Christopher Caines Dance to Premiere New Work
Can't Sleep, Inc., and Philip Sandstrom present CHRISTOPHER CAINES DANCE in the premiere of listen out loud / move to keep things whole, a new one-act ballet set to live music by Pauline Oliveros, Paul Kerekes, and Alison Taylor Cheeseman, and featuring advanced student dancers from New York Theatre Ballet School: together with a guest appearance by members of The Bang Group in works by choreographers David Parker and Amber Sloan and a solo by James Waring. Three performances, Saturday May 18 at 8 PM, Thursday May 23 at 8 PM, and Saturday June 1 at 8 PM at the JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street).
Christopher Caines, called "one of the most musically erudite and articulate dance-makers around" in The New Yorker, will premiere listen out loud / move to keep things whole, which he describes as "a dance about women. 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 meaning of pointe work." Adds the choreographer: "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 is set to music by three composers: 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 urges 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.
Dancers in listen out loud / move to keep things whole are Elisa Toro Franky, Silken Kelly, Mayu Oguri, Jacob Taylor, Amanda Treiber, and Michelle Vargo, joined by students from the New York Theatre Ballet School. Musicians are Alison Taylor Cheesman, mezzo-soprano; Kelley Barnett, flutes; Eric Umble (May 18) and Vicente Alexim (May 23, June 1), clarinets; and Marja Ilic, piano. Lighting design is by Philip Sandstrom; costume design by two-time Tony Award nominee Gregory Gale.
Appearing as guests are The Bang Group in a New York premiere by David Parker, a recent revival by Parker of a work by James Waring, and a new duet by Amber Sloan. Says Caines: "While looking forward to my company's twentieth anniversary next year, I've been looking back too. David Parker and I got our start as choreographers on DTW's Fresh Tracks series in 1992 and have been friends ever since. I'm delighted to share the stage with him again. It's wonderful too that Phil Sandstrom, who designed lighting for us back in '92, joins us for this project."
At the May 18th performance, TBG will present two works: one by James Waring and one by David Parker. By James Waring is his 12 Objects from Tender Buttons, text by Gertrude Stein read by David Parker, danced by Amber Sloan. By Parker is his group dance Running with Scissors, music by Stravinsky, played by Marija Ilic Caine's, musical director since 2000.
At the performances of May 23 and June 1, TBG will repeat James Waring's 12 Objects from Tender Buttons and will premiere David Parker's Assembly Required, a tap-dance realization of Steve Reich's Clapping Music for two men who play the score with their feet while their upper bodies suggest a wary relationship with intermittent glints of romance. Dancers are Jeffrey Kazin and Dylan Baker. On all performances will be the duet Taking Space, a new duet by Amber Sloan, longtime principal dancer with TBG. For this duet, danced by the choreographer and Joshua Tuason, Sloan has limited herself to twenty layered movements, performed in a variety of contexts to create intimacy, conflict, curiosity.
Tickets: in advance $35 (premium); $25 (general); $20 (students with ID/children) at the door $40; $30; $25
Reservations: https://christophercainesdance.brownpapertickets.com or 1.800.838.3006