THIS WEEK - RALPH LEE and MIRO MAGLOIRE
Magloire's New Chamber Ballet + Lee's Mettawee River Theatre CompanyTHIS WEEK - DANCE & THEATER
MIRO MAGLOIRE'S NEW CHAMBER BALLET
Friday & Saturday, September 6 & 7 at 8 PM
City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street
Five Magloire ballets, including the premiere of "Oracle," in which the dancers create the music by wearing ankle rattles. Dancers are Sarah Atkins, Elizabeth Brown, Holly Curran, Traci Finch, and Amber Neff. The compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Rebecca Saunders will be performed live by pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na. Later in the month the company will travel to Cologne and Dortmund, Germany for its first international performances.
RALPH LEE'S METTAWEE RIVER THEATRE COMPANY
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, September 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM
Outdoor Garden of St. John the Divine, 111th Street & Amsterdam Avenue (down the path into the garden)
Ralph Lee's fantastic giant figures, puppets and masks are used to bring to life "Taliesin," whose story comes from a medieval Welsh tale of sorcery and court intrigue, in which the power of inspiration is accidentally bestowed on an unlikely kid who can suddenly see beyond everyday reality, becoming "taliesin" ("radiant brow").
Singer/actor/puppet handlers are led by company veteran Rob McFadyen; choreography is by Hilary Eaton; script is by poet/playwright Robert Bagg; original music by Neal Kirkwood will be performed live by Ed RosenBerg on saxophone, clarinet, and hammered dulcimer. Mettawee River Theatre Company was described by Ross Wetzsteon as "...a theatre that spins gold from straw." Director Ralph Lee has been recognized for his work with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, a Bessie Award, a New York State Governor's Arts Award, two citations for Excellence from UNIMA (the international puppetry organization), an Obie (for founding and directing the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade), and more.