In its continued campaign to bring art to people’s homes, Boston Ballet released the next episode of its Chamber Music Series – Dreams and Reflections – which exposes the audience to the nuances of Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner with beautiful piano playing and accompanying choreography.
Set to Brahm’s Six Pieces for Piano op. 118 is Triade, a ballet for five of the company’s dancers choreographed by Principal Paulo Arrais. Filmed in Boston Ballet’s South End studios, it opens with Chyrstyn Fentroy embodying the dramatic tone of the Intermezzo (played by pianist Alex Foaksman) in a cabernet-colored dress whose plum hues are accentuated by the lighting.
Music-only movements follow during which Freda Locker alternates with Foaksman at the keys.
Tyson Clark, Viktorina Kapitonova, and Paul Craig barely come out of silhouette in the Romanze movement languidly transitioning from one multi-corporal creation to another, all of which are also warmly reflected on the Marley.
And in the final Intermezzo, Sunwoo Lee seems to toggle between anguish and acceptance in a haunting solo whose ending sent chills down my spine.
Arrais shares the following about his piece:
I read a book about the triangle between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Brahms composed this work in homage to Clara Schumann, who he was in love with and helped once Robert was sent to a hospice. There are famous love letters between the two.
While reading it three things jumped to the forefront of my creativity: women strength, polyamory and mental health.
Triade is about the relationship between those three master composers. Husband, wife, pupil, teacher, friend and lover… this is the intricacy between them! We often judge and find it strange when a relationship doesn’t follow hetero normative values. As a deconstructed gay man, I want to create about it, I want to talk about it.