listen out loud / move to keep things whole

With students from New York Theatre Ballet School and guest artists The Bang Group

Pictured: Dancers Mayu Oguri, Silken Kelly, Jacob Taylor / Photo: Whitney Browne

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th Street

Saturday, May 18, 8:00pm
Thursday, May 23, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 1, 8:00pm

Advance sales:$35 premium seating; $25 general; $20 students with ID/children
At the door:$40 premium seating; $30 general; $25 students with ID/children

My new ballet,listen out loud / move to keep things whole celebrates the women in my company (and one terrific guy), together with outstanding young dancers, seven girls aged 10–11, from one of New York City’s finest ballet schools. Together we explore themes of girlhood aspiring to womanhood; blindness and insight; women’s intimacies and solitude. I seek to highlight the dancers’ power, their brave vulnerability, their everyday heroism—how, in words by the poet Mark Strand that inspired one of the ballet’s musical scores, dancers always “move to keep things whole.” The ballet includes two scores byPauline Oliveros, a gentle matriarch of American experimental music: one of her Sonic Meditations (performed by the dancers), and herTuning Meditation(sung by the audience), in which the composer urges us to “listen out loud.” A commissioned score, Four Sonnets, by Alison Taylor Cheeseman, sets poems from across five centuries by and about women; while three chamber works by composerPaul Kerekesshowcase his signature juxtaposition of fiercely syncopated rhythms with pools of suspended tranquility.

The program also includes a guest appearance byThe Bang Group, in a New York premiere by David Parker, a recent revival by James Waring, and a new duet byAmber Sloanwith dancer Joshua Tuason. Looking forward to my company’s twentieth anniversary next year, I’ve been looking back too. David Parker and I got a start as choreographers on Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series in 1992 and have been friends and colleagues ever since. I’m delighted to share the stage with him again. It’s wonderful too that Phil Sandstrom, who designed lighting for us back in ’92, joins us for this project.

I hope to see you in the theater—and at our kosher wine bar before or after the show!