Archiva

Commissioned by The Pennsylvania Ballet, Archiva is a 35 minute large scale ballet choreographed by Matthew Neenan. The piece is a glimpse into the mind of a dancer at the end of her career, depicting fragments of accomplishments, failures, moments of pride, jealousy, and ultimately, acceptance that it is over. 

The music is based on fragments of baroque tropes that represent memories of the dancers. Instrumentally, the piece begins with a smaller sextet (piano, oboe, and string quartet) before exploding into the sound of a full orchestra. 

The world premiere of Archiva drove the audience, and me, wild.
— Merilyn Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer