A DANCER'S DREAM: TWO WORKS BY STRAVINSKY to be Distributed to Worldwide Cinemas, Sept 2013
The New York Philharmonic's season-finale program, A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky - conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns in a production created by Giants Are Small - will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by SpectiCast beginning September 2013. This unique cinema event, produced by the New York Philharmonic, will feature a complete concert broadcast, behind-the- scenes footage, as well as a brief intermission feature on Stravinsky's history with the New York Philharmonic, featuring video and other exclusive material from the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.
A Dancer's Dream will be screened in movie theaters, performing arts centers, senior living communities, libraries, and schools across the United States, including theaters in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other markets, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and other countries to be announced. This will be the second New York Philharmonic concert broadcast in movie theaters, following the heralded 2011 production of Sondheim's Company. For more information about the screening locations for A Dancer's Dream, visit dreamonscreen.com.
A Dancer's Dream is a multidisciplinary, theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small. Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet principal dancer, will star in the production, which will be conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, directed and designed by Doug Fitch, choreographed by Karole Armitage, and produced by Edouard Getaz. The performances take place June 27-29, 2013.
Blending music with dance, live animation, pre-recorded video, puppetry, and circus arts, A Dancer's Dream will blur the lines between reality and imagination, audience and performer. Using Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petruskha as the foundation for a new narrative, the production chronicles the story of a young woman, played by Ms. Mearns, and her dream of becoming a dancer. Entranced by the music, she is "kissed" by the passion to become an artist and drawn into the performance, dancing to the complete score of The Fairy's Kiss. By the second act, she has completed her transformation into an artist, becoming Columbine in Petrushka. The production will turn Avery Fisher hall into a dream world through costumes, sets, staging, and live filmmaking, Giants Are Small's signature technique in which a real-time feed of musicians, puppets, and miniatures is projected above the Orchestra.
The production will feature lighting design by Clifton Taylor, costume design by Irina Kruzhilina, and make-up by Margie Durand. Emmy Award winner Habib Azar, whose previous work on filming Philharmonic concerts includes Chinese New Year Celebration - The Year of the Snake (2013), will direct the film production.
The Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert last collaborated with Doug Fitch, Edouard Getaz, and their production company Giants Are Small in June 2011 for the acclaimed production of Janá?ek's The Cunning Little Vixen, which was also choreographed by Karole Armitage. In June 2010 the New York Philharmonic and Giants Are Small staged Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, a critical success that was named the number one cultural event of the year by several news outlets.
About the New York Philharmonic
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010, it performed its 15,000th concert - a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world. The Orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championing the music of its time, and is renowned around the globe, having appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries - including its October 2009 debut in Vietnam and its February 2008 historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. The Philharmonic's concerts are broadcast on the weekly syndicated radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on nyphil.org, and have been telecast annually on Live From Lincoln Center on U.S. public television since the series' premiere in 1976. The Philharmonic has made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917, with more than 500 currently available. The first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live, the Philharmonic released the first-ever classical iTunes Pass in 2009-10; the self-produced recordings continue with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2012-13 Season. The Orchestra has built on the long-running Young People's Concerts to develop a wide range of education programs, including the School Partnership Program, enriching music education in New York City, and Learning Overtures, fostering international exchange. Alan Gilbert became Music Director in September 2009, succeeding Lorin Maazel in a distinguished line of 20th-century musical giants that goes back to Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini. Credit Suisse is the New York Philharmonic's exclusive Global Sponsor.