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Speak Angels

An evening length dance theater work exploring themes of grace and transcendence made in collaboration with composer Jonathan Russell.

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September 30, 2016Upcoming Performances

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Garrett + Moulton Productions Presents Highlights of “Speak, Angels”

in Association with Arts and Ideas of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

After the sold-out success of “Speak, Angels” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in July, Garrett + Moulton Productions will present  excerpts of “Speak, Angels” in a series of four free-to-the-public performances at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

 

Where:

Pottruck Family Atrium at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California Street, San Francisco, 94118

 

When:

Thursday, October 27th at 11:30am and 1:30pm

Friday, October 28th at 11:30am and 1:30pm

Free! No reservations required

 

More info at:

https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/speak-angels/

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September 30, 2016: Reviews and an Excerpt

Posted by: Garrett + Moulton Productions

Read the reviews and watch an excerpt from our successful July season of “Speak, Angels,” which was met with critical acclaim and played to capacity audiences.

“Choreographers Garrett and Moulton Prove their Superiority”-SF Chronicle’s Review by Allan Ulrich

“Speak, Angels”– by Heather Desaulniers

“When Garrett + Moulton speak, the angels dance” -by Jaime Robles

“Garrett + Moulton’s Live Constellation of Dance” -by Paul Hartelendy

July 22, 2016: Tickets are on sale now!

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Purchase your tickets by going to https://ybca.org/whats-on/speak-angels

Thursday, July 28  8pm

Friday, July 29 8pm

Saturday, July 30 8pm

Sunday, July 31 3pm

Tickets $32-$40

July 30
Post-Performance Benefit Reception
Join the artists for a celebratory champagne and dessert reception. Purchase a benefit ticket that includes both the performance and reception.

$75, Benefit Ticket includes premium performance seating and reception
$150, Gold Benefit Ticket includes premium performance seating, reception, and signed poster
$500, Platinum Benefit Ticket includes premium performance seating, reception, signed poster, and backstage tour and toast with the artists, 7PM (pre-performance)

Regular tickets that do not include the Benefit are also available for Saturday night’s performance.  

Performances are at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco.  

July 20, 2016: Win a Pair of Free Tickets to the Friday July 29 Performance!

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Simply follow our project page before Wednesday, July 27 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Friday, July 29 performance!

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Overview

Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton are collaborating with Composer/Bass Clarinetist Jonathan Russell on a large-scale, evening length dance theater work, Speak Angels, that will premiere July 28-31, 2016 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. Featuring a cast of 39 performers—24 dancers, 7 singers, and an ensemble of 8 musicians—the work addresses themes of grace and transcendence. It will explore mystical revelations and sacred transmissions received by spiritual visionaries, such as the saint, Hildegard von Bingen, and Sufi mystic, Rumi—using their writings as a springboard to investigate the unseen, mysterious forces at play in our lives.

Speak Angels celebrates the divine that inhabits all of life and our innate capacity to access reservoirs of spiritual strength when faced with hardship and suffering. It will feature 6 dance soloists and an ensemble of 18 additional dancers who will serve as a “movement choir”—a theatrical form utilized by Garrett and Moulton in three previous productions, The Luminous Edge (2014), The Experience of Flight in Dreams (2011), and The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories (2009). In these works they developed the movement choir as a dramatic form capable of expressing a wide range of qualities and images. The movement choir, by its nature and size, communicates a sense of collective human experience. Embodying both the earthly and ethereal, it can convey a grounded sense of community or represent the invisible forces that penetrate and move our lives.

A hallmark of Garrett and Moulton’s work is their dedication to live music. In this production, they will expand this commitment by adding 7 singers from the Bay Area vocal group, Vajra Voices, to their existing ensemble of 8 musicians. Composer/Bass Clarinetist Jonathan Russell, who has been hailed as “incredibly virtuosic, rocking, and musical” (San Francisco Classical Voice), is assembling a full-length score that will feature original compositions which he creates for the piece as well as music by other traditional and contemporary composers. Russell is also the Musical Director for the project; a role which requires him to organize musical logistics, lead music rehearsals, and conduct the musicians in the final performances. Russell has partnered with Garrett and Moulton on three previous productions, each of which has earned critical acclaim, including their most recent collaboration, The Luminous Edge, which was honored as one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top 10-Best Performances of the Year.”

Speak Angels is a project that is deeply aligned with Garrett + Moulton Production’s vision of art as a potent medium of community building and transformation. Over the past seven years, Garrett and Moulton have collaborated on six full-length pieces that have explored the joys, sorrows, dilemmas and complexities of human experience. They have engaged large casts of performers, incorporating up to 32 dancers and musicians in their productions. Their work with large groups has enabled them to articulate and express the humanistic themes that motivate and inspire them.  Speak Angels is the next organic step in their shared creative journey.

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The Sixes - Excerpt from "The Luminous Edge"

This is an excerpt from “The Luminous Edge,” choreographed by Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton and presented at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, September 18-21, 2014 and July 9-12, 2015. The music is “Nina’s Dance,” composed by Marc Mellits and arranged by Jonathan Russell, who also composed music for the piece and served as the production's Musical Director. This excerpt illustrates Garrett and Moulton’s work with an 18-person movement choir, their 6 dance soloists, and an ensemble of 8 musicians.

Skip to My Hocket - Excerpt from"The Luminous Edge"

This is an excerpt of two dance sections from “The Luminous Edge,” choreographed by Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton and presented at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, September 18-21, 2014 and July 9-12, 2015. The music is composed and arranged by Jonathan Russell and features Russell playing bass clarinet with an ensemble of 7 musicians.

Excerpt from "The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories"

This excerpt is from Garrett and Moulton’s evening length production, “The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories” which was performed at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, April 16-19, 2009 and January 14-17, 2010. The music is composed and arranged by Jonathan Russell and is the first collaborative work between Russell and Garrett + Moulton Productions.

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Start and End Date

07/28/2016 - 07/31/2016

Location

San Francisco, California

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Last Updated September 30, 2016

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Garrett + Moulton Productions

San Francisco, California

Garrett + Moulton Productions is a San Francisco based performing arts organization that is co-directed by choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton. Dedicated to the presentation of live performances of dance and music, the company produces an annual home performance season, tours internationally, and offers an array of educational programs in San Francisco, throughout the...


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Jonathan Russell

Role: Composer

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