Dancer Josh Christopher (above) takes a central role in John-Mark Owen's REQUIEM.
Wednesday August 29, 2012 - Today I went over to the 92nd Street Y where choreographer John-Mark Owen was rehearsing for his upcoming presentation of REQUIEM. The performances are scheduled for September 13th thru 15th at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Ticket information here.
Taking on the Mozart REQUIEM from a choreographic standpoint is a major project, and John-Mark has risen to the task in this ensemble work which avoids a literal interpretation of the sacred texts and favours instead a painterly approach. Each 'frame' of the ballet becomes part of a living gallery; John-Mark applies a dramatic subtext but he isn't a slave to it. The sculptural feeling of certain passages, as well as the unison 'choral' phrases of walking or marching, respond to the architecture of the music with its sense of ritual.
John-Mark has assembled a strong cast, with particularly vivid performances by Aaron Mattocks (above) as a sinister and even brutal dark angel...
...and the intense lyricism of John Christopher (above). Kerry Shea and Amy Brandt have the principal female roles.
Here are some images from the rehearsal and of the individual dancers involved:
Josh Christopher and John-Mark Owen
Aaron Mattocks, Amy Brandt
Josh Christopher, Aaron Mattocks
Jason Stotz, Nadezhna Vostrikov
JoVonna Parks, Oisin Monaghan
Kristen Deiss, Kelsey Coventry
Kelsey Coventry, Jason Stotz
Oisin Monaghan, Matt Van