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2013 Live Music For Dance Awardees

March 15, 2013

10 Hairy Legs: Rook

This newly-formed New-Jersey based dance company was awarded composer, musician, and dancer fees for the creation of a new movement and use of a current section of composer Robert Maggio‘s Seven Mad Gods . The score will be performed live for a World Premiere solo of Founder and Artistic Director Randy James‘s Rook, choreographed for accomplished company member Nick Sciscione. The work will be performed (4/14/13) at 10 Hairy Legs‘ New Brunswick, NJ & New York City Debuts (4 performances 5/30-6/2/13) with live music. Choreographed for a single male dancer, with music written for percussion, violin, cello, and piano, the work will enter the company’s permanent repertoire.

Anna Sperber: Passageway Into Which Rooms Open

Passageway Into Which Rooms Open is a new evening length work commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, Queens. The work is choreographed by New-York based Anna Sperber, with an original score composed by longtime collaborator Nate Wooley. The project received commission funds for the composer and musician fees for performers Nate Wooley (trumpet and amplifier), Aaron Siegel (Vibraphone), and Matt Moran (Vibraphone). The work will be performed live during the work’s two week run for a total of 8 performances, Wednesday through Saturday April 24-27th, and May 1-4th, 2013.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

Interior Designs is a multidisciplinary collaboration with choreography by Carolyn Dorfman (alongside 10 Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company dancers), commissioned electronic/vocal score by Svjetlana Bukvich (for 3 singers in live performance), integrated lighting by Kate Ashton, projected images and video mapping (cyc, theater walls, and dancers bodies) by Kate Freer and David Tennent of Imaginary Media Artists, and costumes by Anna Alissa Belous. The work will be performed on April 13th and 14th at the Wilkins Theater at Kean University in Union, NJ, and then again on May 16-18th, 2013 at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY.

Dance Continuum: Bodies &  Guitars

Choreographer Susan Marshall and composer David Lang take on the YouTube zeitgeist, in a full-length work combining both live and filmed dance, accompanied live by the electric guitar quartet Dither. Bodies & Guitars is conceived of as a full-length dance work (60 min) for 6 dancers. The live performance will be counterpointed by online dance films, which will echo and reveal secret subtexts to the live performance. The work will be premiered at the Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL, from Septmeber 26-29th, 2013 and will receive its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from November 23-26th, 2013.

E. Monte Motion: Here/Now, the Attendants

Here/Now, The Attendants is the product of a collaboration between choreographer Elisa Monte and composer Rubin Kodheli. A 30 minute dance piece with original music, Here/Now, The Attendants is inspired by the music of Meredith Monk, who brought these artist together. Kodheli will write a score for four cellos, percussion and electronics. The final piece will be performed by Kodheli’s company North Sky Cello Ensemble, a four member cello group. The piece will be premiered at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City from April 11-13th, 2013.

Gotham Arts Exchange: The Spectators

Commissioned by New York Live Arts, The Spectators is a new dance choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, set to live music performed by the FLUX Quartet. As its subject, The Spectators addresses the influence of past dance masters and collaborators, exploring the premise that their ‘ghosts’ are still present in contemporary choreography. The piece will be performed at New York Live Arts from May 15-18th, 2013. In addition, the artists will collaborate on a separate piece entitled In Between the Cracks with Real Passion that uses deconstructive choreographic methods to examine another convention of concert dance: the performance space. This piece will be performed at the Joyce Theater as part of their 2014 season.

Human Future Dance Corps: Diary of an Image

Diary of an Image is a new dance work created by choreographer DD Dorvillier in collaboration with composer Zeena Parkins. The work is part of a month-long platform: a mid-career survey giving audiences a broader perspective and access to Dorvillier’s work and practice. The piece will be performed from May 19th to June 15th, 2014 at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City.

Kate Weare Company: Dark Lark

Dark Lark is an approximately 50-minute work choreographed by Kate Weare for 5 dancers that draws heavily on ideas about sexuality, fantasy, and identity, and features a new score by composer Chris Lancaster. The piece will be premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from November 4-9th, 2013.

