This Bitter Earth

Choreography by: Christopher Wheeldon

Music by: Max Richter and Clyde Otis

This breathtaking and poetic dance for a man and woman explores the haunting, tenuous melodies of Dinah Washington’s soulful rendition of “This Bitter Earth” as remixed by British composer Max Richter.

This Bitter Earth is a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s Five Movements, Three Repeats. The full work was originally created for Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists, a group led by former Martha Graham Dance Company star Fang-Yi Sheu that included NYCB dancers Wendy Whelan, Tyler Angle, and Craig Hall. Set to a remix of Dinah Washington’s This Bitter Earth and Max Richter’s On the Nature of Daylight, the ballet had its Company premiere at NYCB’s 2012 Fall Gala.

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Credits

Music
“This Bitter Earth” performed by Dinah Washington (from the motion picture soundtrack for Shutter Island). Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
Premiere
August 6, 2012, Vail International Dance Festival
NYC Ballet Premiere
September 20, 2012, David H. Koch Theater
Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Tyler Angle

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Wendy Whelan, Tyler Angle
Length
8 Min.
Costumes by
Reid Bartelme
Lighting by
Mary Louise Geiger