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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF

NEW YORK CITY'S BALLETS WITH A TWIST

THE MIXOLOGY

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​Cocktail Hour: The Show

brings timeless American spirits to life,launching the Mai Tai, Mojito, Martini and more off the menu and onto the stage.

The Mixology is a guide to the essential ingredients

of our signature show.

also featured in The mixology

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MANHATTAN

(photo on top)

The Ingredients

Uptown Girl • Tuxedoed Terrier • Midnight Delight

 

The Choreography

"Years ago, I spotted a little black-and-white dog in the window of a local children's store, and I fell in love. Seeing how into it I was, my husband, company composer Steve Gaboury, bought it for me for Christmas. The rest is history. Soloists who take on this role have varying degrees of difficulty with Bristol (AKA that doggie in the window). He can be a real stick in the mud if he's not in the right mood. But each dancer eventually develops an affection for him, as does the audience!"
— Artistic Director Marilyn Klaus

The Music

"Manhattan features a breezy piano theme, a muted trumpet, and feather-light drums. Mixed with strings and additional brass, this jazz combo creates a cool atmosphere, and the melody reflects the soaring skyline of the city. The piece eventually drifts to a graceful exit

with the dancer — via taxi, of course."
— Composer Steve Gaboury

The Costumes

“Once Marilyn discovered Bristol, I knew she would make a Manhattan someday. Ages before she started choreographing the dance, I found the perfect iridescent fabric: red satin on one side and the shades of the city at twilight on the other, with black flocked flower sprays all over it. She had a very specific vision for this character — Christian Dior's 'New Look’ — and we went through several 'drafts' before arriving at a final design. Every costume is always a work in progress!"
— Designer Catherine Zehr

SWIMMING POOL

The Ingredients

Celestial Souls • Moonbeams • High Tides

The Choreography

"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

The Music

"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 Costumes

“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

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The Ingredients

Celestial Souls • Moonbeams • High Tides

 

The Choreography

"In the mid-1970s, I took a few trips to Rio with my family around New Year's Eve. I got into a lot of trouble, sneaking away to see the parades, to dance in the streets with people I didn't know... and to unwittingly pick up a mysterious night stalker! We would also all have the national drink of Brazil — the Caipirinha — while we were there, so the piece I created decades later is infused with memories of both the vibrant local culture and of my surprising extracurricular experiences."

— Artistic Director Marilyn Klaus

 

The Music

"Hats off to Marilyn for dreaming up a unique 10/4 rhythmic pattern for Caipirinha. It's the heartbeat of the piece, and the company saunters in clapping it over atmospheric percussion. As the dance progresses, flute, trombone, and trumpet themes weave together atop Amazonian guitar effects, syncopated piano phrases, and dramatic tempo changes — all supporting a living parade 'float' created by the dancers in the end."

— Composer Steve Gaboury

 

The Costumes

"It took me a while to learn how to pronounce 'Caipirinha,' but making the costumes was a blast! I aimed to create a lush, fresh feeling for the women, as though they're exotic birds flying through the rainforest, while the men wear understated brown pants with lots of color on top. Handmade tropical branches start to appear on stage in the  middle of the piece, and during the grand finale, the women toss confetti into the air from their perches on the guys' shoulders. I adore this dance!"

— Designer Catherine Zehr

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