Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

Choreography by: Justin Peck

Music by: Aaron Copland

A plotless take on Aaron Copland’s well known Americana score, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes pairs a lone woman with a cast of 15 jocular, energetic, and charming male dancers for a fresh and thrilling adventure that audiences adore.







NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, with a cast of 15 male dancers and a lone female principal dancer, is his eighth work for New York City Ballet. In 1942, the composer Aaron Copland wrote the iconic ballet score Rodeo for choreographer Agnes de Mille. Copland later rearranged the original score for symphony orchestra, which Peck has used for his ballet Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. (The punctuation marks in the title indicate the common pronunciation of “rodeo,” distinguished from the de Mille ballet.) Upon the ballet’s premiere in February 2015, Peck wrote, “In creating the choreography, I divided the score into four distinct choreographic interpretations: The first movement takes on a kinetic, engine-like quality; the second movement elicits recurring weather patterns; the third movement calls to mind the synchronicity illustrated by two birds in flight; and finally, the concluding fourth movement communicates a sense of total vitality, bright fervor, and healthy competition.”

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Credits

Music
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Premiere
February 4, 2015, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Sara Mearns, Amar Ramasar, Gonzalo Garcia, Justin Peck, Sean Suozzi, Daniel Ulbricht

Length
24 Min.
Costumes by
Reid Bartelme, Harriet Jung, Justin Peck
Lighting by
Brandon Stirling Baker