Hissy Fits

Ailey II in Dwight Rhoden's Hissy Fits.  Photo by Eduardo Patino, NYC (8)
Please Credit Photo:  Ailey II in Dwight Rhoden's Hissy Fits.  Photo by Eduardo Patino, NYC

Dwight Rhoden, the former Ailey star turned renowned choreographer, "knows how to dazzle our eyes and quicken our pulses” (Village Voice).  But in this 2006 contemporary ballet, he went beyond mere virtuosic movement to depict the sometimes tumultuous and ambivalent nature of human relationships.  J.S. Bach’s piano music provides a powerful backdrop to the high-voltage interplay of five couples, each of whom feels the ripple effect of a series of ‘hissy fits,’ or uncontrollable emotional impulses, that reverberate in this work. 

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