Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Forgoing elaborate costumes, set design, and even musical accompaniment, Moves enthralls with the unexpected intensity derived from sounds produced by the dancers themselves.

Whether a ballet tells a story or concerns itself with pure dance, its form is determined by the web of music on which it is composed according to the interpretations of the choreographer. The score conditions, supports, predicts, and establishes the dynamics, tempos, and mood, not only for the dancers, but also for the audience. The music acts as a base for the spectators’ responses to the happenings on stage and creates a pervasive atmosphere for reaction. Moves severs that guidance and permits the audience to respond solely to the action of the dance, to become aware of the potential to gesture, to respond directly to the curiosity of movement, and to be released from the associations evoked by scenery, costumes, and music.

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July 3, 1959, Jerome Robbins' Ballets: USA, Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy
NYC Ballet Premiere
May 2, 1984, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Erin Martin, Michael Maule, Lawrence Gradus, John Jones, James Moore, Bill Reilly, Doug Spingler, Jamie Bauer, Gwen Lewis, Jane Mason, Barbara Milberg, Christine Mayer

27 Min.
Lighting by
Jennifer Tipton