Saturday, September 12, 2009

60x60 Dance @ Galapagos, NYC (4/7/09) [Bolles/Shapiro]

Music: Marita Bolles
Dance: Laura Shapiro

Marita Bolles is a Chicago composer whose music evokes non-linear narratives and deals with vast distinctions in scale. She is working on a series of vignettes inspired by Italo Calvinoâs Invisible Cities. Bolles is committed to an inquiry into ãnew musicä: its function(s), its ramifications on modernity and what its evolution might be. Hallelujah is for two channel spatialized voice, using two hours of left-over sound sources from composer/tenor Derek Keller. I used this opportunity to make a miniature that is a variation on the original work.

Laura Shapiro is a NYC-based choreographer/performer who has collaborated with many new music and jazz composer/performers. Since the 60x60 format assigns the music to each choreographer, it creatively challenges her to explore themes and styles that she might not otherwise choose. On first listening to Hallelujah, she was reminded of Japanese ghost stories. Then, after reading the composer's notes, and mindful that this week there are both Jewish and Christian holidays, her thoughts turned to religious paintings, and then to films based on Biblical subjects. Many thanks to the performers, and to Pascal, Jeramy and Rob.

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