Two's Company

Choreography by: Toni Pimble

Music by: Antonin Dvörak

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String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 ("The American," 1st and 2nd movements) (1893)
May 30, 1992, The Diamond Project I, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Stephanie Saland, Peter Boal, Jeffrey Edwards

"The title comes from the old expression `two's company; three's a crowd.' I start out by showing three dancers as part of a large group. Then I take the soloists out of the group. Eventually, only two will be left. Much of the choreography is classical, but I'm also using some contemporary floor work." — Toni Pimble.
Toni Pimble was born in England and studied at the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Elmhurst School of Ballet. As a professional dancer she performed leading roles in both the classical and contemporary repertories with three companies in Germany. Since 1978 Ms. Pimble has held the posts of Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of the Eugene Ballet Company in Eugene, Oregon. During her tenure at Eugene Ballet she has choreographed over 40 works and has received numerous awards and fellowships.

String Quartet in F Major consists of four movements and Ms. Pimble has choreographed to the first two. The first movement, allegro ma non troppo (fast, but not too fast), expresses a light-hearted and playful mood. It features an airy principal theme and concludes energetically. The second movement, lento (slowly) is characterized by a plaintive, soaring violin melody that expresses longing and desire, as well as inner happiness.