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.

Title
In the Course of Sleeping
Performances
Various, Europe and North Amenrica
Client
Ballet de Monte Carlo, John Alleyne, Choreographer
Completed
1996
Studio Team
Bill Pechet
Project Team
Bill Pechet, Dominique Drillot (lighting), Nancy Bryant (costumes)
Images
Pechet, Ballet de Monte Carlo