Cavaliers Find Unique Inspiration for Abstract 70th Anniversary Program

June 27, 2018

The Cavaliers’ 70th anniversary production all stems from one musical piece — “Boléro.”

In its 2018 show, “On Madness and Creativity,” the corps draws its inspiration not only from the famous early 20th-century piece by Maurice Ravel, but also a work of art by Anne Adams that visually depicts Ravel’s work, measure by measure. Ravel was affected by a neurological syndrome called Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) when composing “Boléro.” When Adams began working on “Unraveling Boléro,” she ultimately came down with the same condition.

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