Bones of Chaos

Photographer Steve Wilson.
Dancers Whitney Huell & Humberto Rivera Blanco. Photographer: Elizabeth Stehling Snell.

Choreography: Marika Brussel
Music: Ben Juodvalkis
Cinematographer: Brad Austin/Kansas City PBS
Camera Operator: Cole Blaise
Ballet Master: Parrish Maynard
Artistic Director & Producer: Devon Carney
Executive Director: Jeffrey J. Bentley
Episode Producer & Editor: Elizabeth Stehling

Bones of Chaos looks at how chaos and order can come together to make the fabric of our lives, especially in these times, when it can feel like chaos will overwhelm us. In the first section, order emerges from the chaos, and slowly, throughout the ballet, chaos comes in as order welcomes it, until it comes together. The Guest House, a poem by the 13th Century poet Rumi was a great influence on this work. It begins:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

This work was part of Kansas City Ballet’s New Moves 2021 Series which was presented virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic; premiering one episode online each week. All original works were filmed in beautifully iconic Kansas City locations. 


World premiere: Kansas City Ballet, March 11, 2021
Belger Crane Yard Studio, Kansas City Missouri


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