The Bridge

Kaori Nakamura and Jonathan Porretta in
The Bridge. Photo © Angela Sterling

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich (Chamber Symphony for Strings, Op. 110a, 1960)
Choreography: Val Caniparoli
Costume Design: Victoria McFall
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Duration: 25 minutes
Premiere: February 24, 1998; Pacific Northwest Ballet

“On May 19, 1993, Admira Ismic, a Muslim, and Bosko Brckic, a Serbian, tried to escape war-torn Sarajevo together. Thirty yards from safety, on Sarajevo’s most dangerous bridge, machine gun fire killed Brckic, and Ismic was wounded. She crawled over to his body, cradled him, then died. For six days, their bodies lay in silent embrace. The international press dubbed them ‘the Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo,’ and for many their deaths symbolized the end of a multi-ethnic Bosnian state.” —Val Caniparoli

A native of Renton, Washington, Val Caniparoli choreographed The Bridge for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Silver Anniversary Season 1997–1998.

Notes by Doug Fullington.

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