City Center Studio 4, 130 West 56 Street, 5th floor Tickets: $22; $12 for students & seniors Reservations: Smarttix 212/868-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Dancers: Elizabeth Brown, Madeline Deavenport, Emery LeCrone, Andrea Spiridonakos, Lauren Toole
Musicians: Erik Carlson, violin, and Melody Fader, piano
"The City Center Studios aren't glamorous, but Miro Magloire's concerts, complete with live, wondrously sophisticated music,can make you forget your surroundings; the man has his priorities straight." Claudia LaRocco, The New York Times, March 2009
It was in Miro Magloire's opening of the 2009-10 season of New Chamber Ballet during September 11 & 12 performances of works by Magloire and guest choreographer Constantine Baecher, an American dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet. The program will see the world premiere of a new, as yet untitled, work by Baecher, set to music by Martin Stauning, a former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet-turned composer.
The company welcomes dancer Andrea Spiridonakos, who returns to New york after several years as a featured dancer with Miami City Ballet. She danced solo roles in Balanchine's Rubies, Prodigal Son, Apollo, Serenade, and others; Myrta in Giselle; and in ballets by Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Trey McIntyre, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe. Originally from Connecticut, Andrea studied at the Nutmeg Conservatory and then SAB before joining Miami City Ballet.
Constantine Baecher, called "a welcome new voice" by Claudia La Rocco in The New York Times (September 2007) will once again create a new work for New Chamber Ballet, this time to music by young composer Martin Stauning. Born in Copenhagen in 1982, Stauning was educated at the Royal Danish Ballet, where he worked as a dancer until 2007. During that time he wrotye music for diverse ensembles, including the Royal Danish Orchestra. He is currently studying composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
By director Miro Magloire are four short works from 2008 and 2009: Romantic Pieces, a trio to Dvorak's Four Romanric Pieces for Violin and Piano, op.75;
Moments, a solo for Lauren Toole to music by prolific Sicilian composer Salvatore Sciarrino;
Echoes, to Anton Webern's Four Pieces for Vilin and Piano, op.7. The quintet premiered on a program that Roslyn Sulcas called "a thoughtful, engaging experience of dance." (The New York Times, March 31, 2009); Dreams, set to music by Miro, who began his artistic career in his native Germany as a composer and student at the Cologne Conservatory.
New Chamber Ballet will continue its 2009-10 season with performances at the City Center Studios in November and in 2010 (additional dates to be announced).