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Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: A Dancer's Dream

Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka

A Dancer's Dream is what director/designer Doug Fitch calls an "über Fairy Tale," combining Stravinsky's disparate ballets The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka to create a new narrative.

The creative team behind Le Grand Macabre and The Cunning Little Vixen (New York Magazine's No. 1 Classical Music Events of 2010 and 2011) returns, this time transforming Avery Fisher Hall into the icy Swiss Alps and a mysterious Russian carnival for A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.

The New York Philharmonic brings Stravinsky's ballet scores to life, and Giants Are Small whimsically blends music with ballet, puppetry, video projection, circus, theater, and more to conjure a fantastical dream world where a passionate ballerina gets caught up in a blizzard, dodges jugglers, and spars with puppets. Get whisked away with us in this experience you won't soon forget.

This performance was broadcast on medici.tv for the first time on October 27 as part of the I ♥ New York Philharmonic Festival.

Picture: © Chris Lee

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Broadcast date : Oct. 27, 2013, 7 p.m.

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert musical direction, magician
Doug Fitch director and designer
Karole Armitage choreography
Edouard Getaz video, producer


Giants Are Small (A Production Created by)


Clifton Taylor lighting
Irina Kruzhilina costumes
Matt Acheson master puppeteer
Margie Durand make-up artist
Kirk Cambridge-Delpeche make-up artist


Sara Mearns principal dancer


Amar Ramasar principal dancer, puppeteer
Abbey Roesner dancer, chorégraphe assistante
William da Silva circus performer, puppeteer
Vincent McCloskey puppeteer, performer
Monica Lerch
Giacomo Belletti steadicam operator
Matt Manning tripod camera
Zachary Catazaro cover dancer
James Ross music consultant


With appearances on pre-recorded video by:


Eric Owens (The Moor)
Anthony Roth Costanzo (Petrushka)

Location : Avery Fisher Hall (New York, USA)
Recording date : 27-29 June 2013
Production date : 2013



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