Artistic director Peter Martins commissioned Tharp to create a new work for the dancers of New York City Ballet. The Beethoven Seventh features six principal dancers and six ensemble couples.
The ballet, like the symphony, is fast and rhythmically driven. Each of the first three movements lead by principal couple features its own characteristic mood and rhythm. The ensemble provides a common thread between sections, until the fourth movement combines the full cast in the finale.
Additional performances on February 1 & 2, 2000
Additional performances on April 30, May 4 & 7, 2000