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"Heaven’s Dust" – World Premiere by Randy James for 10 Hairy Legs

World premiere trio by Randy James for 10 Hairy Legs with an improvisational score by Robert Benford and a new score by Michael Wall.

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“Heaven’s Dust” Performed on November 8!

Posted on November 2, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

“Heaven’s Dust” will be performed during 10 Hairy Legs’ appearance at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ as part of its Major Artist Series on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm.  Guest pianist Dorian Wallace will play the Michael Wall score.

Also on the program is David Parker’s “Slapstuck,” Stephen Petronio’s “Bud,” Heidi Latsky’s “Solo 1” and Doug Elkins’ “Trouble Will Find Me.”  Tickets may be purchased: http://www.rvccarts.org/16/16Events/Major/151108TenHairyLegs.html

Student tickets available for $15 with ID.

Hope to see you there!

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Robert Johnson’s Review of our New York Season/Heaven’s Dust

Posted on June 22, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

This season, however, the bulk of the repertoire consisted of duets, and that’s when 10 Hairy Legs donned its Technicolor Dream Coat… Randy James’ re-choreographed premiere, “Heaven’s Dust,” shows men struggling and holding hands, yet its restless patterns suggest a vision of alienation.

Read the entire review: http://www.njarts.net/dance/10-hairy-legs-explores-gay-sexuality-while-steering-clear-of-stereotypes/

Heaven’s Dust

Posted on June 17, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

More photos from Heaven’s Dust.  Photo credit Rachel Neville.

Pictured: Alex Biegelson, Nicholas Sciscione and Robert Mark Burke.

Heaven’s Dust World Premiere

Posted on June 17, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

Our season at New York Live Arts prominently featured Randy James’ “Heaven’s Dust” which was performed on 6/12 and 6/14/15.  It was stunning and received great audience response.  The final score by Michael Wall was haunting and beautiful, and Dorian Wallace’s playing (and humming) were moving.

Heaven’s Dust Premiere Coming Up!

Posted on May 22, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

The World Premiere of Randy James’ Heaven’s Dust with a newly composed score by Michael Wall will receive its initial performances during our New York Season at New York Live Arts Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13 at 7:30 pm.  The music composition will be played live by Dorian Wallace at both shows.  Tickets are now on sale: http://newyorklivearts.org/event/10hl_june_2015.

We hope you will join us!

Music is completed for Heaven’s Dust

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Michael Wall

I am excited to start releasing the new score for this piece. It is really beautiful and I glad that Randy decided to revisit and revitalize this work. I did a completly different score to over 10 years ago. Dorian Wallace is working on the score now and will be performing the piece live in June. It will be available for download very soon at www.soundFORMovement.com

Heaven’s Dust Musician Announced

Posted on April 21, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

We are pleased to announce that Dorian Wallace will perform Michael Wall’s new score for Randy James’ “Heaven’s Dust.”  It will have its World Premiere at New York Live Arts on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 pm and also be performed on Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are available now: 10hl.org.  

Here is Dorian’s Bio:

Dorian Wallace is a composer, improviser, pianist, synthesist, writer, teacher and dance musician.  His career has experienced a diverse musical palette including contemporary classical, avant-garde, spontaneous improvisation, jazz ensemble, orchestral, classical dance, electro acoustic, film, and opera.  His music has been performed in New York City, NY, Bangkok, Thailand, Cleveland, OH, Paris, France, Mexico City, Mexico, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.He is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention, a consortium of ensembles in New York City, including The Free Sound Ahn-somble and Trystero. Wallace is a member of improvisation trio, AmmoCake. He has collaborated with commissions and performed with such artists as The Cleveland Orchestra, Dave Liebman, Robert Ashley, Aleksandra Vrebalov, David T Little, Son Lux, Composers Concordance, Frank London, Jonathan Finlayson, Pauline Kim Harris, Brad Whiteley, Hajnal Pivnick, Bobby Selvaggio, and Eric Lyon.He is a musician for dance at The Juilliard School, New York University, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Barnard College, Columbia University and Ballet Hispanico.He is a member of the faculty at Metropolitan Music School and a Mentor at UnCollege where he maintains a studio teaching Contemporary Composition, Music Theory, and Spontaneous Improvisation.

Quote from Composer Michael Wall

Posted on April 21, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

It has been over 10 years since Randy and I have worked together and I am very excited to create “Heaven’s Dust.” I am using solo piano for the first three sections. This project already has music for the fourth section, by Robert Benford. So it is really fun for me to have that already in place…I know how to end the score at least.

