Eighty One
Ballet San Jose performing Eighty One
Photo by Bob Shomler

Premiered in
2013

Dancers
11 (5 men, 6 women)

Length
20 minutes

Commissioned by
Ballet San Jose

Restaged on
Ballet San Jose (2015)

Notes
This piece is performed live by composer Jakub Ciupinski using his hand gesture controlled technique.


“The 11 dancers moved with extreme precision and unity, legs like swords in grand battements, fiery jumps, or for the women, streams of fluid bourrĂ©es across the stage. Here they looked like automata, until they intersected with the men, creating a jolt of breathtaking fluidity. The piece accelerated, culminating in a gorgeous sculpted tangle of dancers, their bodies stretching upward to the light.”
“Solos merge into synchronized lines like particles of space dust pulled together by gravity. The effect was hypnotic, and the audience surrendered happily.”
“a dazzling theatrical spectacle”
“Lang's piece works as if an intricately designed machine whose interlocking parts keep the place humming yet with few of the anti-humanist implications that such an endeavor might suggest.”

Music
Jakub Ciupinski (Commissioned Score)

Lighting Design
Jim French

Past Performances
April 19-21, 2013San Jose, CAMore Info
March 27-29, 2015San Jose, CAMore Info
Reviews
March 30, 2015San Francisco Classical VoiceMore Info
March 29, 2015San Francisco ChronicleMore Info
March 28, 2015San Jose Mercury NewsMore Info
April 21, 2013San Francisco ChronicleMore Info
April 20, 2013Mercury NewsMore Info