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Act II of La Bayadère features the famed vision of the “Kingdom of the Shades” showcasing the corps de ballet in gossamer white tutus, filling the stage in perfect unison, as sublime as angels arriving from heaven.
Amid a farewell party in an Edwardian garden, this tale brims with tension as young lovers are torn apart by a bride’s marriage of convenience to a monied, older gentleman. Performed to Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Antony Tudor’s choreography reveals vagaries of the human heart through furtive meetings, whispered secrets and gestures of unfulfilled yearning.
A groundbreaking work first presented in 1973, Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe contrasts classical vocabulary with playful sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Featuring music by The Beach Boys, Deuce Coupe juxtaposes the ballet vocabulary that has evolved more than 300 years with another movement vocabulary that is loosely based on contemporary social dances.