Excerpts from the world premiere of Tyondai Braxton’s Common Fate, performed by Alarm Will Sound at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO on May 26, 2016.
Tyondai Braxton’s Fly By Wire with Dance Heginbotham
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Alarm Will Sound premiered new music from Tyondai Braxton in St. Louis
Alarm Will Sound performed the world premiere of Tyondai Braxton’s Common Fate at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO on May 26, 2016, as part of Alarm System, a shared program of new works by Mira Calix, Rashad Becker, and Medeski, Martin and Wood. The four movements of Common Fate will be combined with the existing movements of Fly by Wire to create a 30-minute piece.
John Heginbotham will use the live recording of Common Fate to continue developing choreography for the expansion of Fly By Wire on his company of dancers, Dance Heginbotham. Rehearsals and development will continue throughout the fall and winter.
Photo of Dance Heginbotham rehearsing Fly By Wire. Photography by Janelle Jones, courtesy of The Watermill Center.
Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham will expand and complete their collaboration based on the music of Tyondai Braxton. In 2014, the first movement of Fly By Wire was premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, Braxton is expanding the work to include two more movements which we anticipate will be premiered in 2017 in New York City.
The first movement has already had further performances with dance in Seoul, South Korea, and several performances in the USA and Poland as a concert piece. The project therefore capitalizes on demonstrated success of Braxton’s music, Heginbotham’s choreography, and the collaboration between AWS and DH.
The project also increases the durability of interdisciplinary work happening today. The impact of contemporary performing arts is greater when it reaches different audiences; in this case, AWS would reach an audience primarily drawn to dance, and DH would reach an audience primarily drawn to new music.
Leading up to the choreographed premiere, Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham will do workshops in which the dance will be developed. This will call for a concert performance and recording in the early spring that can be used by the choreographer and dancers for development.
Both AWS and DH have a track record of realizing ambitious projects. We have already won significant funding for the completion of the work and anticipate a multi-performance premiere at a top-rank NYC presenter.
Start and End Dates
04/01/2017 — 06/30/2017
New York, New York