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Watermill

 ComposerTeiji Ito
 MusicWatermill (1971)
 DancersEdward Villella, Penny Dudleston, Colleen Neary, Tracy Bennett, Victor Castelli, Hermes Conde, Bart Cook, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Deni Lamont, Robert Maiorano
 CastMusicians: Dan Erkkila, Genji Ito, Teiji Ito, Kensuke Kawase, Mara Purl, Terry White
 SceneryJerome Robbins in association with David Reppa
 CostumesPatricia Zipprodt
 LightingJennifer Tipton
 GenreBALLET
 PremiereFebruary 3, 1972, New York State Theater, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs24 Dancers: 1 principal man; 1 demi woman, 4 demi men; 7 corps women, 11 corps men
 RequirementsIto′s ensemble (6 musicians)
 Running Time59′
 NotesThe score of ″Watermill″ stems mainly from the religious ceremonials and theatrical music of the Orient. It features the Shakuhachi, a bamboo flute used in the 13th Century in Japan, played mainly by Zen Buddhist priests whose compositions for the instrument still survive. The majority of these musical-religious works are contemplative evocations of nature and the seasons.

The ballet itself is influenced by the music and theater of the East; however, its world, people, and events are not construed as Oriental.


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