1998 'Season of Premiers'

When: October 23, 24, 25
Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm

John Jay Theatre
Lincoln Center Area
899 Tenth Avenue at 59th Street

Dancers: Jacqulyn Buglisi, Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin, Donlin Foreman, Kevin Predmore, Stephen Pier, Virgini Mecene, Miki Orihara, Elizabeth Roxas, Jennifer DePalo, Lorena Egan, Jennifer Emerson
Guest: For opening night performance, Carmen De Lavellade;
Musicians: Concert pianist Brian Zeger
Cellist David Heiss (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
Production Stage Manager: Maxine Glorsky
Lighting Design: Jack Mehler, Clifton Taylor
Set Design: Debora Mache with Anke Erlenhoff

NY Times review

About the Program

Against All Odds (World Premiere) is a solo by Buglisi for Terese Capucilli based on the life of legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt. The great actress's tigress sexuality, dangerous beauty, and riveting energy will be expressed through dramatic gestures with biographical references that break into dance passages illuminating the roles she played with such reckless abandon. Included is text from Bernhardt's memoirs and writings;

Red Hills (World Premiere), a solo inspired by the portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz (recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum) and also by the letters and paintings of the artist herself. Danced by Jennifer DePalo, a recent recipient of the Princess Grace Award; choreographed by Buglisi;

From Pent-up, Aching Rivers (NY Premiere) a duet set to cello and piano by Rachmaninoff , performed live. Choreographer Foreman combines the weight and lyricism of the music with the intimate images brought out by Whitman's poem of the same title and the painting Night by Swiss artist Ferdinand Holder. With featured guest artist Carmen De Lavellade, danced by Miki Orihara and Stephen Pier;

So I May Say ... (NY Premiere) expounds on a theme of rising and falling movements. Using the strong sense of gravity: momentum carries the action forward. Choreographed by Foreman and danced by Christine Dakin to Rachmaninoff Cello and piano music played live, this work physically sings the music. The title is taken from the H.D. poem Epitaph (in her book End to Torment);

Goat Song (World Premiere) Brahms and Schumann piano pieces accompany a world of satyrs and nymphs, led by the sensuous Terese Capucilli and passionate Donlin Foreman. Performed to live music, this piece creates poetic and highly tactile work which submerges technique and subordinates it to the beauty and strength of emotional content;

The program is completed by Buglisi's Frida, premiered last season and set to music by Tobias Picher, Villa Lobos and Arvo Part, with text taken from the writings of Frida Kahlo. Guest Artist Elizabeth Roxas joins Capucilli and Dakin in this ballet which ...portrays the sadness, sensuality, and soul of this inspired woman...in...absorbing and unusually poignant segments of artist Frida Kahlo's life. (Phyllis Goldman, Back Stage)

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