Gong

Premiere

American Ballet Theatre - The Metropolitan Opera

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Choreography Mark Morris
Music Colin McPhee - Tabuh Tabuhan
Costume Design Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Design Michael Chybowski
Number of Dancers 15
Runtime 20 minutes

Details

In McPhee’s description of the score, the core of the ensemble is a “‘nuclear gamelan’ composed of two pianos, celesta, xylophone, marimba, and glockenspiel,” giving it a highly percussive balance of sound. The orchestra is augmented by two Balinese gongs and cymbals.

Gong has also been performed by The Royal Ballet and Ballet West.

Press Quotes

  • "The jubilant, fanciful work demonstrated the great possibilities of classical ballet when merged with modern dance ideas."
    The Daily Californian