Distant Cries

Choreography by: Edwaard Liang

Music by: Tomaso Albinoni

Distant Cries, an unusual pas de deux requiring two highly virtuosic dancers, begins and ends with a ballerina dancing in silence, alone in a spotlight. Her movements are lyrical, though sometimes sharp and almost awkward. As the music begins her partner comes forward from the dark at the back of the stage. Their pas de deux is fast, intricate, and ingenious. The choreography seems to suggest a relationship between the dancers, but it is not clear whether the relationship is prickly, tender or both. The woman repeatedly hides her face with her hands; from what she is hiding remains a mystery.

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Adagio from Concerto a cinque, Op. 9, No. 2 in d minor for Oboe, Strings and Continuo
March 15, 2005, Peter Boal and Company, The Joyce Theater, New York
NYC Ballet Premiere
May 4, 2005, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Peter Boal

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Peter Boal
8 min.