MORPHOSES TO GIVE BACCHAE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE JOYCE THEATER
A multi-disciplinary production, created by choreographer Luca Veggetti, will inaugurate the company's bold shift to an innovative, project-based structure
Six performances: October 25-30, 2011
New York, NY - On October 25th 2011, Morphoses will unveil Resident Artistic Director Luca Veggetti's Bacchae, an original, multi-disciplinary production based on the play by Euripides, as part of The Joyce Theater's fall season.
Using Euripides' tension-fraught tragedy as the focal point for a dynamic exploration of how dance, music, acting, puppetry and groundbreaking sound technology can interact onstage, Mr. Veggetti's aim is to create a meaningful new work that challenges the boundaries of dance and, by extension, his role as a choreographer. With the participation of twelve talented dancers chosen by audition, award-winning Italian composer Paolo Aralla, lighting designer Roderick Murray, dramaturge Luca Scarlini and the world-renowned flautist Erin Lesser, Bacchae is the very first of what promises to be a fascinating series of inventive dance-centered productions issuing from Morphoses' innovative new project-based model.
In an inspired departure from the single artistic director model subscribed to by virtually every other dance company, Morphoses has positioned itself as a visionary force eager to usher the dance world into a new era of collaborative development. By establishing the annually rotating role of Resident Artistic Director, Morphoses aspires to serve as a vehicle for emerging talent and simultaneously establish itself as a platform for cutting-edge choreographic initiatives. Morphoses seeks to bridge the divide between dance and other performing and visual arts while keeping a proverbial ear to the ground where new film, sound and lighting technologies are concerned. Talented artists with strong, complementary backgrounds are brought together to converge around an idea set forth by the Resident Artistic Director. The result, as evidenced with Luca Veggetti's Bacchae, is a vibrant interdisciplinary alliance that highlights the versatility of dance as well as the plurality in which the choreographic process can exist.
Tues. 10/25, 7:30pm / Wed. 10/26, 7:30pm / Thu. 10/27, 8pm /
Fri. 10/28, 8pm / Sat. 10/29, 8pm / Sun. 10/30, 2pm
Tickets for these performances start at $10 and can be arranged by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org
NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.
Founded in 2007, Morphoses is a non-profit dance company whose mission is to revitalize dance as an art form by fostering new creative possibilities through multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration.
Breaking away from the traditional single artistic director model, Morphoses conceives itself as a laboratory for innovation where a rotating team of creative individuals converge on an annual basis around the vision of a designated Resident Artistic Director. Each year a new Resident Artistic Director is invited to bring his or her performance idea to fruition in a collaborative setting specifically designed to provide the time, space and resources essential to the development of that idea.
Throughout the year, Morphoses endeavors to deliver insight into the creative process by organizing a variety of events for the general public. Collectively, these MorphosesInsights aim to articulate the evolution of the Resident Artistic Director's idea through lecture-demonstrations, master classes, open rehearsals and overall access to the collaborating artists. Morphoses' unique residencies culminate in the presentation of a finished multi-disciplinary work during the company's annual season in New York.
Before adopting its dynamic new model, Morphoses performed at some of the world's preeminent performing arts venues under the artistic direction of Christopher Wheeldon and commissioned work from a number of leading designers, composers and artists including: Pontus Lidberg, Jessica Lang, Narciso Rodriguez, Joby Talbot, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Emily Molnar, Francisco Costa, Los Carpinteros and Martha Wainwright, among others.
