Above: dancers from Columbia Ballet Collaborative rehearsing a new Miro Magloire ballet; the girls are Vanessa van Deusen, Shoshana Rosenfield, Alyssa Hubbard, and Morgan Caglianone
Sunday March 29th, 2015 - This evening I stopped in at Barnard College where Miro Magloire, artistic director of New Chamber Ballet, is creating a new work for Columbia Ballet Collaborative's upcoming performances - a matinee and an evening show at The Miller Theater, Columbia University on Saturday April 18th, 2015.
Above: violinist Pala Garcia, Miro Magloire
A nice, relaxed atmosphere in the studio this evening; the dancers were experimenting with a seated back-to-back formation from which Miro wanted them to rise...
...this produced some mirth from the girls, but eventually they figured out how to make it work.
There was also an attempt to cover their neighbor's mouth or eyes by feeling: more levity. But again it soon was absorbed into the dance.
Miro later had them draw into a Matisse-like circular formation, moving faster and faster.
There are fleeting partnered passages (Morgan and Alyssa, above)...
...and reflective moments where the girls sit, each in her own dreamy world (Vanessa, above).
As the rehearsal was drawing to a close, Shoshana Rosenfield (above) breezed thru a beautiful solo passage, full of swift, lyrical turns.
For the Spring 2015 season, Columbia Ballet Collaborative welcomes new ballets by five choreographers: Charles Askegard, former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet and co-founder of Ballet Next; Roya Carreras, graduate of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts and dancer with Danielle Russo Dance Company (NYC); Serena Mackool, senior at the School of General Studies and former dancer with Tulsa Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and Proyectos en Movimiento; Miro Magloire, founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet; and Katya Vasilaky, Postdoctoral Earth Institute Research Fellow at Columbia University and former dancer with San Francisco Ballet. CBC is also proud to present selections from George Balanchine’s Who Cares?.
Tickets will be $10 with a Columbia University ID, $15 with a non-Columbia University student ID, and $22 for general admission. They are available for purchase via these links: