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Alison Cook Beatty Dance Partners with Award Winning Violinst Shem Guibbory for Artists in Motion 2019 Series- November 2nd through November 10th at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance

Alison Cook Beatty Dance Partners with Award Winning Violinst Shem Guibbory for Artists in Motion 2019 Series- November 2nd through November 10th at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance

Published on October 13, 2019
Photo: Paul B. Goode

Two Word Premieres, Live Music and more

Alison Cook Beatty Dance, an emerging modern dance company based in New York City, is soon to roll out its performance series. Artists In Motion features two world premieres, live music,  numerous guest artists, and combines Artistic Director Alison Cook-Beatty’s interest in using dance to explore the human condition with her drive to create community-centered collaborations with other artists.

In two different programs across four nights, dancers from around the world will join Alison Cook Beatty Dance to present reflections on universal aspects of humanity—such as love in the romantic duet LIFELINE; the struggle to get ahead in BEHIND THE CURVE; and even the very nature of the id, ego, and superego in the pas de trois SEELE.

The company is also pleased to announce an artistic collaboration between company Founder and Artistic Director, Alison Cook-Beatty, and world-renowned violinist, Shem Guibbory, funded by a commission from Charles and Deborah Adelman. The two artistic forces will combine to create a new work based on music composed by Dmitri Shostakovich and Lera Auerbach that will premiere on November 2nd through November 10th at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at the Peridance Dance Center. The modern dance work will feature five company members dancing to Preludes from Shostakovich's 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 34 (1933) and Auerbach's 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 (1999)

"We aspire to reveal the inner stories we hear in the Shostakovich and Auerbach music," explained Alison Cook-Beatty.  "We will depict people very much like ourselves, overcoming their fears, being willing to love and hope, transcending and defeating the tyranny of the totalitarian regimes who seek to control their lives."

Photo: Paul B Goode

Mr. Guibbory will work with Ms. Cook-Beatty and her dancers to facilitate their dynamic rapport with the themes and emotions in the music. He and pianist Susan Sobolewski will also record the Auerbach/Shostakovich music used for these performances. Rehearsals for the new work start on October 19th and are open to members of the media upon request. The new work will be performed on Sunday, November 3rd at 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 9th at 8 p.m.

"Alison wants to put her deep spirit in this choreography, and it is exciting for me to be working with her. We are exploring a number of ways to bring out what many believe to be 'secret messages' Shostakovich embedded in some of his pieces.  Ms. Auerbach—a composer and visual artist living in Brooklyn—has picked up where Shostakovich left off and created some incredibly imaginative music!" explained Mr. Guibbory.  He continued, "I hope that my involvement will help focus attention on Alison and the 11 other guest artists' imaginative work that will be on display during their run."

Award-winning violinist Shem Guibbory

Mr. Guibbory, an award-winning soloist, chamber musician, and creative artist, is the Founder and Artistic Director of Innovative Music Programs. Since 2002 he has developed imaginative musical programs with performers, composers, and visual artists.  Mr. Guibbory is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Alison Cook Beatty Dance was founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Alison Cook-Beatty with the goal of making dance accessible to diverse audiences. Ms. Cook-Beatty has danced with the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, and had her choreography commissioned by Ballet Next, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Infinity Dance, Carolina Ballet Theater, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Artists in Motion will feature Alison Cook Beatty Dance and 11 guest artists. More info and tickets

Photo: Louisa Wa


Saturday, November 2nd, 8:00 p.m. 2019
Alison Cook Beatty Dance (Program A)
Igal Perry / Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Chris Ferris & Dancers

Sunday, November 3rd, 5:00 p.m. 2019
Alison Cook Beatty Dance (Program B)
Junichi Fukuda / Fukudance
Marlene Skog Dance
Alessandra Corona Performing Works- ACPW

Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 p.m. 2019
Alison Cook Beatty Dance (Program B)
Anastasia Ignatova
Ayako Takahashi / Ayalis In Motion
Natalie Flynn / The Fun Dolls

Sunday November 10th, 5:00 p.m. 2019
Alison Cook Beatty Dance (Program A)
Laura Katz Rizzo
Ariel Rivka Dance
Celeste Lanuza / Celeste Lanuza Dance Theatre

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