Terpsicorps, the untraditional ballet company who brought you “Vampyre” and the “Rite of Spring”, is excited to bring one of their most popular works to Winston-Salem, “The Many Deaths of Edward Gorey”. This entertainingly odd ballet brings the quirky art of Edward Gorey to life through dance.
Heather Maloy’s ballet, inspired by the life and work of Gorey, premiered in Asheville in 2007 and was one of Terpsicorps’ greatest successes. Audiences walked away with one complaint, “Why wasn’t it longer?” So five years later, Maloy and the original composers are revisiting the work, adding three additional scenes, more characters and more of that unique Gorey flair. The musicians are converging from Chicago, Charleston, and Winston-Salem especially for this project.
Also on the program is Maloy’s celebrated comic ballet, “Couch Potatoes”. Ballet master Chris Bandy will be premiering a new athletic and upbeat work, “Half Past Never”, and Maloy will be completing a new pas de deux she began last summer at the National Choreographer’s Initiative entitled, “Calm”.
Terpsicorps will again be bringing in principal dancers from professional ballet companies across the country to bring this unusual vision to life. At a Terpsicorps production, audiences are treated to some of the nation’s finest dancers performing innovative choreography that speaks to the audience.
Don’t be afraid to come dressed in your Edwardian finest!