Produced by Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Ballet dancers gone postmodern
“The high voltage of [Sara Mearns’s] every performance is extraordinary” – The New York Times
It’s rare to see the artistic and athletic finesse of the world’s leading ballet dancers on stages outside of opulent theaters and opera houses. Yet when three of New York City Ballet’s finest talents—Jared Angle, Sara Mearns, and Gretchen Smith—arrive at Spoleto Festival USA, audiences get the unprecedented opportunity to witness them up close and without pointe shoes or tutus in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theatre. A collaboration between ballerina Mearns—a Columbia, South Carolina, native—and postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick, this unique and experimental quartet is set to music by composers György Ligeti, Heinrich Biber, and Robert Boston. Melnick, who enjoyed a performance career with Twyla Tharp (among others), also presents a solo work created in conjunction with the late Trisha Brown.