CHRISTOPHER CAINES DANCE: listen out loud / move to keep things whole
"One of the most musically erudite and articulate dance-makers around."The New Yorker
CHRISTOPHER CAINES DANCE premieres "listen out loud / move to keep things whole" by artistic director Christopher Caines, created for his company of six and featuring advanced students aged 9 to 11 from the New York Theatre Ballet School.
Says Caines, "In this fraught moment between the sexes in our society, I feel drawn to re-examine conceptions of women as dancers, femininity, the iconic image of the ballerina, the musical and symbolic meanings of pointe work. This dance celebrates especially the women in my company, together with outstanding young dancers from one of New York City's finest ballet schools. Together we explore themes of girlhood aspiring to womanhood; blindness and insight; women's intimacies and solitude; partnering with men, and without. I seek to highlight the dancers' power, their brave vulnerability, their everyday heroism--how, in words by the poet Mark Strand that inspired one of the ballet's musical scores, dancers always "move to keep things whole."
The ballet includes two scores by Pauline Oliveros, a gentle matriarch of American experimental music: one of her "Sonic Meditations" (performed by the dancers), and her "Tuning Meditation" (sung by the audience), in which the composer asks us to "listen out loud." A commissioned score, "Four Sonnets," by singer Alison Taylor Cheeseman, sets poems from across five centuries by and about women; while three chamber works by composer Paul Kerekes showcase his signature juxtaposition of fiercely syncopated rhythms with pools of suspended tranquility.
The program also includes a guest appearance by The Bang Group, in a New York premiere by David Parker, a recent revival by James Waring, and a new duet by Amber Sloan with dancer Joshua Tuason. Says Caines, "Looking forward to my company's twentieth anniversary next year, I've been looking back too. David Parker and I got a start as choreographers on Dance Theater Workshop's Fresh Tracks series in 1992 and have been friends and colleagues ever since. I'm delighted to share the stage with him again, and with his longtime leading female soloist, Amber Sloan, who I have admired for years."
MUSIC by Pauline Oliveros, Paul Kerekes, and Alison Taylor Cheeseman (commissioned score)
DANCERS: Elisa Toro Franky, Silken Kelly, Mayu Oguri, Jacob Taylor, Amanda Treiber, and Michelle Vargo
With students from the New York Theatre Ballet School: Charlotte Anub, Clara Rodrigues-Cheung (May 18, June 1), Aaliyah Diaz, Madeline Goodwin, Alexa Hen, Emely Rivas, and Keilany Rivera
MUSICIANS: Alison Taylor Cheeseman, mezzo-soprano; Kelley Barnett, flutes; Eric Umble (May 18) & Vicente Alexim (May 23, June 1), clarinets; Marija Ilic, piano
Lighting design by Philip Sandstrom
Costume design by two-time Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale
Produced by Can't Sleep, Inc. and Philip Sandstrom
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (View)
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