The new ballet is inspired by, and set to, Philip Glass's 2005 piano work A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close, celebrating his longstanding friendship with the celebrated painter. The composer has provided additional music for Elo's dance; Bruce Levingston will perform the score live. Displayed on backdrops will be images of several of Close's own self-portraits.
The premiere of C. to C. (Close to Chuck) was last night, with additional performances this afternoon, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Information and tickets are available at www.abt.org.