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Ballet Preview: Behind the Stage Door

by John B Hedges and Spinnaker



The Philadelphia Ballet's "Behind the Stage Door" is an interactive multimedia performance that explores the “invisible” forces that bring the ballet to life. Through a soundscape of diverse voices, original musical composition, dance, film, sculpture and interactive multimedia stage design, the piece illuminates the many personalities, stories, and experiences that underlie and make possible the transcendent art form that is the ballet.

The music was inspired by a series of interviews by filmmaker Heidi Saman, and short clips from those interviews are heard at the beginning of each scene. This original composition is a traditional score, but significant areas are open to interpretation and improvisations by each member of the ensemble, which was assembled specifically for this recording.


released May 4, 2022

Composed and conducted by John B Hedges

Spinnaker is:
Mark Allen – saxophone
Jay Fluellen – organ
Gloria Galante – harp
Thomas Kraines – cello
Arturo Stable – percussion

Produced by Jay Levin
Engineered by Doug Raus
Mastered by Sean Svadlenak
Recorded and mixed at Turtle Studios

Voice recordings from interviews by Heidi Saman
Danny Amadie – props master
Holly Hynes – costumer
Martha Koeneman – pianist
Nayara Lopes – dancer
Meredith Rainey – choreographer
Used by kind courtesy of The Big Picture Alliance

Artwork by Alex Aldrich Barrett and Cybee Bloss

Original score commissioned by The Philadelphia Ballet
for the interactive multimedia performance “Behind the Stage Door”
Program concept and creative direction by Sarah Cooper

Recordings and artwork ©2022 all rights reserved


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