 

“Heaven’s Dust” – New Photo

Posted on March 30, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

Here one more photo from our preview performance!

“Heaven’s Dust” Photos

Posted on March 30, 2015 by 10 Hairy Legs

Earlier this season we performed “Heaven’s Dust” as a preview.  Here are some photos, minus our new costumes which are being designed, added sections and newly composed music.  

Overview

“Heaven’s Dust”  features a cast of 3 with newly commissioned music – part improvisation by Robert Benford (Xylophone) and part a new composition by Michael Wall (Piano and Guitar). The work will be in 4 sections (three re-worked and a new trio); duet, solo, duet, trio.  The first section will be previewed at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College on November 9, 2014 (with live Xylophone accompaniment) and at at Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick in Spring 2015.   The full work will have its World Premiere during our New York Season June 11-14 (NYLA), with live music at all  performances. Excerpts will be performed/taught during residencies on tour at universities.  The work will also be performed during our summer festival season and during New York appearances in Fall 2015.  It will enter the permanent repertory of the company and be revived in future seasons when it may be performed with live musical accompaniment or the recording that will be made this season.  Originally created for a man and a woman, James  re-envisions the work that reflects how we push each other’s buttons through the lens of an all-male cast.  This work was originally commissioned to appear on a program at St.Mark’s Church for a benefit for Dancers Responding to Aids.  James was awarded his third Choreographic Fellowship from NJSCA this spring. He has chosen to re-envision and expand “Heaven’s Dust,” with the inspiration of the men of 10 Hairy Legs.

Robert Benford is a percussionist, composer and educator specializing in hand drumming, improvisation, and music for modern dance. He has produced scores over the years for Sean Curran, Jane Comfort, Septime Webre, Murray Louis, Leah Kreutzer and Kim Gibilisco and Randy James. Live performances of these scores have included three seasons at the Joyce Theatre, in addition to appearances at New Victory Theater, John Jay Theater, Dancespace at St, Marks, and many other venues in New York and at universities around the country. Funding: Meet the Composer, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Flagler Charitable Trust, and American Music Center. Benford has taught and accompanied at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival , working with such modern dance luminaries as David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, and Jennifer Nugent.   From 1984-1995 he co-directed Partridge/Benford Dance/Music, with choreographer dance teacher Martha Partridge.

Michael Wall began collaborating with dance and other art forms at an early age and continues to work with artists internationally. He has made work for the Jose Limon Company, Mark Haim, Lisa Race, Lucky Kele, David Dorfman, David Grenke, Rudy Perez, Pam Pietro, Bebe Miller, K.J. Holmes, Jenn Nugent and many others. Michael has worked for NYU, Rutgers University, Princeton University, The Ohio State University, The Bates Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and is currently faculty at The University of Utah, Department of Modern Dance. Michael graduated Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University with a BA in Jazz Piano Performance. His training was with Kenny Barron and Wanda Maximillian. Michael created and managed asimplesound.com that evolved into soundFORMovement.com, websites dedicated to producing music made specifically for dance.

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Rook (Excerpt)
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Features: 10 Hairy Legs

Choreography: Randy James with a commissioned score by Robert Maggio

“…a quieter, and more delicate affair in which subtle gestures are important…” – Robert Johnson, The Star-Ledger.
“The work displayed moments of great emotion ranging from passion to remorse. At times Mr. Sciscione’s energies were extroverted and then suddenly he would pull them tightly to his body as if fearful. He used his body to articulate that which could not be expressed in words by a display of raw emotion. Bravo! – Darrell Wood, NYC Dance Stuff – 2013

“Imbroglio”
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Features: Robert Benford

Composed by Tigger Benford in 2014 . From the album “Vessel of Gratitude.” Rhythmic, pulsing and dynamic – driven by Benford’s deep percussive roots and influences.

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Features: Michael Wall

A new collection of 9 medium tempo tracks in 4/4 by Michael Timothy Wall.

Start and End Dates

11/09/201411/08/2015

Location

New York, New York

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Last update on November 2, 2015

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Highland Park, New Jersey
10 Hairy Legs is an all-male repertory dance company performing existing and newly commissioned works. Since our founding in 2012 we have commissioned 14 works from choreographers Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, Julie Bour, Megan Williams, Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly and founder Randy James. We have served more than 75,000 patrons,…

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