Close to Chuck is an artfully curated trio of contemporary works, showcasing three ballets from some of today's most visionary choreographers.
The program features the return of Jiří Kylián's transcendent Bella Figura, the company premiere of Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo's C. to. C (Close to Chuck) with music by Philip Glass and sets by renown American artist Chuck Close, and a ground breaking World Premiere by José Martinez, former Paris Opera étoile, whose choreography ranges from poignant stories of lost love to humorous works of sly wit and allusion.
Bella Figura, created by Jiři Kylián in 1995, is a dreamlike work set to a Baroque score. Kylián has described the work as "a journey in time-light and space, addressing the ambiguity of aesthetics-performances and dreams. Finding beauty in a grimace-in a knot of the mind-or in a physical contortion. It is like standing on the edge of a dream. Standing in darkness and staring into a sharp light with eyes closed-doubting every bit of our so-called reality." The Los Angeles Times wrote of Bella Figura, "in an increasingly dark world, [Kylián's] dancers are beautiful enough to give almost anyone renewed faith."
C. to. C (Close to Chuck)
First choreographed for American Ballet Theatre in 2007 C. to. C with sets designed by Chuck Close and costumes by fashion designer Ralph Rucci. Featuring solo pianist Bruce Levingston live on stage.