James Moore in Mopey.
Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: C.P.E. Bach (Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq. 172, third movement) and The Cramps ("Surfin' Bird")
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Staging: Sean Suozzi
Costume Coordination: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: David Moodey
Duration: 15 minutes
Premiere: March 16, 2004; Peter Boal and Company (New York)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: November 3, 2005

Peter Boal met Marco Goecke in 2002 when the young German choreographer was invited to participate in New York City Ballet's New York Choreographic Institute. Impressed with Goecke's work for NYCB dancer Sean Suozzi, Boal commissioned a new work for Suozzi for performances by Peter Boal and Company at the Joyce Theater in 2004. Set to music by C.P.E. Bach and the 80's rock band The Cramps, Mopey is an inwardly reflective yet volatile solo work—dark, moody and potentially unsettling. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times called it "a tour de force" and "a touching piece of alienation," while Laura Shapiro of New York Magazine praised Suozzi's interpretation as "riveting in a portrait of madness so eloquent it looked like Shakespeare without words." In addition to performances by Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mopey has been performed at the Jacob's Pillow Festival, at the Biennale in Venice and at the 2004 Pina Bausch Festival in Wuppertal.

Notes by Doug Fullington.

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