A 50th Finale: The Ultimate Celebration

June 12, 2014 to June 15, 2014 Merriam Theater

In the Night
by Jerome Robbins // Music by Frederic Chopin 
 
WORLD PREMIERE 
by Matthew Neenan
 
Penumbra  
by Matthew Neenan // Music by Alberto Ginastera
 
In the middle, somewhat elevated 
by William Forsythe // Music by Thom Willems
 
Celebrate the culmination of the 50th Anniversary Season with a multifaceted grand finale. Nuance and depth saturate In the middle, somewhat elevated, William Forsythe’s frenetic experiment in abstract movement, set to Thom Willems pulsating, electronic soundscape.  It’s classical ballet, but with an off-kilter edge: off-balance positions, extreme extensions, and increased hip action. In contrast, revel in the lush romance of Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. Three couples portray different stages of love in extended pas de deux: tender and young, mature and balanced, and passionately fiery. The program includes two works from our brilliant Chorographer in Residence Matthew Neenan. Penumbra is an intimate work for five dancers. Premiered in 2008, Penumbra quickly became a favorite of the dancers to perform, with lots of partnering and interaction among them. The piece is set to an Alberto Ginastera score for cello and piano that creates a somber yet sweet mood on stage. Plus, Neenan creates his 15th commission for the Company. 

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