L.A. Dance Project, which gave its inaugural performances at Disney Hall in Los Angeles this past September, will make its Peak Performance debut, tonight, October 25-28, with a program of classic works by two of the greatest dance innovators of their generations, William Forsythe ("Quintett") and Merce Cunningham ("Winterbranch"), and the local premiere of "Moving Parts" by L.A. Dance Project's Founding Director Benjamin Millepied.
"Quintett" presents a seamless flow of duets, solos and trios performed in counterpoint to Gavin Bryars' score (Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet). The 26-minute dance, which embodies the music's themes of loss, hope and fear concludes with a torrent of joyous movement. Like each of the evening's works, the dance engages the full company: Frances Chiaverini, Julia Eichten, Charlie Hodges, Morgan Lugo, Nathan Makolandra, and Amanda Wells.
Merce Cunningham's "Winterbranch" still sends the same shock waves through its audience as it did at its 1964 world premiere almost fifty years ago. Based on the "facts" of falling and rising, the mostly dark dance is set to La Monte Young's "2 Sounds," consisting of "the sound of ashtrays scraped against a mirror, and the other, that of pieces of wood rubbed against a Chinese gong." The lights, décor, and costumes are by Cunningham's long-time collaborator, the late Robert Rauschenberg.
Twenty-seven minutes in length, "Moving Parts" is set to music by Millepied's close collaborator Nico Muhly. The visual installation is by Christopher Wool. The costumes are by Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and the lighting is by RodeRick Murray.
There will be a Community Conversation with Benjamin Millepied following the Saturday evening performance.
October 25 @ 7:30 pm
October 26 @ 7:30 pm
October 27 @ 8:00 pm
October 28 @ 3:00 pm
The Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University is located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07043. Tickets are $15, and are available at the box office, www.peakperfs.org, or by calling 973-655-5112.
Charter bus service is provided from New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal – arcade on 41st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues – to the Alexander Kasser Theater ($10 per person, roundtrip) for all Saturday and Sunday performances. Bus reservations may be made by calling 973-655-5112 or by visiting www.peakperfs.org. For train service, available only on weekdays, go online to www.njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.
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