Red Angels

Jonathan Porretta in Red Angels.
Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: Richard Einhorn (Maxwell's Demon, 1988-1990)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Peter Boal
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Duration: 14 minutes
Premiere: May 9, 1994; New York City Ballet (Diamond Project)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 17, 2005

Red Angels is a ballet of intense dramatic impact that is calculated to charge all the senses. Dressed in scarlet leotards and bathed in white and red hot light, four dancers perform with powerful athleticism to a riveting score for electric violin. Ulysses Dove commented on working with the dancers of New York City Ballet: "I wanted to deal with aspects of the Balanchine aesthetic I find appealing: the speed, legginess, the formality. As for the title, I think the dancers are angelic. And for me, the angels of the senses are red." Composer Richard Einhorn has described Maxwell's Demon as "a conscious transmute American popular music into art...with a nod towards direct expression and to an audience steeped in American rock 'n roll."

Notes by Doug Fullington.

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