Working their way through five piano pieces by John Cage, two dancers unfold through the fluid yet crisp movements of this quirky pas de deux.
Richard Tanner created this ballet for the Eglevsky Ballet in 1982, using five pieces, Entre (Sonata III), Pas de Deux (Sonata XIII), Variation (First Interlude), Variation (Sonata V), and Coda (Sonata XI), from Cage's much longer work, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. The term "prepared piano" refers to a concept developed by Cage around 1938. Cage experimented with changing a piano's sound by inserting bits of wood, paper, screws, or other objects between or on the strings at various points to produce a more percussive sound.
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