Opus 111

Opus 111
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Seattle, WA
Total number of dancers
12
Runtime
00:24:30
Other program information

Assistant to the Choreographer:  Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

Violinists:  John Pilskog, Ingrid Fredrickson
Violists:  Scott Ligocki, Betty Agent
Cellist:  Page Smith

From the original program: "Brahms composed this string quintet (unusually scored fro two violins, two violas, and cello) while on a nature retreat in the summer of 1890. The music has a vivacious folk flavor, with the cello featured in the first movement and the viola, Brahms' favorite instrument, carrying the theme in the second. Twyla Tharp has choreographed the quintet's four movements for five couples."

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. 

  • Opus 111
    Thomas, Postlewaite, Eames and Moore in performance. © Angela Sterling 
  • Opus 111
    Thomas and Postlewaite in performance. © Angela Sterling
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    Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in a 2010 restaging.  © Angela Stearling
Video Description

Dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet in performance.

Full music program

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op.111
Composed by Johannes Brahms - 1890

I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
II. Adagio
III. Un poco Allegretto
IV. Vivace ma non troppo presto

Music details
Music track
webmusic-opus111.mp3
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Pacific Northwest Ballet Studios
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