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In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a theme and variations in the strictest sense. Making use of academic virtuosity, it extends and accelerates these traditional figures of classical ballet. By shifting the alignment of positions and the emphasis of transitions, the enchainments begin to tilt obliquely and receive an unexpected drive that makes them appear at odds with their own origins.

The work’s title refers to the minimalist design of the performance space. The simple, black stage is inexplicably accented by two golden cherries that are suspended “in the middle, somewhat elevated.”

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