The Last Glass
WORLD PREMIERE 2010 
Matthew Neenan
Beirut
25 minutes
July 21, 2010
The Wilma Theater
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With inspiration from the wild street-parade sound of American indie-rock band Beirut, The Last Glass is a ballet that slowly awakens like a city, part mysterious pageant and part raucous celebration.

Neenan’s friend James Ihde recommended that he listen to Beirut a few years ago, knowing that the music might inspire him to create a ballet one day. The rawness of the music allows the dancers to take on an intense theatricality and gives them the space to develop strong characters and story lines throughout the dance. “The Last Glass” refers to the song used in the seventh movement of Neenan’s piece, the song “Un Dernier Verre”.

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“Neenan’s The Last Glass careened giddily between celebration and sorrow.”
BROAD STREET REVIEW

“This piece has a very urban sensibility, ranging from sassy to traditional, with colorful costumes and a sense of diversity.”
THE DANCE JOURNAL

“This piece certainly deserves to be kept alive as a BalletX signature piece.”
THE DANCE JOURNAL
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Contact Lois Welk, Company Representative, at lwelk@balletx.org or 607.329.0467

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