Waterbaby Bagatelles

Waterbaby Bagatelles
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Boston, MA
Commissioner
Dance sections

I. Armand with Accardi, Akhmarova, DeChiazza, Gresh, Lambe, Steward, Ward, Wolfe

II. Gelfand, Ribeiro, Berdo, Santos and Cunningham, Mahoney, Merlin, Plotnikov, Porter, Sterrett

III. Alfieri, Thrussell

IV. Armand with Accardi, Akhmarova, DeChiazza, Gresh, Lambe, Steward, Ward, Wolfe

V. Santos, Ribeiro, Gelfand, Berdo, Alfieri, Thrussell and Bacon, Cosway, Fielding, Thompson, Vennerbeck, Waldon, Cunningham, Mahoney, Merlin, Plotnikov, Porter, Sterrett

VI. Armand, Berdo, Santos, Cunningham, Thrussell, Sterrett, Mahoney, Merlin, Plotnikov, Porter, Dechiazza, Gresh, Steward, Wolfe

VII. Gelfand, Armand and Company

Soloists

Claudia Alfieri, Pollyanna Ribeiro

Laszlo Berdo, Carlos Santos, Paul Thrussell

Ensemble

Donatella Accardi, Natasha Ahkmarova, Julie Bacon, Crystal Cosway, Melinda DeChiazza, Emily Gresh, Erika Lambe, Natasha Fielding, Catherine Steward, Nadia Thompson, Susanna Vennerbeck, Heather Waldon, Missy Ward, Heidi Wolfe

Roger Cunningham, Shawn Mahoney, Howard Merlin, Viktor Plotnikov, David Porter, Joseph Sterrett

Total number of dancers
27
Runtime
00:26:34
Other program information

Original fluorescent scenery built by Mystic Scenic Studios, Boston

Waterbaby Bagatelles is a suite of dances set to seven short twentieth century compositions. A moving grid of fluorescent lights raises and lowers through the course of the piece, altering the onstage environment. In the opening section, the lights hover close the floor. The grid slowly ascends, revealing dancers standing amongst the fluorescent tubes. Halfway to the ceiling, the lights stop moving, bisecting the vertical space.    

The choreography transitions fluidly between each piece of music. A couple slips away after their adage as a male soloist enters, weaving between members of the female ensemble. Though the sections overlap, the groupings remain distinct from one to the next, until the final movement, which recombines the dancers from each section. The principal couple joins a soloist quartet, seven men perform simultaneous solos as the female ensemble swoops in.

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    Stewart and Armand in performance. ©Jaye R. Phillips
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    Cunningham in performance. ©Jaye R. Phillips  
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    Boston Ballet dancers perform. ©Jaye R. Phillips  
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    Gelfand and Armand in performance. ©Jaye R. Phillips  
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    Thrussell and Alfieri in performance. © Jaye R. Phillips
Video Description

Dancers of the Boston Ballet in dress rehearsal.

Full music program

1. Sehr Langsam
From the album “Winter Was Hard”
Composed by Anton Webern
Performed by Kronos Quartet
Released by Elektra/Nonesuch – 1988

2. White Man Sleeps #5
From the album “White Man Sleeps”
Composed by Kevin Volans
Performed by Kronos Quartet
Released by Elektra/Nonesuch – 1990

3. Bella By Barlight
Composed by John Lurie
From the album “Winter Was Hard”
Performed by Kronos Quartet
Released by Elektra/Nonesuch – 1988

4. The Anvil Chorus
Composed by David Lang
Performed by Steve Schick
From the album “Bang On A Can Live, Vol. 2”
Released by Composers Recordings – 1994

5. Fear
Composed by Astor Piazzolla
Performed by Kronos Quartet
From the album “Five Tango Sensations”
Released by Nonesuch Records – 1991

6. The Hunt
Composed and performed by Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain
From the album “Planet Drum”
Released by Rykodisc – 1991

7. On The Dominant Divide
Composed by John Adams
From the album “Grand Pianola Music”
Published by G. Schimer Music Publishers – 1982

Music details
Music track
webmusic-waterbabybagatelles.mp3
Audio sample

Bella By Barlight
Performed by Kronos Quartet

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