Music by Virgil Thomson
Choreography by Mark Morris
Staged by Tina Fehlandt
Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by Michael Chybowski
World Premiere: Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 5/31/88
Original Cast: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shawn Black, Julio Bocca, Isabella Padovani,
Robert Hill, Susan Jaffe, Carld Jonassaint, Lucette Katerndahl, Kathleen
Moore, Martine van Hamel, Robert Wallace, Ross Yearsley
|Song: To Celia
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise,
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou did’st only breathe,
And sent it back to me;
Since when it grows and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.
A ballet for twelve dancers, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan
Opera House on May 31, 1988.
An excerpt from this ballet was given its first performance at the Dancing For
Life Benefit at the New York State Theater, New York on October 5, 1987.