Miro Magloire Presents A World Premiere of Music by Michel Galante
Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in the world premiere of a work to music by frequent collaborator Michel Galante, commissioned by the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation. The program will be completed by Miro works to music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, and Reiko Fueting, November 18 & 19. The Friday November 18 performance will start at 8:30 PM, and the Saturday November 19 evening will begin at the usual 8 PM, in City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street.
The company welcomes new dancer Gracie Holway, who trained in her native Michigan and at the Miami City Ballet School on scholarship. Gracie has danced with the Grand Rapids Ballet, under the direction of Patricia Barker and with Michele Wiles' Ballet Next.
Raw, in which "Miro's meshing of music and movement created yet another fresh vision," (Philip Gardner, oberonsgrove, 2014), is set to music by composer Mauricio Kagel, Magloire's composition teacher at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. The choreographer, who began his career as a composer, paid homage to his musical mentor with this fascinating new duet. Gardner also acknowledged New Chamber Ballet's musicians, who shine, season after season, in their performances of music from Debussy to Kagel. "Much praise is due pianist Melody Fader and violinist Doori Na," wrote Gardner, "who perform the often complex scores that Miro likes to use with a high level of musicality."
Completing the program is Emilia, set to music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, another of Magloire's favorite composers. Shortly before the composer's passing, he granted Magloire permission to choreograph to his music, even suggesting several compositions that he felt would be suitable for dance. Emilia is "a dark love triangle (that) had something of the feel of Kurt Jooss's expressionistic dance theater." (Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times, 2012).
Praised for his musical sophistication and use of music by young or rarely heard composers, Magloire's musical choices run from Tartini to Debussy to Cage. The company will repeat the September world premiere of Upon My Wings, set to music by contemporary German composer Reiko Fueting, composed for solo violin as an homage to Bach's famous Chaconne. Upon My Wings was originally commissioned by the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, where it premiered in 2014 under the same name as Fueting's musical composition, Tanz Tanz. For his own company, Magloire presents a new version, entitled Upon My Wings for two dancers.