Above: Lydia Wellington and David Prottas in a Satellite Ballet rehearsal photo by Kokyat.
Monday October 1, 2012 - This evening at the New York City Ballet studios, Satellite Ballet offered a preview of the two works to be seen at their upcoming performance on November 2nd, 2012 at 8 PM at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street. The ballets are choreographed by Troy Schumacher: the NY premiere of Warehouse under the Hudson, and Epistasis. Both works are accompanied by live music and multimedia projections. You can purchase performance tickets for the November 2nd performance here.
Friends of the Company gathered at the New York City Ballet studios tonight where Troy introduced his collaborators: co-founder and librettist/projection artist Kevin Draper and musical director Nick Jaina. Troy described the Company's creative process and the interaction between the musical, choreographic, literary and visual aspects in mounting the ballets. The librettist provides a narrative framework on which the choreography takes wing, with live music providing yet another facet of the finished performance.
Dancers Lydia Wellington, Emilie Gerrity, David Prottas, Taylor Stanley and Sam Greenberg performed solos and duets from the works to be seen at the November 2nd performance; two other Company dancers - Lauren King and Ashley Laracey - were otherwise engaged this evening. Of course it was wonderful to watch the dancing at close range, and Troy's choreography is both technically and emotionally demanding while at the same time making the dancers look really good.