Created for American Ballet Theatre
Six weeks later, I met with Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre. He offered me the opportunity to create a new work for the main company. When he asked if I had any ideas, I suggested the Saint-Saëns score. ABT boasts a strong
company which includes the best classical ballet dancers from every part of the globe. I wanted to make a ballet that could challenge their technique, soften the lines of their upper bodies and create contrasting roles to present the ballerinas. In Kaleidoscope, I had the opportunity of using a large Corps de Ballet to off set the principal dancers. This raises questions on several levels that relate to individual versus group dynamics. I see the Corps de Ballet as the key to understanding the relationships between the soloists. As in contemporary collective thought, I have used the Corps de ballet to comment on and define the choices of the two ballerinas.