Composer Ursula Mamlok was born in Berlin to a Jewish family, and as a teenager fled from the Nazis, first to Ecuador and eventually to New York, where she established herself as a trailblazing musical voice. In 2006, Mamlok returned to live in Berlin, where she passed away last year at age 93.
New Chamber Ballet’s tribute presents seven chamber music works by Mamlok – Haiku Settings, Sintra, From My Garden, Five Intermezzi, Five Bagatelles, 2nd String Quartet, and Stray Birds – with original choreography ranging from ballet to contemporary dance, performed in the intimate rooms of a historic mansion on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park.
Musicians for the evening include the Momenta String Quartet, which was recently praised by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence,” soprano Cree Carrico, clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro, flutist Martha Cargo, and guitarist Daniel Lippel, who was called an “exciting soloist” by the New York Times and “precise and sensitive” by the Boston Globe.
Choreographers include Rebecca Walden and Mara Driscoll, who both trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and recently began to choreograph as a team, and artistic director Miro Magloire.
Originally trained in his native Germany as a composer, Magloire is known for his ballets to contemporary music and his collaborations with composers. “In Magloire’s world, music and dance are given equal weight, both visually and aurally. In Magloire’s world, small isn’t just beautiful, it expresses something of the divine.”
(Rachel Straus, Musical America, September 2013)