Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet returns to the Mark Morris Dance Center, June 30 and July 1, with a repeat performance of the 2021 Sea. The lyrical work, premiered two years ago, is set to music by contemporary composer Richard Carrick.
As New York woke up from its performing arts covid hiatus, New Chamber Ballet premiered Sea, a quintet choreographed by German-born Miro Magloire to The Mill, Preludes for piano, Danga, and In Flow for solo violin by Richard Carrick. At the time, the ballet was simply billed as “inspired by the movement of waves in the water...and the joy of dancing together”. In reality it was more than that. Sea has brought a new quality to New Chamber Ballet's work: the dancers perform the entire hour-long piece as an ensemble - dancing as a group in overlapping patterns and trading the lead roles every few moments. The quintet is a tour-de-force of concentration and stamina.
The music consists of four works by Carrick, three of which were commissioned by New Chamber Ballet over the years. The result is a whirlwind of melodic and rhythmic impressions, many of them alluding to ancient sites around the globe, described by the composer as “a travelogue of haunting places”. Miro's choreography responds with lilting movements that not only evoke water - an effect enhanced by Sarah Thea Craig's floating blue costumes - but surprise the eye with their rhythmic complexity.
Performers include the dancers Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Nicole McGinnis, Amber Neff, and Rachele Perla; as well as Doori Na (violin) and Melody Fader (piano).
“Miro Magloire devises ingenious chamber works, focused on the intimate interaction of music and movement, paired with carefully chosen pieces that are played live by pianist and violinist.” - The New Yorker
This performance is supported by the Amphion Foundation, as well as by Dance/NYC's Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund: New York State Edition, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. Richard Carrick's score for Sea was commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Date and Time: Fri June 30 and Sat July 1, at 7:30pm
Location: James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)