Dance Festival: Performance Program

Bach Partita #2

Music: Partita No. 2 in C Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Emery Lecrone
Lighting: by Mark Stanley

Tess Reichlen, Tyler Angle
Stella Abrera, Alexandre Hammoudi

Notes: In March of 2014 choreographer Emery LeCrone premiered two commissions, each set to the same piece of music, J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor. One work is based on classical vocabulary with dancers from New York City Ballet including Tyler Angle and Teresa Reichlen, and the second contemporary work was performed by Sarah Atkins, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Pierre Guilbault, Richard Isaac, Kimi Nikaidoh, and Alfredo Solivan.

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet

Music: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, by Johannes Brahms & Arnold Schoenberg
Choreography: George Balanchine ©George Balanchine Trust
Lighting: by Mark Stanley

Dancers: Sterling Hyltin, Jared Angle
2nd Movement
Dancers: Lydia Wellington, Indiana Woodward, Emilie Gerrity

Notes: The Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet premiered in 1966. It was performed by the New York City Ballet at New York State Theater.

Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet was the first abstract work Balanchine designed for the stage of the New York State Theater. Balanchine often said that chamber music was not suitable for large ballets, since chamber pieces typically are “too long, with too many repeats, and are meant for small rooms.” Schoenberg crafted his orchestration of the Brahms G minor piano quartet in the 1930’s out of a similar dissatisfaction, telling a critic that the chamber version “is always very badly played, as the better the pianist, the louder he plays, and one hears nothing of the strings.” Lincoln Kirstein writes that the dances “seem steeped in the apprehension and change permeating the sunset of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. They suggest a world drunk on ‘wine and roses.'”

Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux

Music: Eduard Helssted
Choreographer: August Bournonville
Lighting: By Mark Stanley

Dancers: Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside

Notes: The Flower Festival in Genzano is a one-act ballet by Danish choreographer and balletmaster August Bournonville (1805–1879). Bournonville created the work for Denmark’s Royal Ballet in 1858. The libretto is taken from a tale found in “Impressions de Voyage” by Alexandre Dumas and tells the story of two real-life lovers, Rosa and Paolo. The music is by Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli.

The ballet premiered in 1858 and was danced in its entirety by Denmarks’ Royal Ballet until 1929 when it was dropped from the repertoire. The pas de deux was extracted  however, and lived on in Denmark’s Royal Ballet School until Harald Lander, director of the Royal Ballet, once again brought it to the stage in 1949. It is considered one of Bournonville’s most perfect compositions, a charming love duet between two young people where the steps express both their joy and their teasing playfulness.





Music: Drones and Viola, Nico Muhly
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Lighting: by Mark Stanley

Sterling Hyltin, Tyler Angle
Craig Hall Indiana Woodward,
Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon

Notes: Benjamin Millepied’s Neverwhere, set to Drones and Viola by the choreographer’s frequent musical collaborator Nico Muhly, premiered at New York City Ballet’s 2013 Fall Gala performance.

With a cast of six dancers, Neverwhere features dramatic lighting by Mark Stanley and costumes made of hundreds of thin plastic chips, designed by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen. Millepied, former Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival artistic director,  will be become the Paris Opera Ballet’s new director of dance in September 2014.

Pontus Lidberg Preview

Choreography: Pontus Lidberg
Lighting: by Mark Stanley

Dancers: Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside

Notes: When American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston received a grant from the Annenberg Foundation to further her career, she chose to commission a dance by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg. Lidberg, Boylston and and James Whiteside will preview the new work at this year’s Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival.


Music: Anton Dvorak
Choreography: Justin Peck
Lighting: by Mark Stanley

Dancers: Tess Reichlen, Calvin Royal

Notes: Furiant premiered at the 2013 Young America Grand Prix Gala. A Furiant is a rapid and fiery Bohemian dance in 2/4 and 3/4 time, with frequently shifting accents. The stylised form of the dance was often used by Czech composers, including Antonín Dvořák. The use of the furiant by central European composers closely parallels their use of the Dumka (dumky), a dance which often precedes the furiant.


Performances will be on July 25 and July 26 at 6 pm.
Nantucket High School
Mary P Walker Auditorium

Tickets on sale July 1 at the library or online.