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.