Choreographer's note: My dictionary defines “Romantic” as “characterized by freedom of form and spirit, emphasizing feeling and originality” - a description that fits well to Dvorak’s music, and indeed to the entire output of 19th century music which I have long avoided. (Not that I don’t like this music. I simply feel it has been over-used in ballet, and for good reason: its expressive melodies and harmonies quickly spark the choreographic imagination.) But after having succumbed to the considerable charms of Dvorak’s violin pieces, I set out to make a short suite of dances that flirt with very obvious expressions of feelings - a little merry, a little sad, and a little serious - and try to capture some of that elusive Romantic spirit.
Choreography: Miro Magloire
Duration: 16 min.
Music: Antonin Dvorak, Four Romantic Pieces for violin and piano, op. 75
Costumes: Candice Thompson
World Premiere: November 21st, 2008
Original Cast: Emily SoRelle Adams, Elizabeth Brown and Emery LeCrone
Photos by: Kristin Lodoen Linder