The Unanswered Question

Choreography by: Eliot Feld

Music by: Charles Ives

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Credits

Music
The Unanswered Question; Calcium Light Night; Fugue in Four Keys, Mists; From the Housatonic at Stockbridge; Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Violin (In the Barn); Remembrance; An Old Song Deranged
Premiere
April 30, 1988, New York City Ballet, American Music Festival, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Valentina Kozlova, Damian Woetzel

Length
27 Min.
Costumes by
Willa Kim, Properties: Eliot Feld and Peter Hauser
Lighting by
Allen Lee Hughes

The Unanswered Question shows Eliot Feld in a complex and mysterious mood, responsive to the music of Charles Ives. Fully theatrical in its staging, with lighting by the Feld Ballet's Allen Lee Hughes and costumes by Willa Kim, it creates an atmosphere often surreal, sometime humorous, sometimes dream-like. The dancers entwine and become parts of musical instruments (a Sousaphone, a drum) and a large tricycle. An exotic and daring pas de deux climaxes with the woman's mysterious disappearance.