Noir

Noir
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Geneva, Switzerland
Dancers

Fara Grieco, Anne-Marie Symons, Joke Martin, Julien Bancillon, Gregory Batardon, Bruno Heynderickx

Total number of dancers
6
Runtime
00:20:08
Other program information

Assistants: Stacy Caddell, John Selya

Tharp presented an early version of Noir in the performances that followed her residency at the Kennedy Center in 1994. The dance was later revised as a stand-alone work and premiered by Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet.

In a series of vingettes, Noir presents five dancers blind to the ballerina in bright red who walks among them. The ballerina slowly dominates the other dancers, forcing her influence upon them. When they can no longer ignore her presence, the dancers collapse upon one another and she towers above them en pointe.

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    Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet dancers in performance. © Archives of the Grand Théâtre de Genève
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    Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet dancers in performance. © Archives of the Grand Théâtre de Genève
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    Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet dancers in performance. © Archives of the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Video Description

Twyla Tharp Dance in an early version of Noir as performed in Twyla Tharp In Washington: New Works.

Music details
Music track
webmusic-noir.mp3
Audio sample

44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98, BB 104
Composed by Béla Bartók - 1931

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University of the Arts
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Noir (premiere) | Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Grand Théâtre de Genève
Genève, Switzerland