To start with, the troupe's performance at The Egg on Saturday at 8 p. This fall, the company presents a special program as part of a monthlong series of events marking the 25th anniversary of the University at Albany's College of Arts and Sciences. The concert on Sept. In between the two shows, the choreographer and her dancers will be at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli for their annual residency, working on two new multimedia pieces. Along with highlighting Bernstein, Saturday's concert serves as a mini retrospective of sorts, Sinopoli said, spanning a decade of work beginning around Sinopoli is particularly pleased to be restaging "Counterflow," a dance set to Bernstein's "Symphony 2, Age of Anxiety.
Alexandre Achour works as a choreographer and performer. Simonetta Alessandri, London. She has been a guest teacher in more than ten countries. Nora Amin is a performer, choreographer, writer and theatre director.
A man and a woman begin at opposite corners of a white floor. She is naked except for a white fur coat; he is also nude, except for a black one. Crouching, convulsing, they slither out of the coats, meet in the middle and connect. But always they repose in a mirror image: lying atop each other head to crotch and crotch to head, or he standing and she clinging to him upside down. Billed as a " re Presentation" of last year's "Study 7," the current version looks substantially like what anyone who saw those performances would vividly remember, but with a new coda.
The stark set, bathed in dark azure, suggests the platform for a ritual in which the dancers, in pure white costumes, are like statues from an ancient classical frieze come to life in the moonlight. Great strength and restraint are called for in the execution of the mesmerizing choreography. There is a tension between symmetry and asymmetry, poise and disjuncture, that builds in unity with the music to the closing moment when all four ascends the steps to Parnassus and we breathe a sigh of fulfilment. The danger in opening a mixed program with Apollo is that it will overshadow all that follows. But Night , the second piece in the program, succeeds by being something completely different.