MorDance at the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival
MorDance, a trailblazing and female-led ballet company that champions artistry and challenges tradition through original collaborative works committed to providing access to dance performance and education, is performing On the Waterfront at the 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival, which is available for in-person and live-streamed viewing, on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00pm EST.
Choreographer Morgan McEwen highlights the symbolic relationship between dance and music in this tribute to the composer Leonard Bernstein. The score, stark and yet lively, is a concert suite that Bernstein composed for a movie also titled On the Waterfront in 1954. He was allegedly reported to be frustrated with the manipulation and deletion of various parts of the scene in story in the final product of the film, exemplifying two art forms hindering the expression of one another. However, in her work, McEwen draws attention to the harmony between movement and sound, giving retribution to the unity between art forms which Bernstein craved.
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