Anyones Ballet – 1988 Revival

anyonesballetThe title alludes to the poem by ee cummings, “anyone lived in a pretty how town…” that serves as the text for the work’s finale and inspires the entire production. the anyones ballet is Hollander’s portrait of New York. Each of the work’s four sections has its own scenario and point-of-reference:

In the first movement, from a window high above the street, the perambulations of city workers devoid of individual personalities and traits appear both fascinating and meaningless.

In the second movement, we are inside the private “rooms” of each of five individuals, with a close-up view of their personal longings.

The world of children at a playground is the setting for the third movement.

A society’s life cycles characterize the fourth and final movement, accompanied by the poem’s poignant words.

“the anyones ballet” premiered in 1988 and served as a signature piece for the Company’s first South Asia Tour in 1992, when it was performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bombay and on tour throughout the Subcontinent.

It was restaged in 2000 for Battery Dance Company’s 25th anniversary season and has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.) and on U.S. tours and will be featured at the Stockholm 750 Festival in June, 2002.

Music composed on commission by Ricky Ian Gordon, costumes designed and executed by Noelle Braynard and lighting by Pat Dignan.

“the anyones ballet is a gorgeous examination of the human condition. Hollander has a gift for realizing what T.S. Eliot called ‘the skull beneath the skin,’ an ability to see below the surface and to communicate his findings to an audience. … Hollander assures us that the human condition, whether bleak or reverent, is nothing if not shared.” 

– Vanessa Paige-Swanson, The Dance Insider

“The finest passage consisted of successive solos in which dancers twisted bodybuilding poses into evocative expressions of angst. Pat Dignan’s excellent lighting, varied in its glow, created a sense of life lived.”

– Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

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