Tales of Hopper (2019)|
Tales of Hopper is the fruit of a collaboration between choreographer Cherylyn Lavagnino and composer Martin Bresnick inspired by the work of American painter Edward Hopper. This theater-dance work casts the dancers as figures plucked from selected Hopper paintings, illuminating human connections through gestural movement steeped in subtext, as Bresnicks original composition for piano, violin, and cello brings emotional undercurrents to the surface. Transparent set pieces reference Hoppers environments, contextualizing each of the eight vignettes as they unfold. Tales of Hopper marks a departure for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, asking each of the dancers to step into the new roles of actor and collaborator in the companys most character-driven work to date.
Lavagnino's newest work is a mastery of collaboration with world-renowned artists including composer Martin Bresnick, pianist Lisa Moore, violinist Elly Toyoda, cellist Ashley Bathgate, set designer Jesse Segers, and costumer Christopher Metzger. CLD performing artists include Sharon Milanese, Kristen Foote, Claire Westby, Justin Faircloth, Corinne Hart, Lila Simmons, Emma Pajewski, Philip Strom, Dervla Carey Jones, Gwen Gussman, Oscar Rodriguez, and Malcolm Miles Young.
This full evening of work also includes performances of:
Triptych links two distinct movements featuring Baroque composer, François Couperins, Troisième Leçons à deux voix and an original score by Scott Killian. Inspired by the distinct qualities of these scores, Lavagnino has developed a movement lexicon with a sense of quiet beauty and reverence. The contrasting second movement utilizes the pointe shoe in a weighted, stilted manner shaping a metaphor to express deep spiritual struggle.
Veiled, a work for a female cast of six, explores the enactment of physical and internal grace in the face of oppression. Lavagnino choreographed movements that are pared-down and stripped of virtuosity, invoking the harsh angles of rituals and formal prayer. Together the dancers forge a rite born of shared experiences that unifies the individual spirits of the group. To Martin Bresnicks austere score, Veiled reflects women who carry themselves with strength and dignity through an unjust world.
Mary Flagler Cary Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (View)
450 West 37th St.
New York, NY 10018
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