Serious Pleasures

The merciless battle between spirit and flesh

Lesley Rausch and James Moore in
Serious Pleasures. Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: Robert Ruggieri (1992)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Parrish Maynard
Scenic and Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo, supervised by Robert Perdziola
Lighting Design: William H. Grant III
Duration: 30 minutes
Premiere: March 24, 1992; American Ballet Theatre (Chicago)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 18, 2010

This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

The 2010 PNB premiere of Ulysses Dove's Serious Pleasures was generously underwritten by Carl & Renee Behnke, Aya Stark Hamilton, and Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Cremin.

Serious Pleasures, Pacific Northwest Ballet's fourth Dove acquisition, presents an atmospheric view of contemporary urban social issues in a series of athletic solos and duets that feature Dove's own fusion of ballet and modern dance.


Notes by Doug Fullington.

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