“Concerto Barocco” is one of George Balanchine’s greatest—and oldest—ballets, and one of my very favorites.
This first video gives you a general idea of the piece. Note that the dancer says, “Everything feels right and I couldn’t imagine more perfect steps for the music.” I think that’s an excellent description. The music is very very beautiful, and the dance is a seemingly-perfect expression of it. Back in my dancing days I once learned a small portion of the choreography, just a tiny bit, and I can attest to the extraordinary feeling it gives to dance it—just as she describes.
Here’s some historic background which is kind of interesting:
And here are two wonderful dancers of the 40s and 50s. One of them, Tanaquil le Clerc, became Balanchine’s wife. In the mid-50s, when she was still very young, Le Clerc contracted polio and became wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life.
Very very sad. But this is a great old film:
And this clip is absolutely wonderful, too, although just a tiny snippet. Suzanne Farrell the sublime: