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City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street



Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00pm daily through September 23, 2017


Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23 at 8 PM
City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street
Tickets: $29; $16 for students/seniors
Reservations: 212.868.4444  or

Dancers: Sarah Atkins, Elizabeth Brown, Kristine Butler, Traci Finch, Amber Neff
Musicians:  Melody Fader, piano      Doori Na, violin

For the opening performances of their 2017-18 season, choreographer Miro Magloire will present his New Chamber Ballet in the world premiere of a work to J.S. Bach's prelude and fugue in F sharp Minor, September 22 & 23, 8 PM, in City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street.   The new work was commissioned by Richard and Leslie Curtis.   Known for his daring choices and extensive background in music, Magloire will also present his ensemble in repertory works by Mozart, Berio, Beat Furrer, and Magloire himself.

In the trio Lace, 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 violin, which at times suggests an attack of gnats."  (Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice, February 18, 2010) 

Miro created the duet Voicelessness to a score by contemporary Swiss born composer Beat Furrer, created for piano and subtitled "The snow has no voice."   August saw the world premiere in Switzerland of Furrer's "Sei Voce" based on a text written for Claudio Monteverdi and intended to be the finale of his "Orfeo."  As a conductor, Furrer recently led the London Sinfonietta in concert.

Magloire's 2010 work 104 Farenheit is danced to an original score by the choreographer.  A native of Munich, Miro started his career as a composer, studying under Mauricio Kagel at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.   Each of the three dancers in this work "have solos which express the effects of summer heat - from languid to frenzied.  Pianist Melody Fader turns the demanding score into a tour de force."  (Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove, 2010).

Completing the program is Amity, premiered earlier this year and commissioned by Ed Petrou in memory of Rachel Petrou.  Danced to Mozart's violin sonata in C major, a quartet of dancers weave and unweave in kaleidoscopic formations in a ballet that ranges from solemnly slow to lightning fast.


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