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Four Quartets


75 years ago T.S. Eliot published Four Quartets, a poetic meditation on time and memory that is widely regarded as his crowning achievement. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Bard SummerScape 2018 presented the world premiere of Four Quartets, the first authorized dance performance ever to be based on Eliot’s modernist masterpiece. A SummerScape commission, the work is an interdisciplinary collaboration that draws on the talents of three of today’s most potent artistic voices—choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho, and modernist painter Brice Marden.


Text T. S. Eliot
Choreography Pam Tanowitz
Music Kaija Saariaho
Images Brice Marden

Musicians The Knights
Narration Kathleen Chalfant

Scenic and Lighting Design Clifton Taylor
Costume Design Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Sound Design Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Dramaturgy Gideon Lester
Stage Management Betsy Ayer
Producer Caleb Hammons, Fisher Center at Bard

Kara Chan
Jason Collins
Dylan Crossman
Christine Flores
Zachary Gonder
Lindsey Jones
Victor Lozano
Maile Okamura
Melissa Toogood

The Knights
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Hannah Collins, cello
Bridget Kibbey, harp

Assistants to Brice Marden Tyler Drosdeck and Noah Dillon
Assistant Lighting Design Conor Mulligan

Read the Full Program


The following trailer was edited and released in July 2018, at the time of Four Quartets‘ premiere:

The following trailer was edited and released in October 2020, when Four Quartets was available on UPSTREAMING:

Production Photography

There the Dance Is

What is it like to dance Four Quartets? Experience this epic performance from the other side of the curtain—through conversations with Kathleen Chalfant, Pam Tanowitz, and the dancers of the company. Filmed remotely over the summer of 2020, There the Dance Is, leads us on a journey of reflection and revelation.



Read a series of twelve blog posts about the evolution of Four Quartets, written by Artistic Director Gideon Lester.

Read the Blog



Gideon Lester talks about the world premiere of Four Quartets (released May 24, 2018):

Pam Tanowitz and former New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay discuss the making of Four Quartets (recorded and premiered live on October 30, 2020):



All photos were taken on April 24, 2018 by Maria Baranova, with the Four Quartets company in rehearsal at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.