Wheeldon’s inspiration for the piece originates from its score, Joby Talbot’s ‘The Dying Swan,’ which was used in a 1916 silent film depicting an artist precariously infatuated with his dancer muse. Fool’s Paradise blends classical technique with contemporary choreography to create a visually stunning abstract work. Dancers are bathed in a warm light throughout the work as they move through beautiful solos, duets, trios and sculptural tableaux. A breathtaking pas de deux unites the ensembles as gold petals fall across the stage. BalletMet is only the second company in the United States to perform this work.
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Répétiteur: Jason Fowler
Music by: Joby Talbot
Music by arrangement with G. Schirmer, INC. publisher and copyright owner.
Costume designer: Narciso Rodriguez
Original Lighting designer: Penny Jacobus
Costumes from a production of Wiener Staatsballett, 2015. Manufactured by ART for ART Theaterservice GMbH, Vienna.
World Premiere: September 13, 2007
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Clerkenwell, London, England.
Caitlin Valentine, David Ward, Marty Roosaare, Adrienne Benz, Grace-Anne Powers, Michael Sayre, Miquel Anaya, Lisset Santander, Jarrett Reimers
The dancers of BalletMet appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO
BalletMet is supported by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and The Columbus Foundation.
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