THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF
NEW YORK CITY'S BALLETS WITH A TWIST
The essential ingredients of our signature show
"I started work on the piece shortly after I saw Marianela Nuñez and Roberto Bolle dance Onegin at La Scala. It was a devastating experience. I was transported by the relationship between Bolle and Nunez and between the characters they played. Swimming Pool — well, it's about death. But not in a tragic way. It's a rumination on life and the end of life and what happens after.
People say that when you're drifting away, you encounter amazing things...”
— Artistic Director Marilyn Klaus
"At the outset, Marilyn gave me only two phrases to work with for this dance: 'Swimming Pool’ and 'outer space.' It was like a riddle — but I could dig it. Chime-like electric piano, cymbals, and a fretless bass set the scene, making way for a dreamy acoustic piano melody that follows the liquid, gliding, curving choreography. Jazz drums, a boundless brass choir, and solo horns
later send the celestial piece on its final skyward soar."
— Composer Steve Gaboury
“The atmosphere of this dance is very mysterious. I thought that putting the men in a deep, navy hue would give the impression that they are shadows of the female character, who wears a unitard in brighter shades. Finishing touches for the lady’s ensemble include a long removable skirt, a retro floral swim cap covered with large Swarovski crystals, and 1950s-style earrings.
This piece was a real project, but the final effect looks gorgeous on stage!"
— Designer Catherine Zehr