Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alessandra Ferri, star of the Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and La Scala Theatre Ballet, unites with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo and renowned pianist Bruce Levingston to collaborate on a wholly unique artistic experience.
Trio Concert Dance is a thoughtful expression of the encounter between music and dance. Helmed by Ferri, legendary veteran of a 27-year ballet career, Trio Concert Dance sets groundbreaking standards and possibilities for the physicality and musicality of expression and art.
The stirring interplay between sound and silence, movement and stasis, transports the audience to a transcendent place, where a unique relationship between piano and body is imaginatively portrayed. Indeed, the extraordinary interdependence between musical notes and human movement – languages that live in a dimension without access to words – is explored to the point that one cannot help but imagine the dancers’ bodies when the piano is solo and, by contrast, imagine the piano when the dancers are moving in silence.
The unique program was conceived by Alessandra Ferri, Herman Cornejo, and pianist Bruce Levingston. All three artists share their unique and personal experience of the music to create an intimate encounter with dance and reveal the inextricable bond between the two art forms.
Commissioned work has been created by five of the most exciting choreographers on the scene today: Russell Maliphant, Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre; Demis Volpi, former Resident Choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet; Stanton Welsh, Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet; the beautifully original Fang-Yi Sheu of Taiwan; and Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. There is also work by French choreographer Angelin Prejlocaj and a journey through the musical worlds of György Ligeti, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti and Philip Glass.
The premiere of Trio Concert Dance took place on 1 March 2016 at The Joyce Theatre, New York.
PROGRAM (60 minutes, no intermission)
György Ligeti, Musica Ricercata No. 1
FLAIR Choreography: Demis Volpi Music: György Ligeti, Musica Ricercata No. 2 Philip Glass, Étude No. 2
MOMENTUM Choreography: Herman Cornejo Music: Philip Glass, Étude No. 16 ©1999 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. Used by Permission. Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in A minor, K. 54 PAVANE Choreography : Stanton Welch AM, music Maurice Ravel ,Pavane pour une Infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) Erik Satie, Gnossienne No. 4
J. S. Bach, Arrangement for piano by Alexander Siloti, Prelude in B minor
SENZA TEMPO Choreography: Fang-Yi Sheu Music: J. S. Bach, Gottes Zeit ist die Allerbeste Zeit, transcribed by György Kurtag
Philip Glass, Etude No. 5 and No. 6
ENTWINE Choreography: Russell Maliphant Music: Philip Glass, Metamorphosis Two ©1988 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne in B at minor, Op. 9, No. 1
pas de deux from LE PARC, Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj Music: W. A. Mozart, Adagio from Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488