Magloire's New Chamber Ballet Begins 2018-19 Season

Magloire's New Chamber Ballet Begins 2018-19 SeasonMagloire's New Chamber Ballet will have performances Friday & Saturday September 21 & 22 (Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 7:30 PM) at City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues). Tickets are $33; $19 for students/seniors. Reservations can be made at 212.868.4444 or

Dancers: Elizabeth Brown, Kristy Butler, Traci Finch, Amber Neff, Rachele Perla and Madeleine Williams Musicians: Melody Fader, piano and Doori Na, violin

Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet opens its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of a Magloire ballet to music by contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm, along with repertory works to music by Bach, Mozart, and Haydn.

From the repertory are the ballets Amity (2017), Bach (2018), and The Letter (2012).

Amity is set to Mozart's violin sonata in C Major, and features a quartet of dancers weaving and unweaving in kaleidoscopic fomations in a ballet that ranges from solemnly slow to lightning fast. Amity was premiered in April 2017, commissioned by Edward Petrou in loving memory of Rachel Petrou.

Bach is another Magloire quartet and is set to JS Bach's five preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book.

"Dancing to JS Bach's music," remarked Miro, "is fun and invigorating, since most of his works are loosely based on Baroque dance forms."

The work was commissioned by Leslie and Richard Curtis as a wedding gift two years ago for Miro and his beautiful wife. But, noted Miro, "don't look for 'love' references in the choreography - it's all about space, energy and symmetry."

The Letter, called "memorable and highly original" by Mari S. Gold ( is a fast-paced scene for two women in which Haydn's Piano sonata in D Major, and the musician, play a central role.

Composer WOLFGANG RHIM was born in Karlsruhe Germany in 1952 and has become one of the most influential composers of his generation. Rihm's output is extremely large and includes stage works, orchestral compositions, chamber music, and songs. He has been honored with many awards, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Award 92003), the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennial (2010), and the Robert Schumann Prize (2014). In 2010, the New York Philharmonic premiered his violin concerto at Avery Fisher Hall with soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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