Program
GRACE ENGINE  
TUPLET  
NECESSITY, AGAIN   


GRACE ENGINE
World Première January 31, 2012, by Cedar Lake
La Maison de la Danse, Lyon France

Choreography Crystal Pite
Lighting Design Jim French
Costume Design Nancy Haeyung Bae
Music Owen Belton


CAST: Billy Bell, Jon Bond, Nickemil Concepcion, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Jason Kittelberger, Joseph Kudra, Navarra Novy-Williams, Matthew Rich, Ida Saki, Joaquim de Santana, Acacia Schachte, Rachelle Scott, Ebony Williams, Jin Young Won and Madeline Wong

In Grace Engine, Crystal Pite’s latest work for Cedar Lake (Pite’s Ten Duets On A Theme Of Rescue premièred with the company in 2008), the choreographer continues her exploration of the familiar storylines that connect mankind.  Pite positions and frames these narrative elements within her choreographic language.

The human experience is a series of moments along a timeline. Although elastic, time is a powerful locomotive. It is this pressure and inevitability that propels Pite’s creation. The dancing contains flashes of recognizable narrative, as if the body itself is a cinematic device, capable of jump cuts, flashbacks and montage.

TUPLET
World Première January 31, 2012, by Cedar Lake
La Maison de la Danse, Lyon France

Choreography Alexander Ekman
Lighting Design Amith A. Chandrashaker
Costume Design Nancy Haeyung Bae
Music Mikael Karlsson
Victor Feldman, “Fly Me To The Moon” from the album “Jazz at Ronnie Scotts”


CAST: Jon Bond, Nickemil Concepcion, Navarra Novy-Williams, Matthew Rich, Joaquim de Santana and Ebony Williams

Tuplet is a swift, pulsating 18-minute tour de force for six dancers. Utilizing a score created in collaboration with the dancers’ own rhythmic impulses and employing their individual bodies as percussion instruments, the soundscape is integrated with original electronic music composed by Mikael Karlsson. “I’m attempting to find a fraction of an answer to an extremely large question: What is rhythm? In my world of music and dance this theme is a huge challenge and continual exploration for me. ‘Tuplet’ endeavors to understand a small fragment of this quest,” Ekman says.

NECESSITY, AGAIN
World Première May 22, 2012, by Cedar Lake
The Joyce Theater, New York City

Choreography Jo Strømgren
Lighting Design Jim French/Jo Strømgren
Costume Design Junghyun Georgia Lee
Set Design Jo Strømgren
Music Charles Aznavour, with text by Jacques Derrida; additional music by Bergmund Skaslien


“Que C’est Triste Venise”: French Text by François Dorin; Music by Charles Aznavour © Copyright 1965 (Renewed) Editions Musicales Charles Aznavour, Paris, France.TRO-Hampshire House Publishing Corp.,New York, controls all publication rights for the U.S.A. and Canada. Used by Permission.

“La Mamma”: Original French Text by Robert Gall; Music by Charles Aznavour © Copyright 1964 (Renewed) Editions Musicales Charles Aznavour, Paris, France,TRO-Hampshire House Publishing Corp., New York, controls all publications rights for the U.S.A. and Canada. Used by Permission.

CAST: Billy Bell, Nickemil Concepcion, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Guillaume Quéau, Ida Saki, Joaquim de Santana, Acacia Schachte, Joseph Kudra, Jin Young Won and Madeline Wong

“The necessity to formulate everything in words, even the theme of necessity itself, is possibly a disease of our time. This piece is homage to the free space between the words – to the moments when we just want to be emotional and not rational. It’s a dance piece, for everything it’s worth,” asserts the choreographer.

meridia