City Ballet is proud to present three masterpieces choreographed by the great George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine regarded Apollo as his coming of age. Created in 1928, the ballet depicts Apollo, the young god of music, who is visited by the muses of poetry, mime, dance and song. The startlingly contemporary choreography was ahead of its time and at the age of 24 earned Balanchine international recognition. Rubies, a 19-minute whirlwind of a ballet for 15 dancers, is the second act of George Balanchine’s unique, plotless three-act ballet called “Jewels”. Clothed in sparking, bejeweled ruby red costumes, this jazzy, sassy choreography is a joyous exciting experience for the dancers as well as the audience.George Balanchine choreographed The Four Temperaments in 1946. The ballet depicts four movements – Melancholic – Sanguinic – Phlegmatic – Choleric – and the choreography brilliantly reflects these principals. Athletic, powerful, alluring and unforgettable – The Four Temperaments remains one of the greatest contemporary ballets in the world.