"The greatest creation of dance theater so far this century”- The New York Times
Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot’s mysterious and beautiful masterpiece, is a meditation on time and timelessness and is now prized as one of the 20th century’s most stunning literary achievements. Seventy-five years after its publication, Eliot’s poetry cycle has inspired three astonishing contemporary artists to join forces in a ravishing union of dance, music, painting, and poetry.
A Bard Fisher Center Production
Premiere: Bard SummerScape
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Text by T. S. Eliot
Scenic and Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor
Costume Design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Sound Design by Jean-Baptiste Barriére
Images by Brice Marden
Music by Kaija Saariaho; performed by The Knights Ensemble
with Kathleen Chalfant
“Pam Tanowitz has created dance theater of the highest caliber. ”- The New York Times
“…Pam Tanowitz’s own profound FOUR QUARTETS moves not only in time but as time. Traversing rhythmic and dynamic extremes – skittering en masse one moment and clearing the stage for a lonely adagio that radiates limbs the next – the dancers seemed to incarnate time. “– Financial Times
“Rarely do dance, music, poetry and image come together as sublimely as they have in FOUR QUARTETS” – The Berkshire Eagle
Four Quartets is co-commissioned by the Bard Fisher Center, where it received its world premiere in Bard SummerScape 2018, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Barbican, London, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
GAGOSIAN is the lead corporate sponsor of Four Quartets. Major support provided by Rebecca Gold. Additional commissioning funds were provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the T. S. Eliot Foundation, King’s Fountain, Virginia and Timothy Millhiser, and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Creation of the music was supported by the Thendara Foundation and New Music USA.
Photos by Marina Baranova