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Sarah Kirkland Snider

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Embrace (2018)
Commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet for Ballet Now
Work Notes
Available for performances after June 2021.
G Schirmer Inc
Year Composed
39 Minutes
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Programme Note

Composer note:
Embrace is a 39-minute narrative ballet choreographed by British choreographer George Williamson, the inaugural commission of Birmingham Royal Ballet's new Ballet Now program. This highly personal work explores ideas of sexuality and individual identity, and examines what happens when these concepts come into conflict with societal expectations. In the words of the choreographer, Embrace is about letting go of what society expects us to be, and embracing who we are.

— Sarah Kirkland Snider

BRB’s Ballet Now, an ambitious project to develop new choreography. It is an earnest and heartfelt gay coming-out tale, with dramatic music
Debra Craine, The Times,19/06/2018
The sense of collaboration is strong. Snider’s new score supports the action with atmospheric, lyrical music.
Zoë Anderson, The Independent,18/06/2018
Embrace is a powerful work driven by a strong score and an ever simmering tension that revolves around the figure of the ‘outsider’.
Rachel Elderkin, The Stage, UK,18/06/2018
…his encounters with a hostile jabbing crowd are overly schematic and they feel rushed along by the hectic writing of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s score.
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian,18/06/2018
Sarah Kirkland Snider’s commissioned score, its genre-blending sound, jazzy and classical, takes my brain (plenty of time for it to drift) to the classical American ballpark of Leonard Bernstein, Gatsby the outsider, Edward Hopper’s and Tennessee Williams’s lonesome characters.
Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide,18/06/2018
Williamson chose Sarah Kirkland Snider, another newcomer to dance, whose compositions range from indie-rock, electronic pop to classical chamber music.
Graham Watts, Danc Tabs,18/06/2018
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