Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: Icons and Echoes

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Showings

Carol Reichgut Concert Hall Sat, Apr 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Description

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Seton Hill University
7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018
(subject to change)

The pre-performance portion of the program begins at 7 p.m. and is
followed immediately by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performance.

Pre-performance Program

I.
Petite Mort Excerpts
Dance Production/Choreography: Jiri Kylián
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in A Major KV 488 (Adagio)
Piano Concerto in C Major KV 467 (Andante)
World Premiere: August 23, 1991; Nederlands Dans Theater, Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Germany

KURTIS SPROWLS, JAKE UNGER, LUCIUS KIRST,
YOSHIAKI NAKANO, COOPER VERONA, COREY BOURBONNIERE

First Duet – JOANNA SCHMIDT, LUCA SBRIZZI
Fifth Duet – JULIA ERICKSON, COOPER VERONA
Sixth Duet – GABRIELLE THURLOW, COREY BOURBONNIERE

Pianist: YOLAND COLLIN

Jirí Kylián created this work for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart’s death. He said that his choice of music – slow movements from two of Mozart’s most beautiful piano concertos – “should not be seen as a provocation or thoughtlessness – rather as my way to acknowledge the fact that I am living and working as part of a world where nothing is sacred, where brutality and arbitrariness are commonplace. It should convey the idea of two antique torsos, heads and limbs cut off – evidence of intended mutilation. This doesn’t destroy their beauty but reflects the spiritual power of their creator.” The choreography includes six men, six women and six foils, which visualize aggression, sexuality, energy, silence, cultivated senselessness and vulnerability. Petite mort, literally meaning “small death,” serves as paraphrase for orgasm in French and Arabic.

II.
PBT: New Works Excerpts
Choreography: Cooper Verona’s Thick White Sheets, Jessica McCann’s the silver line., JoAnna Schmidt’s Lightworks and Yoshiaki Nakano’s Infusion.
Performers: Seton Hill University students

In early April, Seton Hill students worked with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers and choreographers Cooper Verona, JoAnna Schmidt, Jessica McCann and Yoshiaki Nakano to learn excerpts from their choreography. Here, they’ll preview these works, which PBT dancers will perform in their entirety during this evening’s performance.


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Performance Program

I.
Thick White Sheets
Choreography: Cooper Verona

Music
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: In the Vespers
Hildur Guðnadóttir: Elevation
Colin Stetson: Spindrift
Jenny Hval: Conceptual Romance

Costume Design: Kaylee Flowers
Lighting Design: Andrew Hunt
Stage Manager: Alicia Reece

ALEXANDRA KOCHIS    AMANDA POTTS    EMILY SIMPSON    JOSEPH PARR

VICTORIA WATFORD    ALEJANDRO DIAZ    COREY BOURBONNIERE

ALEXANDER CASTILLO

Thick White Sheets sheds light on the role of circumstance in our lives.
Verona’s organic, natural movement style – based in energy rather than position
and form – animates the human search for control despite an essential
powerlessness. Past works for PBT include Walking With, brood and Gravitational
Embrace. Verona has also created By the Sky and Spring for PBT School and
Very Instinctual for Point Park University.

Pause


II.
the silver line.
Choreography: Jessica McCann

Music
Maya Beiser: Kinship; Ryuichi Sakamoto: Ubi; Anna Meredith: Nautilus

 Costume Design Lighting Design Stage Manager 
 Janet Marie Groom Andrew Hunt Alicia Reece 

Movement I
HANNAH CARTER    AMANDA COCHRANE
YOSHIAKI NAKANO    WILLIAM MOORE

MARISA GRYWALSKI    DANIELLE DOWNEY    TOMMIE KESTEN
JAKE UNGER    ALEXANDRE SILVA

Movement II
 HANNAH CARTER    YOSHIAKI NAKANO

Movement III
JAKE UNGER

Movement IV
FULL CAST

“With my ballet I wanted to show off the strength and skill in our company.
Placing my ideas and movement onto my fellow company members and dear friends
has been an exhilarating and challenging honor. I have my own ideas and story line
for my ballet, but simply put it’s inspired by and based upon the choices people make.
when I watch contemporary ballet, I don’t always like being told what the ballet’s
about – that puts my mind in a box. I prefer going on my own experience of the
work and seeing where my mind takes me – and what the music and movement are
saying. It’s always fun hearing what different people get out of watching
the same ballet. I sincerely hope you enjoy.” – Jessica McCann

McCann has choreographed since she was a teenager in college, choreographing on
students much older than she. Since then she has choreographed in summer program
showcases and most recently premiered works in Japan’s World Dream Gala.

Intermission

III.
Lightworks
Choreography: JoAnna Schmidt

Music
Jean-Jacques Perrey: Brazilian Flower
Harry Breuer: Minute Merengue
Dorothy Ashby: Valley of the Dolls Theme
Juan Garcia Esquivel: Amor Amor
Raymond Scott: Portofino 1
Jean-Jacques Perrey: Aqua Density
Walter Wanderley: It’s Easy to Say Goodbye
Perrey and Kingsley: Visa to the Stars
Raymond Scott: Portofino 2

 Costume Design Lighting Design Stage Manager 
 Joanna Becker Andrew Hunt Alicia Reece 


ALEXANDER CASTILLO     JULIA ERICKSON    CHAO YU CHIEH

ALEXANDRA KOCHIS    JOSEPH PARR    JAKE UNGER

COOPER VERONA


“What is the magic that makes one’s eyes
Sparkle and gleam, light up the skies
The name of the game is lightworks.”

From “Lightworks” by Raymond Scott



Pause


IV.
Infusion
Choreography: Yoshiaki Nakano

Music
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 11: III. Scherzo

Franz Schubert
Die liebe Farbe from Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795
Performed by Robert Murray and Andrew West

Franz Schubert
Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Arranged by Franui

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D 200: IV. Presto vivace

 Costume Design Lighting Design  Stage Manager 
 Jacqueline Wadowsky Andrew Hunt Alicia Reece 

    
HANNAH CARTER    JESSICA McCANN    DANIELA MOYA

ALEJANDRO DIAZ    MASAHIRO HANEJI
 

Described as “lively and detailed,” Nakano’s classical-leaning choreographic style
is based in a keenly observed understanding of the strengths of his fellow dancers.
With Infusion he plumbs his own expressive powers with the goal of creating a
physical version of the music for the stage. Nakano’s recent works include A Fellow Feeling, a 2016 work for PBT, and The Symphony, created in 2017 for PBT School.