Billboards (ballet)

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Poster for Billboards
Music Prince
Productions University of Iowa (January 1993); Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles (July 1993); Brooklyn Academy of Music (November 1993)

Billboards is a ballet Commissioned by Gerald Arpino for the Joffrey Ballet featuring the works of Prince.[1][2] The premiere was on Wednesday, January 27, 1993, at Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

No new music was used, although Prince contributed a special extended ten-minute orchestrated version of "Thunder" from the Diamonds and Pearls album. A video of the performance was released on VHS in February 1994,[3] and on Laserdisc format.


I: Sometimes It Snows in April (choreographed by Laura Dean)[edit]

II: Thunder (choreographed by Charles Moulton)[edit]

III: Slide (choreographed by Margo Sappington)[edit]

IV: Willing & Able (choreographed by Peter Pucci)[edit]

  • "For You"
  • "The Question of U"
  • "It"
  • "Willing and Able" / "Gett Off"


  1. ^ Reynolds, J.R. (July 27, 1996). "The Rhythm and the Blues". Billboard. p. 15.
  2. ^ Tobias, Tobi (November 29, 1993). "Dance". New York. p. 75.
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  4. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (November 28, 1993). "DANCE VIEW; Prince's Music, Joffrey Dancers: MTV on Point". The New York Times.