Works by Miro Magloire & Constantine Baecher
New Chamber Ballet
WORKS BY MIRO MAGLOIRE AND CONSTANTINE BAECHER, FEBRUARY 6 & 7
Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7 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, Amber Neff
Musicians: Melody Fader, piano Doori Na, violin
New Chamber Ballet returns to City Center Studio 5 with a program of works by choreographer-in-residence Constantine Baecher and company director Miro Magloire, including a Magloire premiere, February 6 & 7 at 8 PM.
Following the premiere of Constantine Baecher's Viduity, Claudia La Rocco found the quartet "...a ballet made for sinking into, and Mr. Baecher is a welcome new voice." (The New York Times, September 24, 2007). The choreographer remarked on his inspiration: "It has been my aim to create a serene and meditative space, which invokes a sense of quiet mourning. Though the title refers to the loss of a spouse, all of us have lost something or someone that brings into question the choices we've made in our lives. It is that questioning which I imagine going on inside the four dancers of Viduity." Baecher, an American dancer who was a nine-year member of the Royal Danish Ballet, set his work to Leos Janacek's Piano Sonata 1.
Miro Magloire will present a new ballet, a reworking of Entangled, which was premiered last November. The trio is set to Paganini's Caprices for violin Nos 2, 4, 5, 6, 19.
Magloire's trio Allegretto, Innocente borrows its title from one of the Haydn Sonatas that accompanies the work, and translates to "jovial and innocent." Reviewing in the Village Voice, Deborah Jowitt noted that "Magloire, born in Munich and trained as a composer under Mauricio Kagel, switched his attention to dance when he moved to the States...The choreography doesn't adhere rigidly to the music that accompanies it - sometimes floating easily on the surface, something diving beneath the waves - but Magloire's musicality is evident." (February 2010)
The program will see a repeat of Magloire's 2014 Raw, set to music by Mauricio Kagel, the choreographer's teacher when he studied music composition at Musikhochschule in Cologne. Critic Kathryn Turney, writing in stagebuddy.com, (September 2014) found that the duet "explores the use of another's body to move and is ripe with intricate partnering and eye-catching imagery." Philip Gardner remarked that "Much praise is due pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na, who perform the often complex scores that Miro likes to use with a high level of musicality. Exceptional was their performance of Kagel's Klangwolfe for the ballet Raw." (September 19, 2014)
Photo by Tom Caravaglia