DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Music by: Michael Nyman

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Credits

Music
MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse)
Premiere
November 17, 2006, The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
NYC Ballet Premiere
January 28, 2012, David H. Koch Theater
NYC Ballet Original Cast
Teresa Reichlen, Ashley Bouder, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Craig Hall, Joaquin De Luz, Tyler Angle, Andrew Veyette
Costumes by
Jean-Marc Puissant
Set by
Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting by
Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Jesse Belsky

Set to a supercharged, minimalist score, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse propels a jet train of 26 dancers in sleek costumes through surging, relentless movement in front of a structural metallic background. 





Created in 2006 for The Royal Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse is set to Michael Nyman's score, MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse). The score was composed to commemorate the 1993 inauguration of the north European line of the French train á grande vitesse, more commonly known as the TGV.

A tour de force for 26 dancers, with four couples at its core and featuring costumes and scenery by Jean-Marc Puissant and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, the work propels the dancers through shifting physical and emotional landscapes, paralleling Nyman's division of the score into five "regions." While a travel motif is never literal, a sensation of momentum and surging progression infuses the ballet.

 

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