MIRO MAGLOIRE'S NEW CHAMBER BALLET in works by MAGLOIRE AND CONSTANTINE BAECHER
New Chamber Ballet
MIRO MAGLOIRE'S NEW CHAMBER BALLET
in works by MAGLOIRE AND CONSTANTINE BAECHER
Friday & Saturday, November 20 & 21 at 8 PM
City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street
Tickets: $29; $16 for students & seniors
Reservations: 212.868.4444 or www.smarttix.com
Dancers: Sarah Atkins, Elizabeth Brown, Holly Curran, Traci Finch, Cassidy Hall, Amber Neff
Musicians: Taka Kigawa, piano. Doori Na, violin
Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in an evening of works by Magloire, including the world premiere of a Magloire work to music by Beat Furrer, and the company's resident choreographer Constantine Baecher. Music goes hand in hand with the dance in concerts by Magloire, who is also a composer/pianist, and the November program features ballets to music by Bach, Mozart, Richard Carrick, Friedrich Cerha, and a new score by Furrer.
The Company performs regularly in the City Center Studio 5, and has also recently appeared at the opening ceremony of Pritzker-Prize-winning architect SANAA's new building at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT, followed by three sold-out performances at the Tahoe Art Haus in Lake Tahoe, California. Magloire has created the choreography for playwright Richard Curtis' "The Tutu Trilogy," presented in November in NYC, and early January finds Magloire choreographing "Aida" for the Sarasota Opera. In February, the choreographer will create a new work for the Periapsis Music and Dance Company, to be premiered in NYC in February 2016.
Magloire will premiere a "dark, quiet" duet, according to the choreographer, to Beat Furrer's Voicelessness for solo piano. The composer, born in Switzerland in 1954, received his musical training at home and in Vienna. He has composed several operas, which have been performed in Vienna, Switzerland, and Germany, and is recipient of numerous awards, including the Music Prize of the City of Vienna, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2006, and the Great Austrian State Prize in 2014. Furrer is well known for his nuanced exploration of the human voice and its relationship to instrumental sound.
The program will see the premiere of a full version of Gravity, excerpted at the September season. An abstract trio for Elizabeth, Traci, and Cassidy, the dance is set to "Six Pieces for Violin" by Austrian composer Friedrich Cerha, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in February.
By Constantine Baecher, the company's resident choreographer, is his offbeat, unpredictable Mozart Trio, in which the performers verbally describe their feelings during the dance. A native of Massachusetts, Baecher was a nine-year member of the Royal Danish Ballet, and is director of his own dance company in Copenhagen.
The program will be completed by two Magloire works: The Other Woman and Friction.
Philip Gardner found The Other Woman to be "one of (Magloire's) finest works to date. Set to Bach's B-minor sonata, this ballet about duplicity and its resulting emotional impact on the personalities involved struck close to home. (Oberon's Grove, November, 2012) Patrick Kennedy, reviewing in www.broadwayworld.com, found the music "an uncannily good fit for the atmosphere of propriety, alienation, and quiet menace that surrounds the entire piece."
The company will repeat Magloire's Friction, set to a composition for solo violin by contemporary composer Richard Carrick. Commissioned by the Center for Faith and Work, New York City, through an Artist Residency, the duet depicts an increasingly intense and aggressive confrontation between two people.
New company dancer CASSIDY HALL studied in her native Pennsylvania and at SAB before joining Pennsylvania Ballet II, where she performed in works by Balanchine, Wheeldon and Petipa. Cassidy moved to NYC earlier this year; this is her first season with New Chamber Ballet.
Critcally acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA has earned international recognition since winning First Prize in the 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain. The Buenos Aires La Nacion pronounced the native of Japan "...a stupendous virtuoso," and his NYC recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year in The New York Times.
New Chamber Ballet's City Center Studio performances are made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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