Balanchine Act

The concept of devoting your life to the beautiful movement of male and female bodies, working on their own and intertwined as one, isn’t just a sleazy pick up line coming from the mouth of the skeezeball at the bar. It was the lifework of famed Russian choreographer George Balanchine. And unlike that skeezeball, he wasn't trying to get in your pants. Rather, he wanted to make a nest in your artistic mind, focusing on the way music and movement work together to create an unmatched audio and visual experience.

The ballet master choreographed hundreds of dance numbers in his life, but this week you can see four of the very best when Ballet Arizona performs them as part of All Balanchine at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. On the program are the intricate and ornate "Momentum pro Gesualdo," "Serenade," and "The Four Temperaments," perhaps the most famous of all Balanchine's works.

Thu., May 2, 7 p.m.; Fri., May 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 4, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 5, 1 p.m., 2013
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Christina Caldwell