Spectral Evidence

Choreography by: Angelin Preljocaj

Music by: John Cage

Set to a haunting John Cage score filled with sounds of thunder, fire, and breath, this impactful work inspired by the Salem witch trials features a cast of eight that utilizes simple yet versatile scenery pieces and concludes with a prickling finale that leaves its four female dancers writhing.

Prelcojaj’s Spectral Evidence, set to a selection of works by John Cage, is the French choreographer’s second commissioned work for NYCB. The Artistic Director of Ballet Preljocaj, which has been based in Aix-en-Provence since 1996, Preljocaj previously worked with NYCB in 1997 when he created the ballet La Stravaganza, set to works by Antonio Vivaldi, Evelyn Ficarra, Robert Normandeau, Serge Morand, and Ake Parmerud. Spectral Evidence had its world premiere at NYCB’s 2013 Fall Gala performance and features lighting designed by Mark Stanley and costumes designed by Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens, Artistic Director of the American fashion house Theory.

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The Wonderful Window of Eighteen Springs, No. 22 from Song Books, Waltz from Trio, Part 3 from Amores, No. 52 "Aria No. 2" (Relevant) from Song Books, Experiences No. 2
September 19, 2013, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Megan Fairchild, Georgina Pazcoguin, Gretchen Smith, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Chase Finlay, Amar Ramasar

30 Min.
Costumes by
Olivier Theyskens, supervised by Marc Happel
Lighting by
Mark Stanley