Arch Contemporary Ballet to Present World Premiere at The Davenport Theatre

Arch Contemporary Ballet to Present World Premiere at The Davenport Theatre

Arch Contemporary Ballet to Present World Premiere at The Davenport TheatreArch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, performs a world premiere by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise, presented by The Davenport Theatre with four performances Tuesday, May 30th - Thursday, June 1st at 8:00 pm.

As a rising pioneer for ballet and music, Annalise's choreography unveils unconventional lines of a dancer's body in the world premiere ballet, 'Hues of Memory'. American Sign Language is seamlessly integrated into the movement of two pas de deuxs, three-dimensionally revealing the poetic debut of world renowned photographer, Luis Pons. The bi-lingual interpretation of dance and ASL transports the audience to lush landscapes galvanized by romantic memory. Award winning composer Matthew AC Cohen sets the temperature of the work with a euphoric guitar and violin score performed by Arch Sound Ensemble, and displayed visually with synced lighting technology to the vibrations of the instruments. The theatre space is encapsulated with a greenery maze, setting the backdrop for this madly passionate work and an extension of the photo story series created by Annalise and Pons leading up to the performance.

"Arch Contemporary Ballet (ACB) challenges the past and launches into the future with new pointe work, new music, and new ideas about the potential of ballet," remarks Annalise. "I've drawn inspiration about communicating our memories through different language forms and was inspired by ASL. Pons's secret stashes of poems were the perfect backdrop for my vision. We continue to portray themes relevant to today, and create work to resonate with new audiences. We want ballet to be and continue to be relevant to the entire community." Pons adds, "Poetry explains without having to explain, the depth and great heights of the human condition. Annalise's work embodies how I would visually see my words into movement which made it a perfect fit - the innovation of integrating other art forms translated to this whirl wind of artistry around my poetic story."

There will be an autism friendly modified performance on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 pm as part of ACB's Arch for Autism Initiative.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Tuesday, May 30th 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 31st 6:00 pm (Autism Friendly performance)

Wednesday, May 31st 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 1st 8:00 pm

Running time 30 minutes

Advanced general admission tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $35.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.archballet.com.

The Davenport Theatre is located at 354 W 45th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan and is accessible by Subway A,C,E at 42 St Port Authority Bus Terminal and 1,2,3,N,Q,R,7,S at Times Sq 42 St.

Founded in 2013, New York City's Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACB's works are choreographed without music. Commissioned composers then create an original music score for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York City's Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at www.ArchBallet.com.

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