Winter Fire is a mixed repertory program featuring the U.S. premiere of Infra by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer of London's Royal Ballet; the company premiere of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated by William Forsythe, a former Joffrey dancer; and the critically acclaimed After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon, resident choreographer of New York City Ballet.
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated was originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1987. It is a purely abstract work that combines classical ballet lines with rapid-fire virtuosity. After the Rain, set to the minimalist, classical music of Arvo Pärt, is in two sections of strikingly different tone. Infra is set to an original score of mournful strings and calmly indifferent industrial sounds. The set includes a 59-foot LED screen suspended above the stage displaying walking pedestrian animations.
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