Inspired by the music of the famous Kronos Quartet’s Pieces of Africa, Artistic Director Stanton Welch uses aspects of tribal dance to create fluid interactions and classical technique. The movement style, a combination of classical skill and contemporary movement, is magnified by the costumes created by London-based designer Kandis Cook. The beautiful sheer black and white zebra print skirts amplify the male and female dancers’ fluid leg movements, highlighting the dancers’ clean lines and strength. Originally performed by Cincinnati Ballet in 2000, Fingerprints was a co-production with Cincinnati Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, and Washington Ballet.
“Fingerprints explores how we leave our mark on others,” comments Mr. Welch, “Everyone is changed through simple encounters.” Mr. Welch believes even the most insignificant interaction between people will leave a “fingerprint” on their lives.
Music by Kronos Quartet & Pieces of Africa by Elektra Entertainment
Choreographed by Stanton Welch
Coached by Claudio Muñoz
Costume by Kandis Cook
Lighting by Lisa Pinkham
Images: Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
Dancers: Kimberly Demaree and Bryan Jenkins
Dancers: Jennifer Carmichael and Brandon Alexander
Dancers: Brandon Alexander and Bryan Jenkins
All photos by Jim Caldwell