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A Wonderful Thing

Choreography: Dudley Brooks
with Rose Gray

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

[Rose Gray and Dudley Brooks in 'AWonderful Thing' -- photo by Steve Savage]


[Rose Gray and Dudley Brooks in 'A Wonderful Thing' -- photo by Steve Savage]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 [Dudley Brooks and Rose Gray in 'A Wonderful Thing' -- photo by Steve Savage] 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.

[Dudley Brooks and Rose Gray in 'A Wonderful Thing' -- photo by Steve Savage]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.