Choo-San Goh remembered


October 23, 1997|By Judith Green

Choo-San Goh, whose choreographic genius came to an abrupt end in 1987, when he died of AIDS at the age of 39, has not been forgotten. The Washington Ballet, where he was resident choreographer for eight years, maintains the 14 ballets created by the Singaporean artist and next week will bring back three for a benefit performance.

Co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore, the program will include "Double Contrasts," an elegant nocturne in black and white, and "Synonyms," both created in 1978; and the pas de deux from "Momentum," which won an award for choreography at the 1983 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.

The centerpiece is his most ambitious and fully realized work, "In the Glow of the Night," set to Bohuslav Martinu's Symphony No. 1.

Goh set all his ballets to sumptuous music. The works on this program also showcase piano concertos by Francis Poulenc and Sergei Prokofiev, and a string quartet by Benjamin Britten.

Proceeds from the program benefit the Capital Children's Museum.

The performance is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warner Theater, on 13th Street N.W. between E and F streets. (For Metro users, it's at Metro Center.) Tickets are $30. Call 202-432-7328. To attend the performance and a reception afterward at the embassy, tickets are $100. Call 202-675-4133.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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