Opus 111


Artistic director Peter Boal commissioned Tharp to create two new works for the Pacific Northwest Ballet: Afternoon Ball and Opus 111. The two works, performed back-to-back, form an opposition pair - one work bright and classical, the other cold and contemporary.

Opus 111 is a chamber ballet for six couples. The dancers are light, waltzing and loping through the four movements of the Brahms composition. The first section alternates couples and quartets; the second features a single couple in relief against the ensemble. The third and fourth movements roll through a series of variations on social, ballroom and folk dance forms. 


  • Opus 111
    Thomas, Postlewaite, Eames and Moore in performance. © Angela Sterling 
  • Opus 111
    Thomas and Postlewaite in performance. © Angela Sterling
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in a 2010 restaging.  © Angela Stearling


Dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet in performance.
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Music Program:

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op.111
Composed by Johannes Brahms - 1890

I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
II. Adagio
III. Un poco Allegretto
IV. Vivace ma non troppo presto

Performance History

Pacific Northwest Ballet Studios, Seattle, WA
September 20, 2008


McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
September 25, 2008

Additional performances on September 26-28, 2008
Works on this program: Opus 111 (premiere), Afternoon Ball (premiere), Nine Sinatra Songs

McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
November 5, 2010

Additional performances on November 6-7 & 12-14, 2010
Works on this program: Opus 111, Afternoon Ball, Waterbaby Bagatelles

Teatro Romano, Spoleto, Italy
July 6, 2012

Works on this program: Waterbaby Bagatelles (excerpt), Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111.

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