A Wonderful Thing was choreographed for the 1991
San Francisco Mozart Festival. During rehearsals, a broken foot almost caused cancellation of the project, but artists must make a virtue out of necessity (our
motto is "if you can't fix it, feature it"). Our ex post
facto explanation of the special props is that in Papageno's previous aria,
where he attempts suicide, he would have broken his foot, and Papagena is considerate enough to similarly limit herself.
In fact, the use of props (in all of our work) adds choreographic possibilities and stimulates the imagination,
and, in this piece, adds a birdlike quality appropriate to this duet from The Magic Flute.
This is our homage to Opera Ballet and the classical pas de deux.