Photographer Steve Wilson.
Photographer Steve Wilson.

Choreography: Tomm Ruud
Music: Aram Khachaturian

Choreographed by Ruud in 1969 and set to Khachaturian’s Adagio from Gayne Suite, Mobile takes its title from the initial letters of the concept which inspired it: Moving Objects Behaving in Linear Equipoise. A work for three dancers who move in slow parallelograms, literally mobiles that evolve into other mobiles; fascinating, striking, exquisitely conceived,” (San Francisco Chronicle), the “sheer engineering feat of it is reason to see it time and time again.” (Blake A. Samson, Fine Arts News Service).

Tomm Ruud joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1975 as a dancer and was also a resident choreographer. A film Balances, released in 1981, is based on Mobile, his best known ballet, and was the highlight of San Francisco Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala in January of 1983. Mobile was first performed by the State Ballet of Missouri in 1981.

Kansas City Ballet Premiere: October 22, 1981

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