The Shimmering Asphalt

Choreography by: Pontus Lidberg

Music by: David Lang

Guided equally by a dreamlike piano trio and sovereign strings, Pontus Lidberg’s monochromatic but multi-layered The Shimmering Asphalt is both musing and mechanical, taking viewers on a hypnotic journey into the intricacies of a machine-like collective.

Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg’s first-ever ballet for New York City Ballet, The Shimmering Asphalt, is set to a commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, with whom the choreographer has collaborated for more than 10 years. The ballet’s costumes are designed by British designer Rachel Quarmby- Spadaccini, a frequent collaborator of Lidberg, and the lighting is designed by NYCB Resident Lighting Director Mark Stanley.

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Shade by David Lang (co-commissioned by New York City Ballet)
January 26, 2017, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Sterling Hyltin, Rebecca Krohn, Lauren Lovette, Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Chase Finlay, Gonzalo Garcia, Russell Janzen, Taylor Stanley

22 Min.
Costumes by
Rachel Quarmby-Spadaccini
Lighting by
Mark Stanley