The art of choreography
Posted 26 May 2003 - 06:03 AM
I imagine the range of answers could be quite varied on this one.
Posted 26 May 2003 - 06:27 AM
Posted 01 June 2003 - 03:56 PM
"Stanton Welch has brought a little bit of chaos -- at least, in theory -- to Tulsa Ballet.
'The idea I had when I began working on this ballet was about how a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world,' Welch said. 'That's the shorthand description of chaos theory.'
'And that got me thinking about how little things that we do -- or leave behind, like fingerprints -- can create a large chain of events in other people's lives,' he said.
Out of these musings was born the ballet 'Fingerprints,' which Welch was commissioned to create by a genial cabal of regional ballet companies -- Tulsa Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Ft. Worth/Dallas Ballet and the Washington (D.C.) Ballet."
Posted 01 June 2003 - 04:18 PM
If I might ask, where did you read this article?
Posted 01 June 2003 - 04:30 PM
I found it on the internet. I don't have the link on hand as I cut and pasted it into a word document. Here's the title/author info, though. Plug it into Google and I'm sure you'll have success!
Ballet Preview: Butterflies and chaos
Choreographer Stanton Welch brings `Fingerprints' to Tulsa Ballet
By James D. Watts Jr.
World Entertainment Writer, Tulsa World
February 15, 2002
From what I've read on our future Artistic Director, it seems as if any and everything inspires him. I also particularly liked his inspiration for "Bruiser" and "Clear" as well
"Bruiser, he told me, is about the physicality of his art. He wanted it to appear like the Olympics of ballet -- athletic, competitive, and tough. "It's the pain of relationships expressed through dance," he said. Pain of the mind, pain of the body, pain of the spirit, all this is expressed. Dancers are paired off in mock boxing matches, and no one comes away without their share of bruises. "
Clear (from an article for Lighting Design written by Lisa Pinkham who did the lighting for the ABT production):
"We talked about the ballet in terms of who are the men and who is the woman, and what's going on? And it turned out to be a very simple idea: The men are chaos and the woman represents clarity and calmness. He had related part of his personal life to the ballet. In his own life there was a lot of chaos, but about one thing he was very clear, and that helped build the ballet.
The men's scenes are bathed in golden yellow with faint white patterns. When the woman enters, the stage is washed in deep blue causing the patterns to show up better, giving those scenes a very romantic and pretty moonlight-and-stars feeling. (Interestingly, the French word for clear, "clair," is also one of the words for light, as in "clair de lune," or moonlight.) The piece ends with the lead man holding the woman, who is reaching up to heaven or to the stars. The light fades down to one central spot on them, then irises down to just illuminate the woman's hand. "
Let me know if you can't find it. I'm happy to forward it or try to find it again myself.
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