LUCA VEGGETTI, RESIDENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Luca Veggetti was born in Bologna, Italy and trained under I. Glowacka and G. Popescu at La Scala Milan. After a career as a dancer at London Festival Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet Chicago, Mr. Veggetti started an on-going collaboration working as a choreographer and assistant to stage director/designer Pier Luigi Pizzi, presenting works in Europe's most important theatres with prestigious musical ensembles. In 1999, he was the first Italian of the 20th century to be invited to work with the legendary Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg. He has participated in two sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute and created multiple pieces for Works & Process at the Guggenheim. His recent work includes an invitation to stage an evening dedicated to Hosokawa at the Saarbrucken festival for new music in Germany, direction and design for the Japanese premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's opera Hanjo in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and direction, design and choreography for the US premieres of both Iannis Xenakis' Oresteia and Finish composer Kaija Saariaho's full-length dance piece Maa at the Miller Theater in New York. Mr. Veggetti's future engagements include new pieces for the Juilliard School in New York, Perm Ballet in Russia and the French premiere of his production Maa at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
PAOLO ARALLA, COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER
Paolo Aralla was born in Lecce (Italy) in 1960. He studied symphonic-choral repertoire with Marcel Couraud and composition with Franco Donatoni. He has won several awards in international competitions for composition, including: Gaudeamus in Amsterdam (1990), "C. Togni" in Brescia (1990), "Contilli" in Messina (1995) and was a selection of the Reading Committee of The Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris (1997). Mr. Aralla has also received commissions from the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, The Venice Biennale and the Miller Theater in New York. His music has been played by important musicians and ensembles throughout the world and he has composed music for several of Luca Veggetti's staged works, including: Silence/Text, "O" - new version, Ensemble for Somnabulists, Four/Voice, Play for Dancer, Memory/Measure, Upon a Ground, Script and Nothing. Mr. Aralla is co-Artistic Director with Francesco La Licata of EXITIME, a concert series devoted to the contemporary musical experience, founded in Bologna in 2002 with the FontanaMIX ensemble. He also teaches composition and technology in music at the Conservatory "GB Martini" in Bologna.
RODERICK MURRAY, LIGHTING DESIGNER
Roderick Murray's Lighting designs have been seen nationally and internationally since 1992, through the works of many choreographers, performance artists and theater events. He has been working for over six years with the renowned dancer Kimberly Bartosik in the creation of her own highly-acclaimed choreographic works. Also he has had the great pleasure to collaborate with Benjamin Millepied on nearly all of his choreographic productions with such companies as American Ballet Theatre and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève in such international venues as Maison de la Danse, Sadler's Wells, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and locally at Florence Gould Hall and the Joyce Theater. Future work will include a piece at the Paris Opera. In addition, Mr. Murray as worked on seven major projects with choreographer Wally Cardona which have been seen at such venues as BAM and The Joyce Theater and in such cities as Cannes, Portland OR, Montreal, London and Budapest. Mr. Murray is indebted to Cardona with whom he received a Bessie award for his lighting design of Trance Territory. He is also excited about his recent collaboration with the dance artist Luca Veggetti, described as "medieval darkness." Together they have created performances in New York at The Joyce Theater, Miller Theater and the Guggenheim Museum. Mr. Murray has toured extensively as the production manager for such companies as Tharp!, Lucinda Childs, John Jasperse and Neil Greenberg. Prior to dedicating himself full time to design, he performed for nine years with the award winning Circus Amok.
LUCA SCARLINI, PLAYWRIGHT - TEXT ADAPTATION & DRAMATURGY
Luca Scarlini is a teacher, playwright, performance artist and essayist. He currently teaches for the Fine Arts Academy Milano and also offers courses at the Maison del la Bellone in Brussels. He has collaborated on projects with Sylvano Bussotti, Luisa Cortesi, Nora Chipaumire, Francesca Della Monica, Nathacha Nicora and many other artists. Mr. Scarlini has worked as a playwright for Luca Veggetti for two recent productions in Milan in between publishing a book on Vatican fashion and curating a series of performing arts exhibitions at such venues as Guggenheim Venice.
ERIN LESSER, FLAUTIST
Hailed by The New York Times as a "superb flautist", Erin Lesser has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe, China, Brazil and the United States. She is a member of Argenta Chamber Ensemble, Due East, Scarborough Trio and the Wet Ink Ensemble and was recently appointed the new flautist for Alarm Will Sound. Ms. Lesser also completed a two-year fellowship with The Academy - A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and The Weill Music Institute, and continues to perform with Ensemble ACJW as an alumni member. She has performed at music festivals and in concert series including: Kilkenny Arts Festival, Shanghai International Electra Acoustic Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Fesitval, International Spectral Music Conference in Istanbul, SEAMUS, NY Microtonal Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in LA, Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series in New York and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago. Ms. Lesser is a Pearl Flute Performing Artist.