October 24-25, 2019 Boston Ballet // BB@home
Featuring Joy Womack (choreography), Sangmin Lee, Nina Matiashvili, Lily Price
October 5-6, 2019 So&So // Brooklyn Army Terminal
Featuring Or Meir Schraiber (choreography), Madison Doyle, Kris Lee, Lynnette Paz
What might an improvised ballet look and sound like?
Improvisation may be a defining feature of genres such as jazz and blues, but with rare exception, it is foreign to symphonic music. Historical reasons aside, there are practical reasons for this that become apparent as soon as you attempt to turn a symphony orchestra into an improvising ensemble. Quite simply, it presents novel challenges – and these only multiply when you add improvising dancers into the mix. Nevertheless, when I was asked to compose a ballet, the question of improvisation lingered in my mind, and BLUEPRINT emerged as a playful response to that question. I have composed this ballet to create a context for possibilities. Each movement, distinct in flavor, has been structured to enable cued improvisations throughout. My aim is simple: to grant dancers and orchestra the freedom to spontaneously create in response to each other.
Past Performance Program Notes
October 24-25, 2019
Boston Ballet // BB@home
Choreography: Joy Womack
Dancers: Sangmin Lee, Nina Matiashvili, Lily Price
The Artists // Program Notes
Womack was formerly principal dancer for Kremlin Ballet Theatre (Moscow) and Universal Ballet (Seoul). Trained at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Womack was among the very first American ballerinas to be invited to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow). Awards include the grand prize at Bari Ballet Competition (Italy) and a silver medal at the International Ballet Competition (Bulgaria). Lead roles in productions include Giselle, The Nutcracker, and One Thousand and One Nights.
World Premiere October 5-6, 2019
So&So // Brooklyn Army Terminal
Dancers: Madison Doyle, Kris Lee, Lynnette Paz
Choreographic Direction: Or Meir Schraiber
Conductor: Daniel Zinn
Ensemble: So&So 25-piece orchestra
Lighting Design: LowRes
The Artists // Program Notes
Violinist and conductor Daniel Zinn debuted with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in 2008, and has toured throughout Israel as a recitalist. After moving to New York to study with Aaron Rosand, Zinn founded So&So, a Brooklyn-based symphonic collective that recontextualizes classical music in non-traditional spaces.
Or Meir Schraiber trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Upon graduating, he danced with the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company for seven years before moving to New York. He co-choreographed and starred in Boaz Yakin’s film ‘AVIVA’, and toured nationally in ‘The Band’s Visit’. Schraiber has appeared in numerous music videos and short films, including collaborations with Yemen Blues, Netta Barzilai, and Celia Rowlson-Hall.