Bartók Ballet

Choreography by: Pam Tanowitz

Music by: Béla Bartόk

Known for her post-modern take on classical dance, Pam Tanowitz presents ballerinas in pointe shoes in an otherwise contemporary ensemble work exploring space and time, set to the braided melodies of Bartók’s string quartet.

Bartók Ballet is Pam Tanowitz’s first work for New York City Ballet. The ballet for 11 dancers is set to Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5. It features costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung and lighting by NYCB’s Resident Lighting Director Mark Stanley. Tanowitz conceived the framework for Bartók Ballet as part of the Women’s Choreography Initiative at American Ballet Theatre in the Fall of 2017.

All Spring 2019 performances of Bartók Ballet featured guest musicians FLUX Quartet:

Tom Chiu, violin
Conrad Harris, violin
Masumi Rostad, viola (special guest)
Felix Fan, cello

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String Quartet No. 5, performed by guest musical ensemble FLUX Quartet
May 2, 2019, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Indiana Woodward, Gretchen Smith, Sarah Villwock, Miriam Miller, Mira Nadon, Rachel Hutsell, Emily Kikta, Devin Alberda, Daniel Applebaum, Kennard Henson, Jonathan Fahoury

35 min.
Costumes by
Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Lighting by
Mark Stanley