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360. METASTASEIS & PITHOPRAKTA



Music: By Iannis Xenakis (Metastaseis, 1953-54; Pithoprakta, 1955-56).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Lighting by Ronald Bates.

Premiere: January 18, 1968, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving.

Cast: METASTASEIS: 22 women, 6 men; PITHOPRAKTA: Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Mitchell, 7 women, 5 men.

Note: The music of both brief pieces by the modern Greek composer-architect is based on a calculus of sound, the orchestra of sixty-one instruments playing sixty-one different parts. In the ballet METASTASEIS (Greek, meaning '[action] after stillness') the dancers, in white, form a mass in the shape of a giant wheel that moves and changes, ending as it began. In PITHOPRAKTA ( 'aleatory acts'), the two leading dancers, dressed in white and gold, perform a pas de deux during which they simulate partnering but seldom touch; the corps is in black.

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