Waiting At The Station

Waiting At The Station
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Seattle, WA
Commissioner

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Ensemble

Leta Biasucci, Amanda Clark, Jahna Frantziskonis, Angelica Generosa, Leah Merchant, Elizabeth Murphy

Andrew Bartee, Ryan Cardea, Kyle Davis, Eric Hipolito Jr., Steven Loch, Ezra Thomson

Dancers

Father:    James Moore
Son:        Price Suddarth

Quartet:  Carrie Imler and Kiyon Gaines
               Laura Tisserand and Jonathan Porretta

Three Fates:   Chelsea Adomaitis, Elle Macy, Sarah Pasch

Total number of dancers
21
Runtime
:31:00
Other program information

Conductor: Emil de Cou
Assistant to the Choreographer: Kiyon Gaines
 

Waiting at the Station is a short narrative ballet set to a collection of compositions – both old and new – by R&B artist Allen Toussaint. Scenic and costume designs by Santo Loquasto set the scene in 1940s New Orleans. 

The story follows one man as he attempts to connect with his son and pass on his steps before he must surrender to the three gilded Fates that seek him out. The ensemble dances upstage for much of the work. They are a living frieze, providing background rhythm and dramatic tableau as two couples gambol, waltz, spar and swing through a sampling of society’s many small conflicts. After the Father dances his goodbyes and recedes upstage with the three Fates, his Son leads the jazz funeral procession – a celebration of both life and death through music and dance. An epilogue follows, wherein the Father returns briefly to tidy a few loose ends and conduct the finale before boarding his last train.

Apart from her own, Tharp has developed long working relationships with three dance companies over the course of her career; Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of these. After seven years of repertory and two prior commissions, artistic director Peter Boal approached Tharp to create a third piece for the company. Waiting at the Station anchored an All-Tharp program that included Nine Sinatra Songs and the Seattle premiere of Brief Fling.

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    Macy, Pasch, Moore and Adomaitis. ©Angela Sterling
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    Moore (back left), Macy, Pasch and Adomaitis with company dancers. ©Angela Sterling
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    Moore with company dancers. ©Angela Sterling
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    Imler and Tharp rehearse. ©Lindsay Thomas
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    Generosa and company dancers in studio rehearsal. ©Lindsay Thomas
Full music program

Music by Allen Toussaint

1. Let's
2. Bright Mississippi
3. Dolores' Boyfriend
4. Mother-in-Law
5. Don't Go To Sleep
6. Fas-Fess
7. I Miss You, Baby
8. The Mardi Gras Stomp
9. Waiting at the Station

Music details
Music track
web_waitingatthestation.mp3
Audio sample

Don't Go To Sleep
Written by Allen Toussaint

Waiting at the Station | Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
Waiting at the Station | Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
Waiting at the Station (premiere) - Brief Fling - Nine Sinatra Songs | Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA