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World Premiere of VIA-commissioned "Capture / Release"

World Premiere of VIA-commissioned "Capture / Release"


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 1:00am

A Celebration in Honor of Lar Lubovitch



Featuring performances by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company,
conductor Ransom Wilson and his ensemble Le Train Bleu,
Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Cornelius Dufallo (violin),
Helga Davis (vocals) and Pablo Rieppi and Ian David Rosenbaum (percussion)

Co-presented by LMCC, Pace University, VisionIntoArt, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
as part of the River To River Festival 2013

Paola Prestini, in addition to being among the “Top Composers in the World under 40” (National Public Radio), is an exceptionally omnivorous commissioner, producer and curator of new work—her own and that of various other artists. Her company VisionIntoArt (VIA) kicks off its most robust New York season to date with the VIA-commissioned and -produced Capture / Release: A Celebration in Honor of Lar Lubovitch. LMCC, Pace University, VIA and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company co-present the work June 25, 7:30pm at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (3 Spruce Street) as part of River To River Festival 2013. The evening is free and open to the public.

Conductor Ransom Wilson, his ensemble Le Train Bleu, and special guests including Helga Davis (vocals), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) and Pablo Rieppi and Ian David Rosenbaum (percussion), will perform compositions by Andy Akiho, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Paola Prestini and Daniel Wohl. The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performs choreography by Lubovitch and by company member Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Capture / Release honors the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s 45th anniversary and Lubovitch’s 50th year in dance.

The design team includes S. Katy Tucker (projection), Bruce Steinberg (lighting), Garth MacAleavey (sound) and Reid Bartelme (costumes).

Capture / Release consists of:

  • As Sleep Befell, a Paola Prestini composition for which she has now, through VIA, commissioned choreography by Lar Lubovitch with additional support from his company. The performance, which marks the world premiere of the choreography, features LLDC dancers Jonathan E. Alsberry, Anthony Bocconi, Tobin Del Cuore, Oliver Greene- Cramer, Reed Luplau and Jamal White, and musicians Helga Davis (vocals), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Jack Stulz (viola), Jeffrey Zeigler and Colin Stokes (cellos), Alexey Gorokhominsky (clarinet) and Pablo Rieppi (percussion). Ransom Wilson conducts. As Sleep Befell is inspired by the adhan, both a Middle Eastern call to prayer sung by muezzin to summon people to the mosque and a song that Islamic fathers sing to their newborns.
  • Andy Akiho’s LIgNEouS 1 for Marimba and String Quartet, which re-imagines the marimba through a woody assemblage of headless mallets. Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Cornelius Dufallo and Sami Merdinian (violins), Jack Stulz (viola) and Colin Stokes (cello) will perform the music.
  • Lar Lubovitch’s Crisis Variations (with music by composer Yevgeniy Sharlat), an award-winning and chillingly psychological work that the choreographer describes as an “action painting.” Le Train Bleu, conducted by Ransom Wilson, will perform the music, a suite for five players based on Franz Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes” for piano. The dance will feature Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Brian McGinnis, Jonathan E. Alsberry, Anthony Bocconi, Nicole Corea, Reed Luplau and Laura Rutledge of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
  • Capture / Release, a world premiere commissioned by VisionIntoArt for the River To River Festival. The piece, composed by Daniel Wohl, explores the concept of music captured and dance released. Musicians, conducted by Ransom Wilson, will include Sami Merdinian and Cornelius Dufallo (violins), Jack Stulz (viola), Colin Stokes (cello), Brian Ellingsen (double bass), James Johnston (keyboard) and Ian Rosenbaum (percussion) will perform the music.
  • Listen, Quiet, by composer Paola Prestini, with new (world premiere) choreography by Katarzyna Skarpetowska commissioned by VisionIntoArt with support from the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. The performance—featuring Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Pablo Rieppi (percussion), Kataryzyna Skarpetowska (typewriter) and Nicole Corea and Reed Luplau of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company—consists of two parts. Listen uses pre-recorded private conversations between a friend and an artist. Through their recorded dialogue, it is slowly revealed that the cyclical nature of emotional pain and organic elements of nature mirror the cyclical happenings of everyday life. The voices, combined with the cellist as narrator and percussionist as the driving life force, journey through a frenzied soundscape to the calm quietude of their surroundings. Quiet is a mother’s hymn of childhood memories. The piece tells a story of magic and the memories that shape us.

The evening marks a return to River To River Festival by VIA, following last year’s acclaimed premiere of Prestini’s Oceanic Verses. VIA also appears in this year’s festival with Anna Clyne’s VIA-commissioned Violin (July 9 at Federal Hall), a co-presentation with Original Music Workshop (OMW), the heralded Brooklyn new music venue of which Prestini is Creative Director.


VisionIntoArt (VIA) is a non-profit new music and interdisciplinary production company that creates and develops new work. With the belief that collaboration sustains artistic innovation, VIA creates and commissions works that involve various disciplines, presented around the world for the general audience, and forged from the most exciting emerging and established artists living today.

Established in 1999, VIA was co-founded by Paola Prestini, a composer herself, who wanted to develop a broader platform for the commissioning of new music-driven interdisciplinary work. By supporting new works that brim with artistic and intellectual virtuosity, VIA gives voice to the foremost emerging and established composers and their collaborators. By developing their works through collaboration—through commissions, marketing, contracting, web presence—VIA is creating a successful model for artists to thrive in the 21st century musical ecology while simultaneously cultivating their visions into art.

To date, the company has commissioned, developed, and/or produced more than 50 projects by composers Osvaldo Golijov, John Luther Adams, Daniel Wohl, Anna Clyne, David T. Little and Paola Prestini, among others. http://www.visionintoart.com/

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was founded by Lar Lubovitch in 1968 and is now celebrating its 45th anniversary with a national tour as well as a two-week season at the Joyce Theater (October 8-20, 2013). The company has gained a reputation as one of the world’s foremost modern dance companies, having performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 40 foreign countries. www.Lubovitch.org.

The annual River To River Festival is produced by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, and South Street Seaport.

LMCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture since 1973, presenting cultural events in Manhattan, advocating for artists and the arts, and working in partnerships to improve the quality of life for the New York City’s workers, residents, and visitors.

River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters. www.RiverToRiverNYC.com

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture since 1973 dedicated to presenting cultural experiences Downtown, making Manhattan a thriving center of arts activity with relevance to the arts community worldwide, and working in partnership to improve the quality of life for the New York City’s artists, workers, residents, and visitors. http://lmcc.net

Pace University is located one block east of City Hall and immediately adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts regularly hosts academic and community events in addition to its yearly schedule of cultural activities.

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