Eroica is the second new work in a series of five annual performances at the Garden that are made possible by gifts from the Dorrance Family Foundation, Carol and Randy Schilling, and supporters of the New Works Initiative.
Andersen’s previous work at the Garden inspired The New York Times chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay to designate Ballet Arizona “one of the most enterprising companies anywhere." In this newest production, the world renowned Andersen challenges conventional expectations and reawakens the human spirit in this immersive tribute to the past, present and future. Eroica promises to be one of Andersen’s most important works, pushing the boundaries of ballet and pursuing a deeper understanding of what it is to be human in this day and age.
Internationally acclaimed lighting designer Michael Korsch will illuminate the powerful energy on stage with colors and textures that sculpt the human body and underscore the uncommon beauty of desert surroundings. Celebrated costume designer Fabio Toblini reveals the dancers’ lithe figures with a playful and daring style that is as striking as it is beautiful. Underlying this visual feast is Beethoven’s celebrated Third Symphony, a score that transcended tradition and changed perspectives with its technical and emotional complexity, ushering in a new era of music.