Originally created for ABT Studio Company last spring but never before seen due to COVID-19, Lovette’s piece now features main company dancers Emily Hayes and Jonathan Klein, Abbey Marrison and João Mengussi, Kiely Groenewegen and Tyler Maloney and Chloe Misseldine and Jose Sebastian.
La Follia Variations is set to music of the same name composed by Francesco Geminiani and performed by East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Costumes are designed by fashion designer Victor Glemaud.
“The progression of steps is one of my favorites among the classical ballet style,” Lovette says. “These dancers give me hope for the future of dance, and this piece of choreography is a celebration of that hope.”
As an expansion of his earlier work for the Company created in an East Coast quarantined bubble in fall 2020, Indestructible Light will mark Moultrie’s first work for ABT.
The piece premiered digitally in November 2020 with six dancers but has since been reimagined for the stage. Indestructible Light celebrates the demonstrated resilience of artists against impossible odds over the past year.
“I wanted the great music of American composers Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Billy Strayhorn, and Count Basie to serve as the foundation to take the dancers on an exciting, physical journey that resonates with audiences,” says Moultrie. “I’m always excited about finding ways to use great music and the dancers’ bodies to bring inspiration to people. No matter what’s happening around us, we must always remember here’s a light within that can never be shut off.”
Set to music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Neal Hefti and Billy Strayhorn, the piece will feature dancers Betsy McBride and Jacob Clerico, Anabel Katsnelson and Melvin Lawovi, Hannah Marshall and Duncan McIlwaine, and Scout Forsythe and Joseph Markey, costumes by Mark Eric and lighting by Brad Fields.