Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2009)
Music for a ballet choreographed by Jean Abreu
amplified string quartet: 2 vln, vla, vcl
duration: 80 minutes
First performed by the Mavron Quartet at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea on 12 February 2009 with Christiana Mavron (violin), Katy Rowe (violin), Benjamin Kaminski (viola), Lucy O’Connor (cello)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams explores how people meet in unpredictable ways, as well as the tension created between characters in public spaces and how bonds are created and dissolved in the space of a day.
The music takes its starting point from Plaza de Armas (Place of Arms), the name of the main square in many Latin American cities surrounded by government buildings, churches, and other structures of cultural and political significance. Other sections of the score relate to different types of public areas across the globe.