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Time forever dividing itself toward innumerable futures

French horn score to site-specific choreography, exploring tensions in classical ballet/modern dance, natural/unnatural, and past/present.

Overview

On June 18 and 19, 2019, as part of the River To River Festival, an original score by composer Ted Hearne will premiere in a new work by Pam Tanowitz, entitled Time forever dividing itself toward innumerable futures. The first site-specific work the choreographer has presented, Tanowitz’s piece is a collaboration with New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns. Joined by an ensemble comprised of regulars and New York City Ballet guests, the group will become part of the tranquil landscape of Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. Tanowitz will explore the tensions between the legacies of classical ballet versus modern dance, the natural world versus the unnatural, and the past versus the present. In a nod to her mentor, David Gordon’s Muybridge Solo will be embedded within the choreography.

The 20-minute work will be performed twice each night, featuring dancers Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley, courtesy of New York City Ballet, and Reid Bartelme, Jason Collins, Zachary Gonder, Victor Lozano, and Melissa Toogood. Hearne’s original score will feature five musicians and himself as vocalist. The instrumentation will include four French horns, electric guitar, and voice with live electronic processing. The music explores and enhances the themes and tensions discussed above, using the warm, blended, old-world sound of the French horns as a bed, canvas, and even provocateur, for the electronically-powered sounds of electric guitar and processed vocals.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has been producing and presenting the River To River Festival — the most important annual public arts festival in Lower Manhattan — for over a decade. The promotional strategy around this premiere will use a multi-pronged approach, and include a festival-wide press release, e-blasts to our mailing list of 50,000+ subscribers, campaigns across our social media channels, media in national, regional, and local news outlets, direct mailings to targeted individuals and organizations throughout Manhattan, and public relations in partnership with the PR firm Sacks & Co. Closer to the performance dates, the dancers and musicians will have access to LMCC’s rehearsal space at 125 Maiden Lane and to Rockefeller Park, in preparation for the performance run.

In keeping with the Festival ethos and tradition, all performances of this work will be free and open to the public, sparking the imaginations of hundreds of audience members, made up of residents and visitors alike. The funds from New Music USA will go towards the commissioning, rehearsal, and performance fees for Hearne and the musicians.

Project Media

Furtive Movements
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Features: Ted Hearne

Composed by Ted Hearne, recorded at Oktaven Audio. Ashley Bathgate on cello, Ron Wiltrout on drums/percussion.
Selected by Hearne as an example of propulsive and varied instrumental work that melds a variety of stylistic influences.

Letter to my Father
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Features: Ted Hearne

Colorado Public Radio Classical hosts Roomful of Teeth in the CPR Performance Studio on January 17, 2017.
Ted Hearne’s Letter to my Father (4th movement), from Coloring Book. Conducted by Brad Wells.
Selected by Hearne as an example of his vocal writing.

By-By Huey
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Features: Ted Hearne

Composed by Ted Hearne, for six instruments. Performed by eighth blackbird.
Selected by Hearne as an example of propulsive and varied instrumental work that melds a variety of stylistic influences.

Start and End Dates

06/18/201906/19/2019

Location

New York, New York

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Los Angeles, California

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