German-born choreographer Miro Magloire opens his New Chamber Ballet's 2023-24 season with four dances set to music by Maurice Ravel, Pierre Boulez, and contemporary composers Beat Furrer, and Wong Foo Jeng, on September 22 & 23, 7:30 PM, at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn.
In A Simple Black Dress, originally premiered in 2010 to celebrate Pierre Boulez's 85th birthday, is set to the composer’s virtuoso violin solo Anthèmes. The mysterious quality of the dance comes from the dancer wearing only one pointe shoe, an imbalance that results in a dynamically off-kilter experience for the performer.
The somber duet Voicelessness is set to music by Swiss composer Beat Furrer. “Voicelessness is heavy,” reviewer Melanie Brown said about the ballet’s 2015 premiere, “but smoothly choreographed. [The dancers] are joined near constantly, performing demanding partner work that borders on acrobatic, and doing it seamlessly.” (Stagebudy.com)
Djazz is a whirlwind ballet to music by Maurice Ravel. In a review of its 2016 premiere, Juan Michael Porter called it “a resounding success. Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 has never sounded or looked so good... Mr. Magloire is an absolute magician when it comes to trios... Add this piece to your must see list; it is definitely a gem.” (Broadwayworld.com)
The program is completed by Azalea, premiered earlier this year and set to axis/to imagine for violin and piano by New York-based contemporary Malaysian composer Wong Foo Jeng.
Performers include the dancers Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Nicole McGinnis, Amber Neff, Rachele Perla, and Kayla Schmitt; 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.
Date and Time: Friday, September 22th and Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30 PM
Location: James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217