Who Cares? – 3 Excerpts

  • Choreographer: George Balanchine
  • Music: George & Ira Gershwin
  • PBT Performance Date: September 10-13, 2020. Open Air Series utilizing PBT mobile stage erected at PBT studio parking lot, Pittsburgh, PA

Program Notes

Who Cares? (Excerpts) consists of 3 separate short ballets based on 3 different Gershwin songs.

1.  Who Cares? – Pas de Deux is based on song “Who Cares?”

2.  Who Cares? – Solo #1 is based on song  “My One and Only”

3.  Who Cares? – Solo #2 is based on song “Liza”

Who Cares? is Balanchine’s tribute to George Gershwin, a project he’d longed to do since his collaboration with Gershwin on the film The Goldwyn Follies in 1937. Choreographed in 1970, the ballet is a series of solos, pas de deux and ensemble pieces set to musical numbers and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. It’s an homage to New York City as well – redolent with the exuberance, intimacy and charm of life in New York City.