Music: Philip Glass (“Rubric” and “Façades” from Glassworks, 1981; “Funeral” from Akhnaten, 1983)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Jean-Pierre Frohlich
Scenic Design: Jerome Robbins and Ronald Bates
Costume Design: Ben Benson
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Duration: 26 minutes
Premiere: May 12, 1983; New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 24, 2010
The 2010 PNB premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces was generously underwritten by Glenn Kawasaki.
Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces is a ballet set to three works by American minimalist composer Philip Glass. Capturing the feel of urban America in the ‘80s, Robbins deploys 42 dancers with power and momentum to create a tour de force combining music, movement, colorful costumes, and atmospheric lighting, all set off against a graphpaper set. Reviewing the 1983 world premiere at New York City Ballet, New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff called Glass Pieces “one of those landmark Robbins ballets in which the choreographer so shrewdly and penetratingly translates the temper of our times.”
Notes by Doug Fullington.