchine presents a new vision of a romantic ballet—one that honors the influences of Marius Petipa yet strips away the representational elements of narrative and character, and brings dance and music to the forefront. Throughout the ballet, there is a tension between Petipa’s precedent and Balanchine’s new vision that is played […]