Above: in the studio with Sarah Atkins, Holly Curran, Traci Finch, and Miro Magloire of New Chamber Ballet
Monday September 15th, 2014 - As Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet prepare for the first performances of this, their tenth anniversary season, I stopped by the DANY studios to see a bit of a preview of the upcoming programmme. The performances are this Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th, at 8:00 PM at the City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street here in Manhattan. Ticket info here.
The evenings will feature three world premieres by Miro Magloire, to music by Mauricio Kagel, Erik Satie, and Ludwig van Beethoven respectively, as well as Constantine Baecher's Happy Dance of the Wild Skeletons, set to music by John Cage. Miro's interestingly intimate trio Tilting and Leaning, to music by Pierre Boulez rounds out the repertoire. The music will be played live by Doori Na (violin) and Melody Fader (piano).
Above: Traci and Sarah
When I arrived at DANY today, Miro was running a rehearsal of his new Beethoven trio, a rondo danced by Sarah Atkins, Holly Curran, and Traci Finch. This fast-paced work makes non-stop demands on the dancers, who ran thru the trio a couple of times, ironing out some minor issues of timing, spacing, and port de bras...
...and sorting out possibilities for a final pose.
Miro went on to show the new solo which he has created on Holly Curran (above). The choreography here is not quite what one might expect for Satie, and Holly worked tirelessly on detailing the movement.
Costume designer Sarah Thea Swafford then arrived for fittings: black for the trio (above) and then, just as I was leaving, Holly stepped out of the dressing room in a mossy-green number that seems perfect for her quirky Satie solo.