Artistic director Peter Boal commissioned Tharp to create two new works for the Pacific Northwest Ballet: Afternoon Ball and Opus 111. The two works, performed back-to-back, form an opposition pair - one work bright and classical, the other cold and contemporary.
Opus 111 is a chamber ballet for six couples. The dancers are light, waltzing and loping through the four movements of the Brahms composition. The first section alternates couples and quartets; the second features a single couple in relief against the ensemble. The third and fourth movements roll through a series of variations on social, ballroom and folk dance forms.