“Known by Heart:” American Ballet Theatre at TED2012

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Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre are now on stage delighting the crowd with their delicate elegance and dramatic expression. Blaine Hoven and Stella Abrera are dancing Known by Heart, a duet choreographed by Twyla Tharp in 1998. The piece is performed to a strangely catchy taped score by Donald Knaack, in which metal is played as percussion. Dance aficionados might recognize the piece in the words of the New York Times, which described a recent performance as “not so much an anti-ballet as an exercise in audience-conscious coyness.” Non-dancers are just amazed at how graceful human beings can be.