Brief Fling

Brief Fling
World premiere date
Premiere location place
San Francisco, CA
Dance sections

I. Tattoo: Alfieri, Padovani, Boggs, Wallace, Washington, Bishton, O’Day, Roberts

II. Country Gardens: Yeager, Bocca

III. Trio: Washington, O’Day, Roberts

IV. Quartet: Alfieri, Padovani, Boggs, Wallace

V. Country Garden Variations: Yeager, Bocco with Anderson, Brown, Lynn, Tuttle, Chait, Morrison, Selya, Van Fleteren

VI. Suite: Padovani, Wallace, Anderson, Lynn, Chait, Morrison, Alfieri, Boggs, Brown, Tuttle, Selya, Van Fleteren, Washington, Bishton, O’Day, Roberts, Yeager, Bocca

VII. Double Quartet: Washington, Bishton, O’Day, Roberts, Alfieri, Padovani, Boggs, Wallace

VIII. Fugue: Company

IX. Gigue: Company

X. Epilogue: Yeager, Bocca and Company

Soloists

Claudia Alfieri, Isabella Padovani

Gil Boggs, Robert Wallace

Chorus
Total number of dancers
18
Runtime
:26:25
Other program information

From the original program: "Brief Fling is sponsored by Sydney and Frances Lewis, Stephen D. Weinroth, The JCT Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Diker and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Miss Tharp thanks Mr. Mizrahi and Mr. Colombier for their generosity."

Brief Fling is Mikhail Baryshnikov’s last commission from Tharp during his tenure as artistic director of American Ballet Theatre. The title references both the traditional Scottish dance and a short-lived romance. Isaac Mizrahi's tartan costumes divide the dancers into clans of blue, red, green and off-white.

In the opening section, two soloist couples in red and a quartet in green punch out syncopated phrases to a military tattoo. The principal couple clad in blue performs an extended set of variations to an English folk song backed by the ensemble dancers dressed in off-white. The finale features each clan in succession, compounding into a furioso fugue. 

The score by Michel Colombier intersperses Percy Grainger’s sunny interpretations of traditional melodies from the United Kingdom with an ominous electronic score. 

  • Brief Fling
    Costume sketches by Isaac Mizrahi. ©Isaac Mizrahi
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    Padovani and Wallace in performance. ©Marty Sohl
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    Members of the ensemble in performance. ©Marty Sohl
Video Description

Opening sections performed by dancers of American Ballet Theatre.

Full music program

Original Score by Michel Colombier

Country Gardens (Traditional)
Arranged For Piano by Percy Grainger - 1918

Handel In The Strand
Arranged by Michel Colombier
Composed by Percy Grainger 1911-1947

Music details
Music track
webmusic-brieffling.mp3
Audio sample

Country Gardens

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