Sara Kirkland Snider ~ Composer of Music

World Premiere of ‘Embrace’ by Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

On June 15-17, Embrace, Sarah’s new orchestral ballet with choreographer George Williamson, had its world premiere by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. The inaugural commission of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new Ballet Now program, this highly personal 39′ work explores ideas of sexuality and individual identity, and examines what happens when these concepts come into conflict with societal expectations.

While choreographer George Williamson was praised for breaking new ground with gender roles in ballet, Sarah’s music received generous note as well:

Embrace is a new work by up-and-coming dance-maker, George Williamson, to a tremendous commission from the notable American composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. Snider creates a thrilling sound world, using the many sonorities of a full orchestra and building her music into truly impressive climaxes. It is rich and satisfying, an impressive first dance score from her, making one wish to hear more of her work very soon….superb.”

–G.J. Dowler, Classical Source, June 16, 2018

Embrace is the most interesting work I’ve seen from Williamson, who is associate artist at English National Ballet… The sense of collaboration is strong. Snider’s new score supports the action with atmospheric, lyrical music.”

–Zoe Anderson, The Independent, June 18, 2018

“…as a showcase for [Williamson and Snider’s] emerging talents, the piece makes an exciting impression…Snider’s score is perfectly suited to Williamson’s theme, rooted in classicism but attuned to the modern ear, with its lushly filmic, melodic quality, and brilliantly handled by Koen Kessels in the pit. I hope she will be commissioned for more dance works henceforth.”

Amanda Jennings and Deborah Weiss, Dance Europe, July 2018 (print only)

Embrace is a powerful work driven by a strong score and an ever simmering tension that revolves around the figure of the ‘outsider’. Yet for all the drama on display, it’s easy as a viewer to drift through sections.”

–Rachel Elderkin, The Stage, June 18, 2018

“Sarah Kirkland Snider’s new and undoubtedly American score with its echoes of Bernstein, Copeland and Barber supports the action well. At a time when it seems de rigueur that new music has to be difficult, Snider manages to be challenging without being hard on the ear.”

–David Mead, Seeing Dance, June 20, 2018

Update (December 2018): Dance Europe and The Stage named Embrace one of the best ballet premieres of 2018! 

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