American premieres of Rejoice in the Lamb and Holderlin Fragments, with Illuminations and Unfinished Business
Artistic Director Richard Alston
Choreography by Richard Alston
Music by Benjamin Britten and W.A. Mozart
Performed live by
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Jason Ridgway, piano
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (Clarice Jensen, artistic director)
Vocal Accord (Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, director)
Richard Alston, dubbed by The Times of London “our most musical choreographer,” makes a triumphant return to Peak Performances after the enormous success of his last visit, when The New York Times named Richard Alston's Dance Company’s Unfinished Business as the year’s best dance performance. The 2014 engagement includes the American premieres of two glorious new works created for the Benjamin Britten centenary, Rejoice in the Lamb and Holderlin Fragments, along with the reprise of Unfinished Business and 1994’s Illuminations, set to Britten’s song cycle based on poems by Rimbaud. Live music for this very special performance is provided by rising star tenor Nicholas Phan; renowned pianist Jason Ridgway; vital new music group American Contemporary Music Ensemble; and Montclair State University’s own 24-voice choir, Vocal Accord.
85 minutes, one intermission.
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Rejoice in the Lamb was commissioned by The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, with production support from Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ). Unfinished Business Duet was commissioned by Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Holderlin Fragments was commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London.
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