Lynne Taylor-Corbett has called this highly charged, theatrical work (her second for New York City Ballet) a tribute to Principal Dancer Jock Soto. In art, the term "chiaroscuro" refers to the play of light and shadow to give the illusion of three dimensions. The ballet is also a work of light and shadow in its alternating fast and slow movements and the varied interactions between Mr. Soto, who danced the lead in the premiere performances, three women and two men.
Lynne Taylor-Corbett has choreographed numerous works for theater, ballet, opera and film. She spent two summers as a teacher and choreographer-in-residence at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and received the silver medal for choreography at the First International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She has choreographed works for many companies, including American Ballet Theatre (Estuary and Great Galloping Gottschalk), Pennsylvania Ballet (Code of Silence and Final Draft), Atlanta Ballet (Appearances), Miami City Ballet (Surfacing). Miss Taylor-Corbett's Mercury, set to music by Haydn, was presented as part of The Diamond Project I during New York City Ballet's 1992 Spring Season. She has also directed "Darlene Love: Portrait of a Singer" at New York's Bottom Line and "Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi."