Oceans at War – Israeli Artists Exploring Conflict
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) will premiere an innovative collaborative work between its Artistic Director and choreographer Igal Perry and composer Amit Weiner in five performances from March 20-28, 2021 for over 700 audience members. This new work will be the focal point of the Company’s annual New York Spring Season, which will celebrate Israeli American choreographers, including Ephrat Asherie and Ido Tadmor. Five musicians (a string quartet and piano) will perform on stage with ten Company dancers. Following the Spring Season, PCDC will tour the work to Chapman University in Los Angeles for a week-long residency facilitated by Chapman Presidential Fellow in Dance, Ido Tadmor.
Presenting new dance works with original, live music is at the heart of the Company’s mission. Throughout PCDC’s 35-year history, Perry has created a rich body of over 70 works for the Company, which embody his unique marriage of music and movement. Perry, an internationally acclaimed choreographer who emigrated to the US from Israel in the 1970s, collaborates with an eclectic group of prominent Israeli composers, such as Ofer Bashan and Avner Dorman, to deepen the connection between music and dance.
Weiner is a senior member of the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and is the Head of the Cross-Disciplinary Composition Division at JAMD. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from Bar Ilan University. He has worked as a composer with film companies such as Universal Production Music France, Warner/Chappell Music Group Production, Sonoton (Germany), Non-Stop Music, Gothic Storm Music (UK), and more. His body of work also includes over 40 chamber and orchestral works – three concertos for piano and orchestra, chamber music, songs, and works for piano.
Weiner’s music focuses on intermingling traditional Jewish melodies and contemporary compositional techniques. For this project, Weiner and Perry will draw inspiration from their life experience as natives of a country in constant conflict. Together, they will explore the meaning music and dance can have within a context of war, and the real transformation they can bring to human relationships.
Hailed by the New York Times as “blessedly inventive” Perry’s sophisticated choreography will physicalize the ideas of conflict introduced by Weiner’s score, as the creators together explore the work’s themes. Weiner and Perry envision the work beginning without any pulse or rhythm, and gradually filling the stage with rhythmical power that keeps growing and growing, like oceans surrounding the dancers, musicians, and audience. The musicians will be positioned across the stage in such a way that the music envelopes the entire space, creating profound impact.
In line with its mission of service to the public, PCDC will expand accessibility to this project in several free, high-profile, public outdoor performances across New York City for over 1500 additional viewers, including CityPark’s SummerStage, Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Series, and Citi’s Summer in the Square. The Company has participated in NYC summer performances for over seven years, and has found great success in exposing new works to new audiences through these platforms.
This composition, which Weiner created for a film, is fluid and organic, with the music moving forward in waves. Weiner is loosely basing the melody on Mozart’s, Dies Irae, taking the very essence of that work and moving from there to slowly develop a whole scene of textures.
This piece by Weiner, “Suite for Viola and Piano,” is an example of conflict within the music itself: the piano and viola play mostly pizzicato and are in a constant state of discord with occasional moments of harmony.
This dynamic ballet by Igal Perry, premiered in 2012, is set to the vibrant “Gorecki String Quartet #3.” Unison group work contrasts simple human gestures in intimate duets and solos. The musicians are an integral part of the piece, performing onstage with the dancers. The relationships and dynamics morph as the dancers and musicians advance through ever-changing patterns, thus altering the traditional relationships between dancer and accompaniment. Perry and Weiner will be playing with similar ideas in the development of their new creation.
Start and End Dates
09/01/2020 — 08/31/2022
New York, New York