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Annette, Adele, and Lee

Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva
Teatro Camões, Lisbon
16 - 19 May, 2019

Annette, Adele, and Lee is the title of the new ballet by Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva for the National Ballet of Portugal. 

The three proper names of the title may suggest a love triangle, but this is not a narrative ballet. They are, in fact, the names of three tap dance dancers recorded in a London sound studio in order to produce the material with which David Cunningham was to compose the sound for this ballet.

The classical ballet trained dancers we see dance to the sound of their tap dancing peers. As for these, we can only imagine them and wonder what they may look like. However, the thirty minutes of great complexity of sound and choreographic patterns in which their presence is continuous will make their names memorable.

It could be said that Annette, Adele, and Lee is, after all, a story of dancers.

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