"Should we go?" 10 Hairy Legs World Premiere Duet by Tiffany Mills set to Peter Whitehead Composition
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World Premiere at New York Live Arts 2016
We were pleased to welcome more than 700 patrons during our four performance run. “Should We Go” was performed each time, with the inspiring accompaniment of Peter Whitehead playing his original composition which included his singing – a big surprise but a wonderful one that added a unique dimension to the score.
Rehearsal Photos – World Premiere Tomorrow!
Rehearsal photos taken this week before we head to the theater today. Opening Night Thursday 6/23 at 7:30 pm. 3 more chances to see the work 6/24 and 6/24 at 7:30 and 6/26 at 2:00 pm.
Tiffany Mills’ Thoughts Right Before our World Premiere
I am excited to be in rehearsal this week putting all the elements together for “Should we go?” with my talented group of collaborators.It is exhilarating to mix sound, light and visuals with my choreography. Peter Whitehead has arrived from San Francisco. Having his live and original music adds such a marvelous dynamic to this whimsical, yet shadowy duet. Amanda Ringger is playing with lighting ideas, incorporating Dennis O’Leary’s street lamp and park bench into our world — paying homage to certain influences from Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Mary Kokie McNaugher is costuming the performers (Kyle Marshall and Robert Burke) in marvelously layered blues and blacks, with a few surprising twists. And I am happy to witness how all these pieces meld into a project that is equal parts slapstick, drama, vulnerable adult, and trickster child.
World Premiere June 23, 2016
Rehearsals continue to put the finishing touches on “Should We Go?” Costumes are being designed and fitted and our scenic elements completed. Last week noted Dramaturge Kay Cummings gave her input to Mills’ dance “narrative.” Join us at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th St. to see the work 6/23 and 6/24 at 7:30 pm or 6/26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets: 10HL.org.
In December Tiffany Mills had an informal studio showing of the work at LaMama studios in NYC. Pictured are 10 Hairy Legs company members Robert Mark Burke and Kyle Marshall.
A World Premiere duet by Tiffany Mills with a working title of Should We Go? with newly commissioned music by Peter Whitehead, costumes by Mary Kokie McNaugher, Lighting by Amanda Ringger, and set design by Dennis O’Leary-Gullo. Whitehead is an acclaimed composer and musician who has created work for Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others. Whitehead makes extensive use of unusual or self-made acoustic instruments. Whitehead will provide the accompaniment for the work’s World Premiere performances during our New York Season June 23-26, 2016. Rehearsals began in July 2015 to create the work and will continue throughout the season. This will be Mills’ second work for the company. In 2013 she created the quintet It Only Happens Once…Yesterday and Tomorrow. Robert Johnson said of this work: “stealthy and filled with surprises… Mills’ work seems to tap the unconscious.”
Mills stated: “To build material with 10HL, I engaged the dancers collaboratively, as I do with the Tiffany Mills Company. Phrases were created then pulled apart and manipulated; fundamental partnering concepts were taught and then tasks were given to create fresh partnering material based on the dancers’ personas. Throughout, we laughed, as we uncovered truths about ourselves, weaving them into the folds of this dance/theater work.”
The proposed score will be composed using a combination of conventional, invented, found and electronic instruments, and may also include field recordings and text. The music will be developed in collaboration with the choreographer and dancers and will be an amalgam of songs performed live, along with both live and recorded music for the live dance performances.
Following its premiere in NYC, the work will enter the 10 HL repertory for 4 years, and be performed at venues throughout the metropolitan New York region as well as at national and international tour sites as we cultivate our new representation by Pentacle booking agency. Mr. Whitehead will produce a high quality recording of the music that can be used when it is not feasible to have live musical accompaniment.
Live musical accompaniment and the commissioning of new music a strategic initiative of our company. Our objectives are to deepen knowledge and appreciation for music and dance and the ways in which they intersect, to grow our audiences, participants and community, to further develop the artistry of our company members and to involve exemplary musicians in our work. We accomplish this by having live music at as many of our main stage public performances as is feasible each season. New Music’s past support has made this possible, as well as grant awards from The Frank & Lydia Bergen and The O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundations.
Commissioned by 10 Hairy Legs in 2013, this quintet by Mills is both haunting and compelling. Centered upon a recurring dream, it is structured in three sections with a central character here portrayed by company member Tony Bordonaro. The others weave and sway, coming in and out of light, begging the question “What is real and what is imagined?” Mills incorporates intricate partnering and a great theatrical sensibility. The work is set to an eclectic score of pre-recorded music.
“Feast of Souls.” Score for evening length work choreographed by Sarah Shelton Mann, performed at ODC theater San Francisco 2003-4. Music composed and performed live by Peter Whitehead.
Start and End Dates
07/01/2015 — 06/28/2016
New York, New York