Brooding and intensely physical, Oltremare depicts the journey toward a new life with both its struggles and adrenaline-rising anticipation.
This is the third ballet that Mauro Bigonzetti has choreographed for NYCB, and all are set to scores by his frequent collaborator, Bruno Moretti. Composed for only 21 musicians, the piece contains a major part for accordion that evokes times gone by. Of the ballet itself, Mr. Bigonzetti says, “Oltremare, which translates to ‘beyond the sea,’ explores the feelings of people who have left their homeland on a quest for a better life in a far new land: the sadness of separation, and the excitement and joy of a new world. We see them at port, before they board the ship, saying goodbye to their home, and we see them sharing an emotional journey — crying, laughing, hugging — until finally everything fades away, like the colors of an old postcard.”
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