in the shelter of the fold / epilogue
Created for 13 dancers and three live music ensembles, the seven dances that make up in the shelter of the fold /epilogue comprise an inquiry into public and personal acts of faith—traditional and secular uses of prayer. in the shelter of the fold /epilogue explores the multitude of expectations inherent to belief and questions our spiritual means of coping, attaining states of realization, and making conflicted choices. To whom are we speaking and what are we asking for? Is this a mystical or spiritual experience, or is it simply a dialogue we’re having with ourselves? Why do we seek assurance from the unknown?
in the shelter of the fold / epilogue will have its New York City premiere at BAM Fisher, June 5-8, 2019. Each of the seven sections is set to its own musical score:
“horizon” (Lesley Flanigan’s Sleepy);
“folded” (Julia Wolfe’s Believing);
“shelter” (David Lang’s Child);
“enter,” (Michael Gordon, TBD);
“mass,” (Raz Mesinai’s La Citadelle);
“hope,” (Kevin Keller’s Hope); and
“epilogue” (Lesley Flanigan’s Hedera)
Individually, the sections articulate a perspective, direction, or approach to faith. The accompanying pieces of music were selected by Varone for particular qualities that would (1) evoke each dance’s state of belief and (2) guide its choreographic structure.
Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform works by Wolfe, Lang, Gordon, and Keller. PUBLIQuartet will perform Mesinai’s La Citadelle. Lesley Flanigan will perform Sleepy and Hedera. The ensembles will play from different locations in the performing venue: Bang on a Can, from a raised platform behind the dancers; PUBLIQuartet, from the theater’s balcony; and Lesley Flanagan will be located among the dancers. The size of the Fisher space, and the way Varone is configuring it promotes a sense that there is no division between the musicians and dancers—engendering an all-inclusive environment for everyone in the room.
Expressing their interest in the project, the Bang on a Can All-Stars note, “We always like to reach new audiences with New Music, especially the compositions of our founders—Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. Varone’s choreography, with its sweep and intricacy, integrates well with our artistic vision. Working alongside his dancers gives us a fuller sense of what our music can propel.” Leslie Flanigan comments, “This staging strategy ties together music and dance in physical space and physical creation. Both music and dance are performed by the human body and I believe this performance will meaningfully connect sound, body, gesture, breath, pulse, movement and voice.”
Describing the overall flow of the evening, Doug Varone notes: “As heavy, intense, and thick as in the shelter of the fold is, epilogue feels as if it is an alternate universe of lightness and air. It’s as if at the end of in the shelter of the fold, everything has been released and in epilogue we are allowed to look at the universe in a completely new way.”
from Doug Varone and Dancers’ IN THE SHELTER OF THE FOLD: “folded” (duet) with music by Julia Wolfe; and “shelter” (trio) with music by David Lang.
Cues: 41:27 for “folded”; 51:20 for “shelter”. The two dances play back to back.
Doug Varone and Dancers’ EPILOGUE , with music composed and performed by Lesley Flanigan.
By the time of the BAM performance, the piece will have been reconfigured to have Lesley Flanigan & her electronics at the center of the dance.
From Doug Varone and Dancers’ IN THE SHELTER OF THE FOLD, “Mass” with music by Raz Mesinai
Cue: 27:20, play for 10:00 minutes.
Start and End Dates
06/05/2019 — 06/08/2019
Brooklyn, New York