Music: Vladimir Martynov (Autumn Ball of the Elves, 1994)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Assistant to the Choreographer: Charlie Neshyba-Hodges
Scenic and Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Duration: 19 minutes
Premiere: September 25, 2008; Pacific Northwest Ballet
The 2008 world premiere of Twyla Tharp's Afternoon Ball was generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz.
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.
Come In!, Ensemble Opus Posth./Tatiana Grindenko, CCn'C Records
Notes by Doug Fullington.