Satellite Ballet Brings WAREHOUSE UNDER THE HUDSON and EPISTASIS to NY, 11/2
Satellite Ballet will present two ballets that showcase the company's commitment to complete collaborationon Friday, November 2 at 8 pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th Street. The program includes two works choreographed by Troy Schumacher: the NY premiere of Warehouse under the Hudson and Epistasis, both accompanied by live music and multimedia projections.
Satellite Ballet develops and performs works created by Satellite Ballet and Collective. The Collective creates, produces, performs and distributes work in the visual, performing, musical and literary arts. Satellite Ballet artists collaborate with Collective members as equals: music, dance, imagery, story and abstraction are the result of continuous interaction through the entire production cycle - a commitment to collaboration that transcends the piecework nature of traditional productions.
Collective members include Brandon Baker, resident lighting designer; Kevin Draper, librettist, projection artist and creative director; Nick Jaina, composer and music director; Nathan Langston, composer and dramaturge; Amanda Lawrence, composer; Ellis Ludwig-Leone, arranger;David Moss, composer; Lora Robertson, photography director; and Troy Schumacher, resident choreographer and director.
Company dancers include Samuel Greenberg and New York City Ballet members Emilie Gerrity, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, David Prottas, Taylor Stanley and Lydia Wellington.
Warehouse under the Hudson (2012, NY Premiere)
Warehouse under the Hudson is the story of a young woman who obsesses over a moment from her past and wonders where a different choice would have led her. She meets the Scavenger, who has collected her past and stored it in his warehouse beneath the Hudson River. He offers her special moment back to her with a deal: her beautiful past - her moment - in exchange for her future.
"Epistasis" is a genetic term referring to the complicated ways in which genes develop and evolve by affecting one another. Epistasis is a story of the creation of identity and about the long process of becoming human and finding an unassuming space in the universe to be whole.
Satellite Ballet and Satellite Collective were formed in 2010 by architect Kevin Draper and choreographer Troy Schumacher joined by composers from New York and the Pacific Northwest, and by artists working with experimental projection, photography and literature. The Company's works are developed in workshops at an artist's studio on Lake Michigan and performed by the Satellite Ballet in New York City. High intensity graphics, fiery musical performance and athletic, musical choreography are the signatures of these new works. The company's inaugural performance in October 2011 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center was sold out.
Troy Schumacher is a member of New York City Ballet and co-director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective. In addition to his work for Satellite Ballet, he has choreographed a world premiere piece for Salon/Sanctuary Concerts to be performed on September 28 at The Players Club. An Atlanta native, he began his dance training with tap before discovering ballet and pursuing a career as a ballet dancer. After training at both the School of American Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, Schumacher joined New York City Ballet in 2004. At NYCB Schumacher has performed principal roles in several ballets, including Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream and Stars and Stripes as well as Jerome Robbins' Interplay.
Kevin Draper is an architect, writer and co-director of the Satellite Collective, an arts incubator with a studio on Lake Michigan. Draper studied at the University of Michigan, Notre Dame and Tulane University. Seeing space, movement and perception as textual layers, Draper develops projections and librettos to structure the story space.
Tickets for the November 2 performance are $10 for students and artists, $25 and $35 and are available at www.SatelliteBallet.org. The performance will be held at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th Street between 10th and 11th avenues. For more information visit www.SatelliteBallet.org or Facebook.com/SatelliteBallet