Ballet by John Neumeier


  Ned Rorem
String Symphony
  John Neumeier
  Zack Brown


World Premiere
American Ballet Theatre, New York, Oktober 27, 1999


Original Cast   Julie Kent
Sandra Brown
Angel Corella
Keith Roberts


Premiere in Hamburg
The Hamburg Ballet, Nijinsky-Gala XXVI, July 15, 2001


Original Cast
  Joëlle Boulogne
Laura Cazzaniga
Alexandre Riabko
Jirí Bubenícek



"...One of his best works seen here... On the surface it is a plotless ballet that concentrates on the academic idiom. That is, the steps of the classical idiom can be identified as such. Their combinations are often ingenious, impressive in partnering, and they recall something of the neo-classical style of American choreographers. Yet no one could call Neumeier in "Getting Closer" a disciple of either George Balanchine or Jerome Robbins. Neumeier has done a splendid job of showing off splendid dancers."
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

His short, attractive pure dance work Getting Closer, for 12 dancers, catching all the liveliness and sentiment of Ned Rorem's String Symphony, and featuring one of the company's gifted young male dancers, Alexandre Riabko.
John Percival, The Independent


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