Music: Joby Talbot (Tide Harmonic, 2009; arr. 2013)
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Duration: 18 minutes
Premiere: May 31, 2013
The 2013 world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic was generously underwritten in part by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.
Christopher Wheeldon’s new work marks his first creation for Pacific Northwest Ballet and the fifth Wheeldon ballet to enter the company’s repertory. The others are After the Rain pas de deux (2005, acquired 2008), Carousel (A Dance) (2002, acquired 2009), Polyphonia (2001, acquired 2007), and Variations Sérieuses (2001, acquired 2008).
Choreographed for four couples, the new work is set to Tide Harmonic, a score for chamber orchestra by British composer Joby Talbot. Conceived as a dance work, Tide Harmonic has been specially arranged for Wheeldon’s new ballet. Talbot describes the score as “…a kind of water symphony that, rather than constructing a poetic or narrative programme inspired by man’s relationship with water, instead focuses on the substance itself, the forces that act upon it, and the energy that flows through and from it.”
Wheeldon and Talbot have recently collaborated on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011) and are currently working together on a new full-length ballet of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, which will premiere in 2014. Both ballets are co-productions between The Royal Ballet and National Ballet of Canada.
Wheeldon’s new work is the culmination of a long relationship between the choreographer and the artists of Pacific Northwest Ballet. “Having Chris Wheeldon create a ballet for PNB has been a dream of mine since arriving in Seattle eight years ago,” said Artistic Director Peter Boal. “He has known and admired many of our dancers since his early days choreographing for the students of the School of American Ballet. As a choreographer, his sense of musicality and invention coupled with his knowledge of tradition and design are unparalleled. This is a true highlight of our 40th Anniversary Season.”
Notes by Doug Fullington.