In the summer of 1997, The Australian Ballet sent six dancers to New York City. They joined Tharp in the studio to learn and rehearse a new work she created for the company.
Set to a composition by Ki-young Kim, The Storyteller is a dramatic ballet with elements of primitive mysticism. The music combines Western forms and a piano with traditional Korean percussion, woodwinds and vocals. The dancers enter in a slow procession. One man – the oracle – emerges from the group. Five other dancers complete the cast, functioning either as a Greek chorus or the players in the oracle’s tale.
Additional performances during the 1997 Melbourne Festival
Additional performances on February 12-13, 2011
Additional performance on December 3, 2011