Miro Magloire, New Chamber Ballet, Constantine Baecher, Lace and Moments
Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in a program of two, as yet untitled, premieres, one by Magloire and one by guest dancer/choreographer Constantine Baecher, formerly with the Royal Danish Ballet, along with Lace and Moments, both by Magloire. February 15 & 16, 8 PM in the City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street.
Guest dancer/choreographer Constantine Baecher was a member of the Royal Danish Ballet from 2003 to 2012, also choreographing dances for that company and for Cross Connection Ballet in Copenhagen. A frequent guest dancer/choreographer with New Chamber Ballet, the Boston native will premiere a new trio in which he will dance with two company members.
Miro will also premiere a new dramatic duet set to music by Rececca Saunders, a young British composer living in Berlin. Among Ms. Saunders many awards are the Busoni Prize of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for composition, and the Paul Hindemith Prize as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. For the 2009-10 season she held the post of composer-in-residence at the Staatskapelle Dresden, and in 2010 she was composer-in-residence at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
From the repertory are two Magloire works: Lace, a women's trio, and Moments, a duet for dancer and violinist. In her review of Lace, Deborah Jowitt noted that "whenever (one dancer) is performing a short solo, the other two sit on the floor in poses that call up images from Greek friezes. Also reminiscent of antique statues: the way they stand with one arm curved over their head. Their calmness is a nice contrast to the intricacies of the solos and Berio's virtuosic Sequenza VIII for solo violin, which at times suggests an attack of gnats." (Village Voice, February 2010). Moments, while billed as a solo, is actually a duet for dancer and violinist, performing Salvatore Sciarrino's score on stage, alongside the dancer. The musician's gestures, the whispering of the strings, and the dancer's movements blend to form an intimate, rhapsodic duet for violin and dance.