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Choreography: Jacqulyn Buglisi

World Premiere: 2011 at the Joyce Theater

Composer/Pianist: Daniel Brewbaker

Live Narrations: Clifford David, Christine Dakin, Jason Jordan

Recorded Narrations: Jacqulyn Buglisi, Diana de Vegh, Richard Ferrone, Jeffrey Hover, Jose DeGuzman, Carol Mondo, Marcus Naylor, Graciano Nunez, SJ van Heerden

Lighting/Projection Design: Jack Mehler

Costumes: A. Christina Giannini



Terese Capucilli, Virginie Mécène, Helen Hansen French, Martine van Hamel,

Jeanene Winston and Junichi Fukuda; So Young An and Jason Jordan;

Rika Okamoto and Alexander Brady; Lauren Jaeger and Kurt Douglas; Ninia Agustin, Catherine Correa, Min Young Lee, Anne O’Donnell, Stephanie Van Dooren, Thompson Randolph


"When two souls, which have sought each other….a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are... begins on earth and continues forever in heaven. This union is true love, ... a religion, which deifies the loved one, whose life comes from devotion and passion, and for which the greatest sacrifices are the sweetest delights." – Victor Hugo to Adèle Foucher

"…should I draw you the picture of my heart? It would be, I hope, what you still Love." 

– Abigail Adams to John Adams

"Once I go to bed and I put my head on the pillow my first thought is about you my country. They say to me keep our roots and always be the best..". – a Thai refugee

"With two thousand men sleeping around me, my thoughts are with you and my children. And when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name. Sarah." – Civil War Major Sullivan, killed in action at the Battle of Bull Run


Letters of Love on Ripped Paper is made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, and The Arnhold Foundation, O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation, and the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program. This ballet was created during NYSCA long-term residencies at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. Ms. Buglisi would like to thank Nancy Long, Chris Spiwak, Paul Buckley, Dave Darlington/Bass Hit Recording, Lisa Broderick, Clifford David, and to all those who contributed to the narrations and recording, and to the dancers for their part in the development of this ballet.

Background photo (c) Paul B. Goode

Letters of Love on Ripped Paper

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