Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Whether a ballet tells a story or concerns itself with pure dance, its form is determined by the web of music on which it is composed according to the interpretations of the choreographer. The score conditions, supports, predicts, and establishes the dynamics, tempos and mood not only for the dance, but for the audience. The music acts as a base for the spectators’ responses to the happenings on stage and creates a pervasive atmosphere for reaction.
Moves severs that guidance and permits the audience to respond solely to the action of the dance, to become aware of the potential to gesture and to respond directly to the curiosity of movement, and to be released from the associations evoked by scenery, costumes, and music.
World Premiere: The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy 1959
Kansas City Ballet Premiere: May 5, 2011, Lyric Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri