In the Course of Sleeping


This ballet was set in a fantastical world during the moment it takes for a dewdrop to fall. The design included a 40-foot painting of a bird wing in mid-flutter with animated projections applied to its surface, each with a different reference to the passage of time. A jet slowly moves its way across the sky, a cloud moves the other way, and the watchful eye of Jean Cocteau surveys the scene. Suggesting a world of minute scale, a giant walnut shell was used as a self-propelled baggage cart. The luggage was transparent and set with lights and transparent clothing.

The central focus of the stage was an immense dewdrop which had a variety of lighting capabilities, from pearlescent to fire-like. The projections were done in collaboration with Dominique Drillot of Paris. This dance premiered in Monte Carlo, then went on to Paris, New York and Vancouver.

In the Course of Sleeping
Various, performances in Europe and North America
Ballet de Monte Carlo, John Alleyne, Choreographer
Studio Team
Bill Pechet
Project Team
Bill Pechet, Dominique Drillot (lighting), Nancy Bryant (costumes)
Pechet, Ballet de Monte Carlo