Lustig Dance Theatre: Holiday Production

Lustig Dance Theatre is embarking on a new collaboration leading-up to the world premiere of Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s Holiday Production in the Winter of 2013. Inspired by Duke Ellington’s interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, composer and musician Paul Undreiner will write a new score for the work. The music will be performed live by members of Emily Asher‘s Garden Party. The work will be performed on December 14th and 15th, 2013, at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: When Metal Meets Wood

When Metal Meets Wood marks a collaboration between Nai-Ni Chen, composer Chen Yi, and the Prism Saxphone Quartet (PSQ). It will explore the energy created by the dancers, making movement phrases that enhance or reduce the experience of the audience visually and aurally, creating a dynamic, integrated presentation of the composition on stage. The piece will be premiered in December of 2013 at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at the Peridance Center in New York City.

New York Live Arts: Beasts and Plots

Beasts and Plots a new evening length work by choreographer Gwen Welliver with music composer by Jake Meginsky and performed by Meginsky and Bill Nace. It explores whole body portraiture via movement performance, large-scale drawing, and live music. Meginsky’s score will combine live foley art with recorded violin and voice compositions. The work will premiere at New York Live Arts from April 3-6, 2013.

Nimbus Dance Works: Inherit

Inherit is a 40-minute ensemble work that explores the theme of legacy and is co-choreographed by Josie Moseley and Samuel Pott. Music for Inherit consists of previously composed music performed by composer/saxophonist Joshua Redman and commissioned music by composer/sound designer Leon Rothenberg. The work will be premiered on April 19th, 2014 in the Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.

Palissimo: Whispers and Tremors

Conceived, choreographed and directed by Pavel Zustiak, WHISPERS AND TREMORS merges dance, soundscape and visual art in response to recent unprecedented shifts in the global landscape and the human desire to seek meaning and solace in the face of dramatic change. The music is composed by Christian Frederickson and performed by Frederickson and Bobby McElver. The piece will be premiered October 2-12th, 2013 at the Abrons Art Center in New York City.

Pascal Rioult Dance: Iphigenia

Iphigenia is a 20-minute piece based on Euripides’s timeless and haunting anti-war drama Iphigenia in Aulis. Iphigenia is a dynamic collaboration between Pascal Rioult and American composer Michael Torke. The score will be performed by the Camerata NY Orchestra.  The work will premiere June 4-9th, 2013 at the Joyce Theater in New York City

Roseanne Spradlin/Performance Projects: indelible disappearances – a thought, not a title

indelible disappearance – a thought not a title, is conceived to be a probing, 75-minute, multi-layered exposition of feminist themes, including the figurative and literal “disappearance of women.” Choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin will collaborate with composer Jeffrey Young to write a score for live electronics and string quartet, to be performed by MIVOS string quartet. The premiere of the project will be during spring of 2014 in New York City.

Terrain: Coming Together

Coming Together (CT) is an evening length performance choreographed by Rebecca Lazier to American composer Frederic Rzewski’s companion scores Coming Together and Attica. The performance will feature six dancers from Lazier’s company Terrain as well as the amplified octet Newspeak, directed by David T. LittleThe Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn is presenting CT from June 12-15th, 2013.

The Field: You are my heat and glare

You are my heat and glare is a mixed-genre choreographic project created by Kimberly Bartosik. Inspired by Anne Carson’s The Anthropology of Water, the work unfolds in a series of viscerally provocative duets featuring dancers, designers and voice artists Gelsey Bell and Dave Ruder. The piece will be premiered in Fall 2013 at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Thin Man Dance: Beyond Otherness

Beyond Otherness examines the subjective nature of perception in the self-identification as “different,” “special” or “other:” it seeks to manifest difference as a given context but not as an obstacle to shared experience. The core project themes will be explored in both the music and the dance within the domains of compositional issues of form and context as well as instrumentation and casting. Beyond Otherness is a collaboration between choreographer John Jasperse and composer Jonathan Bepler. Premiere performances will take place at New York Live Arts on April 30th to May 3rd, 2014.

Third Rail Projects: Roadside Attraction

Third Rail ProjectsROADSIDE ATTRACTION is a mobile site-specific dance project housed in and around a vintage 1977 Coleman pop-up camper. Sean Hagerty will provide a score for the project. Designed to be shown virtually anywhere, this new full-length work is slated to premiere at the World Financial Center in June 2013 and go on tour immediately thereafter.