Chichester Psalms

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Chichester Psalms, a theatrical work that explores Leonard Bernstein’s melodic score is to all or part of six psalms, which call for spiritual reconciliation and brotherhood. As the dance begins, a chorus and dancers stand on risers in a semicircle. The dancers move onto the stage, led by a male and female dancer, in an exploration of the first part of the music, which celebrates the "joyful noise" of Psalm 100. The second section, which features a boy soprano, is more somber, reflecting the clash between the spiritual and secular worlds described in Psalm 2. In the final section, the dancers and singers celebrate the understanding between these two worlds in a celebration of unity. The costumes, with men dressed in black and women in white. Mark Stanley’s lighting shifts from white to gold and back to white.

Performances

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Credits

Music
Chichester Psalms
Premiere
June 2, 2004, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Carla K├Ârbes and Amar Ramasar with the Juilliard Choral Union

Length
19 Min.
Costumes by
Catherine Barinas
Lighting by
Mark Stanley