12.2 C
New York
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Could a ballet company turn dancing into a new art form?

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

This is what artistic director Gil Boggs hopes to gain from his company’s most recent venture, “Dance on Film.”

On Sept. 24 at a theater above the Schnitzer Sculpture Park in Portland, Ore., BalletX will debut a new work it calls “Evolution,” as well as “Dueture,” in which Erica Enriquez and Edward Hernandez are seen dancing together in the distance.

And there’s more in store. In April, when company members appeared onstage at the Oregon Ballet Theatre, they danced to music made by Bag&Baggage, a band comprising Edward Hernandez’s father, Alfonso Hernandez, the New York-based drummer, and Brad Fischetti, the percussionist. After three years of development, after an at-times wildly experimental process, “Evolution” is set to the group’s “Short Leaves, Long Clouds,” a work that was “choosed by Gil as we tick away on a schedule,” Ted Stepien, Bag&Baggage’s drummer, said. In other words, the newly conceived work looks as if it was created with the future in mind.

When it debuted earlier this month at the season opening gala of the Vermont Ballet in Burlington, Vt., those staging it were able to pull “Evolution” off not just with bravura dancing, but also with a pioneering move: actual video from past performances, such as the famous 1961 “Jazz Pas de Deux” from Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet “Swan Lake,” which will be seen moving seamlessly from the stage to the lounge in the back of the theater.

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Ending fetal tissue research suspension clears a hurdle

The Barack Obama administration has taken an early step toward ending the practice of using fetal tissue obtained from aborted fetal tissue research, ending...
- Advertisement -

Inside the Royal Wedding: Celebrities, pomp and circumstance, and a silent funeral

Many members of the Royal Family paid their respects to the late Prince Philip at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon. The Queen,...

Liam Scarlett, a British choreographer and dancer, dies in New York

Liam Scarlett, a major British choreographer and dancer, has died in New York.Mr. Scarlett, who was 35, died Thursday at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital...

In London, Helen McCrory, Emily Watson, and Michael Sheen talk about their tortured characters

The sound of one chandelier shaking the halls of Tate Modern was accompanied by strobe lights. Entering a somber, glassed-in room, I saw an...

Related news

Ending fetal tissue research suspension clears a hurdle

The Barack Obama administration has taken an early step toward ending the practice of using fetal tissue obtained from aborted fetal tissue research, ending...

Inside the Royal Wedding: Celebrities, pomp and circumstance, and a silent funeral

Many members of the Royal Family paid their respects to the late Prince Philip at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon. The Queen,...

Liam Scarlett, a British choreographer and dancer, dies in New York

Liam Scarlett, a major British choreographer and dancer, has died in New York.Mr. Scarlett, who was 35, died Thursday at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital...

In London, Helen McCrory, Emily Watson, and Michael Sheen talk about their tortured characters

The sound of one chandelier shaking the halls of Tate Modern was accompanied by strobe lights. Entering a somber, glassed-in room, I saw an...
- Advertisement -