Sense of Doubt

Music: Philip Glass (selections from Symphony No. 4, “Heroes,” 1996; The Secret Agent film soundtrack, 1996)
Choreography: Paul Gibson
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Lisa Pinkham
Duration: 19 minutes
Premiere: April 20, 2007; Pacific Northwest Ballet (Celebrate Seattle Festival)

Chalnessa Eames, James Moore, and Benjamin Griffiths in
Sense of Doubt. Photo © Angela Sterling

The 2007 world premiere of Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt was generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz.

The Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation was the foundation sponsor for the 2007 world premiere of Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt.

Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt premiered in 2007 as part of the Company’s Celebrate Seattle Festival. Set to passages from American minimalist composer Philip Glass’ Fourth Symphony, as well as from Glass’s film soundtrack for The Secret Agent, Gibson has choreographed a solo, duet, trio and quartet that suggest suspense and intrigue. The pervasive noir effect is underpinned by Mark Zappone’s diaphanous costumes and Lisa Pinkham’s ambient lighting.

Sense of Doubt is the fourth work Gibson has made for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The others are Diversions (1998), Rush (2002), and The Piano Dance (2005).

Recommended Listening:
Philip Glass: Secret Agent, Nonesuch 79442
Philip Glass: Heroes Symphony, Naxos American 8559325

Recommended Reading:
Music by Philip Glass, by Philip Glass (Da Capo Press, 1995)


Notes by Doug Fullington.

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