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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
The second ballet was THE AUTUMN BALL, which was commissioned by the Wanaka Festival of Colour, and choreographed by Sarah Foster-Sproull. It premiered there in autumn 2021. The theme is falling leaves, and the colours that come with the close of summer and the dawning of winter, and again the lighting design -- this time by Daniel Wilson -- was perfectly in sync. The music was composed by Eden Mulholland, a local (Ngati Uepohatu) and very prolific composer for theatre and dance.
The third offering was WATERBABY BAGATELLES, choreographed by the illustrious Twyla Tharp, and which had its world premiere in April 1994 at the Wang Center, danced by the Boston Ballet.
Spiced with a great deal of humour (which the dancers very obviously enjoyed) it is a lighthearted play on the fun enjoyed by boys and girls. Apart from being watery, there is no overriding theme, so it really a collection of images of young people having fun. The music, which appears to have been composed by a whole bevy of names, is an equally moveable feast. All good stuff, highly enjoyable.
It was a marvellous evening. Go to the ballet. You will not regret it.