McKerrow/Braun, Butler/Roberts, Moore/Chapman, Selya, Boggs, Belotserkovsky, Tuttle, Brown, Black, Corella, Dokukin, Fagan, Kalinin, Martin, Maynard
II. Earth and Water (Air pour les violons)
Chapman, McKerrow, Belotserkovsky, Tuttle
III. Fire (Chaconne)
Moore, Braun, Roberts, Butler, Selya, Chapman, McKerrow, Tuttle, Black
IV. Air (Ramage)
Boggs, Braun, Selya, Chapman, Roberts, Belotserkovsky
Black, McKerrow, Tuttle, Moore, Butler, Brown
VI. Loure (La Chasse)
Selya, Black, Butler, Belotserkovsky, Moore, Braun, McKerrow, Chapman
Brown, Boggs, Roberts, Braun, Tuttle, Chapman, Selya, Belotserkovsky
IX. Rondeau (Air pour l’amour)
Butler, Selya, Boggs, Braun, Chapman, Roberts, Belotserkovsky, Moore, McKerrow, Brown, Black, Tuttle
Costumes executed by Barbara Matera
Ballet Mistress for Twyla Tharp: Shelley Washington Whitman
From the original program: "Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747) was a violinist, harpsichordist, conductor, and composer at the court of Versailles. Les Élémens was his last work, which he was coaxed out of retirement to write in 1737. Composed for the dancers of the Academia Royale, it is the old master's account of the evolution of the cosmic order from cosmic chaos."
The Elements follows the progression from chaos to order enacted by Rebel’s Baroque score. In the opening section, classical vocabulary clashes with disparate movement styles. The dancers move through the rapid succession of steps with uninhibited quickness. Flashing lights and the dissonant music add to the primal energy onstage.
As the ballet develops, Tharp untangles the knot of movement presented in the opening sections. The elements are distilled in turn until the final section, when they are reassembled in rational, Newtonian harmony.
Dancers of American Ballet Theatre in rehearsal.
Composed by Jean-Féry Rebel - 1747
I. Le cahos
II. Loure I: La terre et l'eau
III. Chaconne: Le feu
IV. Ramage: L'air
VI. Loure II
VII. Tambourins I & II
IX. Rondeau: Air pour l'Amour