Set to the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, the paired dancers explore the formality and grandeur of baroque tradition as they move in patterned group movements. Each of the sweeping, unique duets features its own surprises while revealing the individual personalities of its dancers. The movement is carefully synchronized to the music. Bachiana is one of the most balletic works in David Parsons’ repertoire.
Bachiana was jointly commissioned by Ruth Eckerd Hall the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts (Ruth Eckerd Hall) in Clearwater, Florida; University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville, Florida; and Florida Arts Celebration, Gainesville, Florida.