THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF

NEW YORK CITY'S BALLETS WITH A TWIST

THE MIXOLOGY

The essential ingredients of our signature show

CAIPIRINHA

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.
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— 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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