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Memory Book - Program 2: Neoclassical Masters (March 22-24, 2013)

Casting     Playbill

This mixed repertory program featured:
Les Rendezvous, Méditation from Thaïs, Clear, and Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1

Photos by Robert Shomler

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Les Rendezvous is a suite of witty, light-hearted dances in a park where friends meet, flirt and then part. Although abstract and plotless, it has humor, mime and comic devices set to saucy and bouncy musical numbers from Auber’s opera L'enfant prodigue.

Les Rendezvous (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music: Daniel Francois Esprit Auber (L'enfant prodigue) Pamela Hakl, Oboist
Erotic and atmospheric, this dramatic pas de deux beautifully complements Massenet’s Méditation (Andante Religioso) from Thaïs and its exquisite solo violin with a breathless, sweeping romantic encounter between an elusive veiled beauty and her ardent hero-warrior partner.

Méditation from Thaïs
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music: Jules Massenet (Méditation Andante Religioso from Thaïs)
Special Musical Guest Artist: Violinist Rachel Lee
Clear is an abstract study of life’s connections, the importance of the people in our daily existence, and the love that brings you home. The piece is classical in technique but contemporary in style, with explosive movement fiercely danced by seven men and one woman.

Choreography: Stanton Welch
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor and the first and second movements from the Violin Concerto in G minor
Pamela Hakl, Oboist, and Special Musical Guest Artist Violinist Rachel Lee
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 is a "plotless" tutu ballet in the classical mode, but highly experimental in it use of classical technique to comment on ballet conventions from a contemporary perspective. It is filled with perfectly timed canons and complex, stage-crossing patterns.

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Choreography: Clark Tippet
Music: Max Bruch; Concerto No. 1 in G minor for violin, Opus 26
Special Musical Guest Artist: Violinist Rachel Lee

The Nutcracker        The Nutcracker : Karen Gabay

Program 1        Don Quixote : After Marius Petipa and
               Alexander Gorsky

Program 2        Les Rendezvous : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Méditation from Thaïs : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Clear : Stanton Welch
       Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 : Clark Tippet

Program 3        Duets : Merce Cunningham
       Glow-Stop : Jorma Elo
       Eighty One : Jessica Lang