Afternoon Ball


Vladimir Martynov
(Autumn Ball of the Elves, 1994)


Twyla Tharp


John Selya

Scenic and Lighting Design

Randall G. Chiarelli

Costume Design

Mark Zappone


21 minutes


September 25, 2008; Pacific Northwest Ballet

The 2008 world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball was generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz.

Program Notes

Vladimir Martynov’s Autumn Ball of the Elves, for string orchestra, represents a Russian mix of minimalism and post-romanticism that can also be heard in the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. (Both composers abandoned academic compositional styles following religious conversions and developed individual voices influenced by personal interests and convictions.) In Autumn Ball of the Elves, Martynov applies a theme and variations structure to a minimalist palette.

Notes compiled by Doug Fullington.