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Stray Bird

An evening of dances to music by composer Ursula Mamlok

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Posted on May 31, 2018 by New Chamber Ballet
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STRAY BIRD premiered in October 2017 in New York, and subsequently toured to Germany. Take a look behind the scenes with this documentary, featuring performance and rehearsal footage and artist interviews.

Then stay tuned while we confirm our spring 2019 performance dates, both in New York and on tour – details to be announced soon!


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)

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New Chamber Ballet: Stray Bird (excerpts), a collaborative work with dancers, singer, and live music (2017)
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This video shows a series of excerpts from the world premiere of Stray Bird in October of 2017, inside a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The performers are the dancers of New Chamber Ballet, Cree Carrico (soprano), the Momenta String Quartet, Martha Cargo (flute), and Carlos Cordeiro (clarinet).

Recommended viewing: to get an idea of the stylistic range, it is recommended to view two excerpts:
0:00 – 0:45 – opening duet, contemporary choreography.
3:52 – 6:45 – interactions with dancers and singer; choreography on pointe.

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Praised by the New York Times as “one of the small-scale delights of the New York Dance Scene,” New Chamber Ballet is a group of dancers and musicians dedicated to performing modern ballets to contemporary chamber music. The company boasts a repertoire that includes over seventy ballets by founder and chief choreographer Miro Magloire, as…

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