Friday April 29, 2011 - Down to SoHo this morning to watch choreographer John-Mark Owen putting the finishing touches on a new solo performed by Jesse Marks, a soloist with Colorado Ballet. Kokyat and I met Jesse last year when he appeared with Lydia Johnson Dance here in New York City.
The solo, entitled Sonatae, is set to music of Heinrich Ingaz Franz Biber. It begins with the dancer in a contemplative Narcissus-like pose and then flows into space-covering movement. John-Mark, a choreographer after my own heart for our shared love of Baroque music, shows Jesse off to beaufitul advantage. I really enjoyed seeing Jesse again.
Sonatae will premiere at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in performances on May 6th and 7th when John-Mark's work shares a triple bill with Island Moving Co (from Newport, RI) and Cherylyn Lavagnino. Details here.
Both Jesse Marks and John-Mark Owen will be appearing in Dances Patrelle's GILBERT & SULLIVAN: A Ballet! at Dicapo Opera Theatre May 12th - 15th. Information here. Read about it here.