Halo Ballet (Bipolar Disorder NOS) (2010–2011)

  • Instrumentation: pno, elec keybrd, harp or elec gtr, elec bass (opt), perc
  • Duration: 12’00
  • Performers: Toca Loca
  • Commissioned by Toca Loca

Program Notes

Credit for the idea of a Halo ballet goes to Gregory Oh, who commissioned the piece and arranged for me to work with choreographer Julia Aplin. To complement the unusual dance environment of the piece, I chose an unusual musical environment that is equally a hybrid of instrumental traditions, both classical and rock. The material of the piece develops a single harmonic and melodic progression, which moves from extremely slow and legato to extremely fast and frenetic. Through this diverse vocabulary, I hope to give the choreographer a range of expressions to work with, allowing her to demonstrate the full potential of the robotic Halo characters to function as dancers.