The Glare From These Horizons
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The Glare From These Horizons: Work in Progress
The Glare From These Horizons is a collaboration between Artistic Director Samuel Pott and Composer Kim Sherman. Ms. Sherman composed the music in the excerpt above, played by Yokiko Tanaka alongside poems by Roland Pott recited by Samuel Pott. “Glare” is a thought provoking work of multidisciplinary creation where Music, Poetry and Dance are seamlessly combined.
A collaboration between composer Kim Sherman and choreographer Samuel Pott examines the meeting point of voice, sound, movement and poetry. Using spoken recordings of the poetry of Roland Pott (Samuel Pott’s brother), The Glare From These Horizons dissects the ways that voice and sound act as triggers for movement, exposing “worm holes” of invisible but sentient meaning. Ms. Sherman will create a stark sonic environment combining sounds from prepared piano and vocalizations derived from fragmented words, lines, and sounds from the selected poetry. Samuel Pott’s choreography, focusing on solos and duets and performed by a cast of four dancers, attempts to delve into and give form to the highly nuanced and personal realm of human voice. In selecting the poetry of his brother, Mr. Pott pushes the formal process of choreography into dialogue with the highly personal: shared familial experience, and deep brotherly understanding and sympathy.
The Glare From These Horizons received a preview showing at the Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor, Maine, on August 4th, 2018. The work will premiere at Nimbus Dance Works’ Gala performance on November 17th, 2018 at the Harborside Atrium in Jersey City.
Ms. Sherman met playwright Eric Ehn in 1993 at the height of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were compelled to create “Service for the Dead in Bosnia-Herzegovina” an a cappella oratorio, giving voice to the nameless. “Graveside,” the penultimate movement, was recorded by Musica Sacra, conducted by Richard Westenberg. “Graveside” has been performed by choirs throughout the US. Notable in Graveside, and relevant to Songbook are: the counterpoint of formal and discordant themes, a sense of ambience/landscape, theme-based composition.
By way of a 12 foot square patch of artificial grass, Patch of Turf tells of Man/Womankind in a diminishing natural environment. Set to a commissioned score by Qasim Naqvi (New Music USA project grant 2014) , the work is an intense, 18 minute, tour de force for four virtuosic female performers. Patch of Turf is ironic in it’s depiction of nature vis-à-vis the artificial grass, and poignant in revealing both our estrangement from the natural world and insatiable appetite for its resources. Choreographed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott.
Start and End Dates
08/04/2018 — 11/17/2018
Jersey City, New Jersey