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Polyphonia

Christopher Wheeldon

Polyphonia is a one-act ballet choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with music by György Ligeti, created for the New York City Ballet. World premiere on 4 January 2001 at the New York State Theatre. It is considered a breaking point in Wheeldon’s work and it won the Laurence Olivier prize in 2003 for best new dance production.

  • World premiere: New York City Ballet, en Nueva York (EE. UU.), el 4 de enero de 2001.
  • CND premiere: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander (Spain), February 25, 2022.
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Polyphonia is Wheeldon’s first ballet creation on his appointment as resident artist at the New York City Ballet after retiring as a performing dancer. There is no plot. Wheelon has described it as “romantic with comic turns” and he said it was inspired on the works of Norman Morrice, though the critics have also seen it as a homage to Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine—especially with reference to the latter’s ‘leotard ballets’. The title is a reference to the micro-polyphonic music developed by György Ligeti, based on polyphonic textures.

Información

  • Choreography:
    Christopher Wheeldon
  • Music:
    György Ligeti (1923-2006) Désordre from Études pour piano, premier livre (1985) / Arc-en-ciel from Études pour piano, premier livre (1985) / No. 4 Tempo di Valse from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / Invention (1948) / No. 8 Vivace energico from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) /No. 2 Hopp ide tisztán from Three Wedding Dances (1950) / No. 7 Cantabile molto legato from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / No. 3 Allegro con spirito from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / No. 2 Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / Capriccio No. 2 – Allegro robusto (1947) 2 Hopp ide tisztán from Three Wedding Dances (1950) / No. 7 Cantabile molto legato from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / No. 3 Allegro con spirito from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / No. 2 Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale from Musica Ricercata (1951-53) / Capriccio No. 2 – Allegro robusto (1947)
  • Pianist:
    Mario Prisuelos
  • Figurines:
    Holly Hynes
  • Lighting design:
    Mark Stanley
  • Choreographic Assistant:
    Jason Fowler
  • Costumes made by:
    Wardrobe CND
  • Duration:
    27 minutes