Ballet, Theatre, and Dance


EXCERPTS FROM “PINOCCHIO” [Wheelock Theatre, 2015]

“THE BLUE FAIRY THEME”

INSTRUMENTS: viola, piano
KEYWORDS: romantic, graceful, wistful
PREMIERE: January 30th, 2015 at Wheelock Theatre [AEA] for their original production of Pinocchio.
DESCRIPTION: The Blue Fairy performs an elegant solo dance, her movements transforming night into day (0:00-1:06).
PERFORMED BY: Christopher McClain (viola), and Mary Bichner (piano).


“BURNING FEET”

INSTRUMENTS: flute, viola
KEYWORDS: frantic, whimsical, comical
PREMIERE: January 30th, 2015 at Wheelock Theatre [AEA] for their original production of Pinocchio.
DESCRIPTION: While sleeping too close to the hearth, Pinocchio’s feet suddenly catch fire. Though the puppet remains oblivious, Pinocchio’s Shadow slowly wakes up (0:00-0:07) with the feeling that something is amiss. Looking down, the Shadow jumps at the sight of Pinocchio’s burning feet (0:08), and proceeds to run around the room attempting to find ways to put out the flames (0:09-0:39). The Shadow even tries sounding noisemakers (0:39-0:41), sadly to no avail. Growing more frantic, the Shadow moves even faster around the room (0:42-0:58) until his eyes finally land on a bucket of water (0:52). He puts in one foot (0:54), then the other (0:56), and hurries off-stage with relief as the viola plays its final flourish (0:58).
PERFORMED BY: Christopher McClain (viola), and Mary Bichner (flute).


“Swallowed by Namazu”

INSTRUMENTS: glockenspiel, string quartet, piano
KEYWORDS: unsettling, mystical, tumultuous
PREMIERE: January 30th, 2015 at Wheelock Theatre [AEA] for their original production of Pinocchio.
DESCRIPTION: Pinocchio is tossed into the sea, bound by a rope (0:00-0:06). Sensing Pinocchio is in danger, the Blue Fairy appears and sends a magical school of fish to set Pinocchio free, as fragments of her Blue Fairy Theme sound on the glockenspiel (0:07-0:24). But just as Pinocchio begins his attempt to swim to shore, a terrible storm (0:24-0:53) sweeps in, and dancers dressed as ocean waves drag him beneath the surface. A lone viola pierces through the murky water (0:54-1:08) as an unconscious Pinocchio sinks deeper and deeper into the ocean, finally landing in the belly of Namazu (1:09-1:11), the monster catfish.
PERFORMED BY: Christopher McClain (violin I, violin II, viola), Nick Dinnerstein (cello), and Mary Bichner (piano).