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Brooding and intensely physical, Oltremare depicts the journey toward a new life with both its struggles and adrenaline-rising anticipation.
Oltremare was the third ballet that Mauro Bigonzetti choreographed for NYCB, all of which are set to scores by his frequent collaborator, Bruno Moretti. About the ballet, which premiered in 2008, Bigonzetti said, “Oltremare, which translates to ‘beyond the sea,’ explores the feelings of people who have left their homeland on a quest for a better life in a far new land: the sadness of separation, and the excitement and joy of a new world. We see them at port, before they board the ship, saying goodbye to their home, and we see them sharing an emotional journey—crying, laughing, hugging—until finally everything fades away, like the colors of an old postcard.”
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