Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description A meditative ballet that explores the nature of time and perception, Watermill was created during renowned choreographer-director Jerome Robbins’ most experimental period. The unique work has been rarely staged since its premiere performance by New York City Ballet in 1972. BAM presents this Noh-inspired piece, which Robbins called “poetic theater,” as part of the Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration.
Director/choreographer Luca Veggetti’s newly conceived production includes the original Teiji Ito score featuring Japanese instrumentation—including the shakuhachi, a 13th-century bamboo flute played by Buddhist monks. With Asian religious and theatrical influences, the contemplative music evokes the cycles of nature, the seasons, and moons. The piece is set on 18 dancers who portray adolescents on a barren beach in Watermill, Long Island. Within this dream landscape, one young man looks back on scenes from his life. Robbins’ interest in Noh theater is reflected in the piece’s ritualistic content, slow and stylized gestures, and the appearance of a demonic character. The central and intimate configuration of the BAM Fishman Space will engender a new vision and perception of this unique piece of dance theater.