Sharp Side of Dark
Jorma Elo's Sharp Side of Dark was premiered by Boston Ballet in 2002. Featuring large-scale architectural sets and a haunting lighting design, the work weaves contemporary movement with classical ballet tenacity. Four men and four women take the stage in this elaborate feast for the eyes. Flaunting sensational flexibility, they appear almost ghostlike in the eerie, multidimensional world Elo has created in this piece. Set to Bach's Goldberg Variations, Sharp Side of Dark is a perfect depiction of Elo's vision for modern ballet.
Bella Figura, created by Ji?i Kylián in 1995, is a dreamlike work set to a Baroque score. Kylián has described the work as "a journey in time--light and space, addressing the ambiguity of aesthetics--performances and dreams. Finding beauty in a grimace--in a knot of the mind--or in a physical contortion. It is like standing on the edge of a dream." The Los Angeles Times wrote of Bella Figura, "in an increasingly dark world, [Kylián's] dancers are beautiful enough to give almost anyone renewed faith."
Christopher Bruce's Rooster is a spirited, contemporary work influenced and set to music by The Rolling Stones. It first premiered in 1991 with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, and has since taken international stages to both popular and critical acclaim. Featuring eight of The Stones' classic hits, Rooster's score includes Paint it Black, Ruby Tuesday, Lady Jane, and Not Fade Away.