FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIRO MAGLOIRE'S NEW CHAMBER BALLET CONTINUES 2008-09 PERFORMANCE SERIES AT CITY CENTER STUDIOS
Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd at 8pm
City Center Studio 4, 130 West 56 Street, 4th floor
Tickets: $20; $10 for students & seniors
Reservations: Smarttix 212/868-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Dancers: Emily SoRelle Adams, Elizabeth Brown, Madeline Deavenport, Emery LeCrone
Musician: Erik Carlson, violin, and Victoria Tzotzkova, piano
New Chamber Ballet will return to City Center Studio 4 with a program of works by director Miro Magloire, including the premiere of a women's trio to the exquisite Four Romantic Pieces for violin and piano by Dvorak, November 22 & 23.
A native of Munich, Magloire began his career as a musician, studying classical composition at the Cologne Conservatory, and later turning to dance. Recognized for his taste, exceptional musicality and music choices, and his refined aesthetic, Magloire was the subject of a full page Sunday New York Times feature by Claudia LaRocco, who described him as "a bright, methodical man ... the quintessential self-made man, who comes to New York with a quixotic dream and puts in the hours necessary to see it through to a humble but vibrant reality, one that is still evolving." (June 22, 2008) Lisa Jo Sagolla called the company's most recent concert "a remarkably sophisticated program of serious choreography set to challenging experimental music." (Backstage, April 17, 2008)
The performances of November 22 & 23 will feature an all-Magloire program, including the premiere of a new women's trio to music by Dvorak.
For another women's trio, Dreams, Magloire broke his own rule of never creating a dance without music. Dreams is accompanied by only the "...clicking, hissing and clucking sounds emitted in silence by the dancers (which) does indeed possess a dreamlike atmosphere." (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times, July 1, 2008)
Sonatine is a solo for Maddie Deavenport that is "marked by handsome contrasts: dancing and walking, lower and upper body, looking one way while proceeding the other." (Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, September 8, 2008) The dance is set to the Sonatine for violin and piano by Karlheinz Stockhausen, a composer whom Magloire idolized as a youngster. "Many of my own music compositions from that time bear a suspicious resemblance to Stockhausen's music," admits Magloire, "and I vividly remember writing him letters asking for guidance." Only last year Magloire connected again with Stockhausen, asking for permission to use his music for a ballet as an 80th birthday tribute to the composer. Stockhausen agreed immediately and even suggested selections that might be best suited for dance. Shortly thereafter, the composer died suddenly at the age of 79, and what was to have been an 80th birthday tribute became a memorial.
Completing the program will be Silent Shadows, set to music by the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). Scelsi, a reclusive nobleman (he was the count of Alaya Valva), was infatuated with Eastern spirituality and wrote music often consisting of minute, continuous transitions, concentrating on only one or two notes.
In the absence of NCB's resident pianist Melody Fader, the company welcomes Bulgarian-born pianist and music theorist Victoria Tzotzkova, who has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in Europe and America, notably at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the Tsai Performance Center in Boston, Salle Cortot in Paris, Salle des Colonnes de Fontainebleau, France, Barocksaal Engelberg in Switzerland, and prestigious venues in Bulgaria. At international festivals and masterclasses, Ms. Tzotzkova has worked with Alexis Weissenberg, Philippe Entremont, Peter Takacs and other world famous artists.
The season will continue with performances on February 7 & 8 and March 27 & 28.