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Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studio 4

- Onstage with the Dancers

New Chamber Ballet
www.newchamberballet.com
Artistic Director: Miro Magloire
Dancers: Elizabeth Brown, Kfir Danieli, Christin Hanna,
Damien Johnson, Denise Small, Emily Vonne SoRelle, Lauren Toole
Musicians: Erik Carlson, Melody Fader
Press: AudreyRossPub@aol.com

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 11, 2007


Adue: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Danced by Denise Small and Lauren Toole, Costumes by Candice Thompson. New Chamber Ballet is a gem of a Company, with uncluttered choreography, a live pianist (and sometimes a violin), and performances in the characteristic setting of a hidden space at City Center, replete with scrolled moldings, an old, wooden door, and a level, wooden stage. Miro Magloire, founder and Artistic Director of New Chamber Ballet, was born in Munich and studied dance at the Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, and Peridance School.

Adue, an elegant work for duo female dancers, was accompanied expertly by Melody Fader on piano, playing both her part and that of the violin, which was absent due to a schedule conflict. In fact, Ms. Fader created all musical accompaniment tonight, and, as she is a dancer, as well, Ms. Fader fits into the onstage imagery with elegance and fused, impassioned musicality. The score, by Salvatore Sciarrino, was impressionistic. The dancing was exquisite, with Candice Thompson’s white/black costumes and Magloire’s melancholy, outstretched movement, followed by a sense of wonder and joy. One dancer is featured at a time, with one falling to the floor into an egg-like pose, and the other returning and encircling her. Eventually, both dancers are together, unconnected, reaching and touching the stage to the echoing piano chords. They finally fall with malaise.


Reflection: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Miro Magloire (Reflections), Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Danced by Denise Small, Costume by Candice Thompson. This solo for Denise Small features Miro Magloire’s composition as well as his choreography. In a purple leotard, Ms. Small stretches to the rafters, as the soft, melodic score follows and merges with stark silence. Ms. Small turns en pointe, as the charming and contemplative work unfolds.


Spring: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sonata in D major, K311), Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Danced by Elizabeth Brown, Christin Hanna, and Kfir Danieli, Costumes by Candace Thompson. With red/black leotards and tights, Spring is as bubbly as champagne. The Israeli-born, Kfir Danieli, a dancer with the Met Opera Ballet, who used to dance with Alabama Ballet, is a riveting presence onstage and an artist to watch. This Magloire work included generous partnering and opportunities for the dancers to physically connect. At various junctures, one dancer would observe the others, and then join in with regal gestures. I was particularly drawn to Christin Hanna, who exuded affect and artistry. Mr. Danieli had a defined torso and muscularity, and his solos were captivating.


Viduity: Choreography by Constantine Baecher, Music by Leos Janácek (Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 From the Street), Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Danced by Elizabeth Brown, Christin Hanna, Denise Small, and Emily Von SoRelle, Costumes by Candice Thompson. In long, black backless dresses, falling, wrenching, and tumbling with handkerchiefs, four female dancers personified the distillation of grief. The Janácek score drove the angst and anguish, and Constantine Baecher’s choreography was evocative of Graham’s signature motif. The dancers removed long skirts and danced in leotards, as if to unpeel surface imagery and reveal themselves in all their emotions and somatic pain. There was sharp arm motion, toward the dancers’ backs, for taut torsos and a sophisticated style.

Kudos to Miro Magloire, Constantine Baecher, Melody Fader, and the Company of six.



New Chamber Ballet
Adue
Denise Small
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Lodoen Linder



New Chamber Ballet
Adue
Denise Small and Lauren Toole
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Lodoen Linder



New Chamber Ballet
Spring
Elizabeth Brown
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Lodoen Linder



New Chamber Ballet
Viduity
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Lodoen Linder



New Chamber Ballet
Viduity
Emily Vonne SoRelle and Denise Small
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Lodoen Linder



New Chamber Ballet, Post-Concert
Photo Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net