Conductor: Allan Dameron
Assistant to the Choreographer: Charlie Neshyba-Hodges
From the original program: "Vladimir Martynov's Autumn Ball of the Elves, for string orchestra, represents a Russian mix of minimalism and post-romanticism that can also be heard in the music of Estonian composer Arvo Part. (Both composers abandoned academic compositional styles following religious conversions and developed individual voices influenced by personal interests and convictions.) In Autumn Ball of the Elves, Martynov applies a theme and variations structure to a minimalist palette. "
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 light and classical, the other cold and contemporary.
Afternoon Ball is a portrait of a lost generation. Three ragamuffins perform simultaneous solos; their isolated dances finally merging into a disconnected trio.
One performer is transported to an earlier era, as two other dancers in Biedermeir costumes enter and warm lights rise. Composer Vladimir Martynov’s references to Franz Schubert stand in stark contrast to the dissonance of the previous section.
Brief excerpts of the premiere cast in performance.
Autumn Ball of the Elves
Composed by Vladimir Martynov - 1994