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Set to a supercharged, minimalist score, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse propels 26 dancers in sleek costumes through surging, relentless movement in front of a structural metallic background.
Created in 2006 for The Royal Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse is set to Michael Nyman's score, MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse). The score was composed to commemorate the 1993 inauguration of the north European line of the French train à grande vitesse, more commonly known as the TGV.
A tour de force for 26 dancers, with four couples at its core and featuring costumes and scenery by Jean-Marc Puissant and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, the work propels the dancers through shifting physical and emotional landscapes, paralleling Nyman's division of the score into five "regions." While a travel motif is never literal, a sensation of momentum and surging progression infuses the ballet.
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