Francesca Todesco presents dances by Duncan, Sokolow, Gallant, May, Ballard
Francesca Todesco presents
A program of dances by Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Catherine Gallant, Jim May, Rae Ballard
November 3 & 4 (Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
University Settlement, Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington)
(by subway - E or F train to Second Avenue; J or Z to Bowery; B or D to Grand)
Tickets: $25; $18 for students/seniors
Reservations: 1.800.838.3006 or https://todesco.bpt.me/
Dancers: Rae Ballard, Eleanor Bunker, Ilana Cohen, Daniel Fetecua, Catherine Gallant, Samantha Geracht, Erika Langmeyer, Lauren Naslund, Loretta Thomas, Margherita Tisato, Francesca Todesco
Narrator: Jim May
Pianist: Nathaniel LaNasa
Francesca Todesco, a longtime member of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and Dances by Isadora, celebrates her 20 year journey in the American Modern Dance Scene with two performances, November 3 & 4, at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street in downtown Manhattan. Todesco has assembled a stellar cast of artists and colleagues, including members of the Sokolow Ensemble, Dances by Isadora, and Thoughts in Motion Dance Company to perform dances by Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Catherine Gallant, Jim May and a premiere by Rae Ballard. All music on the program will be played live by outstanding pianists Nathaniel LaNasa and Isidora Vladic, who will perform Brahms, Chopin, Masiello, Schmitt, Scriabin, Portuguese composers Burnay, Colaҫo and Costa, and a new score by Bruno Belthoise. A native of Switzerland, Francesca traces in this concert her career in New York City and her love for American Modern Dance.
From the repertory of Isadora Duncan are rarely seen trios choreographed to music by Florent Schmitt, Reflects d'Allemagne. The Schmitt's score for four-hand piano will be played by LaNasa and Isidora Vladic. Crossing, Mother and Revolutionary is a powerful trilogy of dances set to three Scriabin Etudes and depicting different stages of Isadora's life. There will also be a series of Duncan dances to music by Chopin, completed by Catherine Gallant's 2010 work to Chopin.
Anna Sokolow's 1995 solo Poem will be performed to a newly composed score by French pianist/composer Bruno Belthoise, who found that "the choreography transmits a sense of meditative solitude. Through my music, I tried to emphasize both the great inner calm of this intimate meditation and the tragic outbursts that sometimes come back to haunt her soul." The program's second Sokolow work is a trio excerpted from her 1970's Magritte, Magritte, performed by longtime members of the Sokolow company, all dear friends of Ms. Todesco. The poems by Paul Eluard that accompany this dance will be recited by Sokolow's director and mentor Jim May.
Jim May, as choreographer, will be represented on the program with his 1985 duet Sleeping Bouquet, created to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 in c minor (the only recorded music on the program), performed by Ms. Todesco and Daniel Fetecua, former principal dancer with the Limón Dance Company. In this performance, Todesco fulfills her dream to dance this duet after seeing it at the Limón Institute almost twenty years ago.
Rae Ballard will premiere a dance set to the music of three Portuguese composers: Luiz Costa, Eduardo Burnay, and Alexandre Rey Colaҫo. Ecos de Vales, by Costa, portrays a serene lyricism that evokes his native Minho area resplendent with natural beauty. In contrast, the Fados by Burnay and Colaco capture popular themes and rhythms of Lisbon.
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