Oltremare

Choreography by: Mauro Bigonzetti

Music by: Bruno Moretti

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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Performances

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Credits

Music
Oltremare
Premiere
January 23, 2008, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Maria Kowroski, Tyler Angle, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Teresa Reichlen, Ana Sophia Scheller, Maya Collins, Megan LeCrone, Georgina Pazcoguin, Jonathan Stafford, Andrew Veyette, Jason Fowler, Vincent Paradiso, Sean Suozzi

Length
32 Min.
Costumes by
Mauro Bigonzetti and Marc Happel
Lighting by
Mark Stanley