The collaboration for Emily of Amherst involved the Emily Dickinson Museum, three choreographers, Amherst composer Ted Trobaugh, narrators, an army of costume constructors, and 50 dancers.
Drawing from historic writings, Dickinson family letters, and Dickinson’s poetry, the libretto by Catherine Fair, then Executive Director of Amherst Ballet, and Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, recreated scenes from Emily’s life as schoolgirl, young woman, and mature poet.
Click here to see young Emily dancing with friends.
Especially exciting was the creation of the white dress – in dance-able form. Who knew that Emily could execute an écarté?!?
Interest in Emily of Amherst reached far beyond the real Emily’s home town. At the invitation of the New York Botanical Garden, Amherst Ballet presented excerpts there as part of the Botanical Garden’s exhibit dedicated to Emily Dickinson.