“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” -Martha Graham
Did you hear?
Happy what-would-have-been 120th bday to Martha. Your legend, company, and words live on.
If you are in St. Louis, TONIGHT is the LAST CHANCE to get tickets for St. Louis Ballet’s Contemporary Series The show features four pieces; two world premeires- one from former New York City Ballet Principal and returning guest choreographer Christopher D’Amboise– yes that’s the son of Jaques D’amboise, Director of the National Dance Institute and guy who said this: “Each performance is your closing and it’s your opening night”
Very true for the dancers, Mr. Jaques but for the audiences- this is it! This is the closing. I don’t believe that st. Louis Ballet is performing an excerpt from Mr. D’amboise’s premiere at Spring to Dance so it may go into that company repertoire folder for who-knows-how-long before it sees the light of stage gels again. I am telling you St. Louisans, GO TO THIS SHOW! Do not let it slip away unnoticed. It was the most stunning thing I have ever seen come out of this company; humorous, inventive, atmospheric, diverse, and performed with chilling and exhilarating execution. Here are previews of rehearsal from St. Louis Ballet’s website:
I will be writing a full review after we’ve all seen the sights.
If you are not in St. Louis and are perhaps in the New York area, it is your last night to catch Spark Movement Collective’s new work; Eavesdropped at 9:30 pm at Dixon Place.
Here’s a little description and a video preview from the subway station:
Spark Movement Collective presents “Eavesdropped,” (get tickets here or at the door) an evening-length dance performance that dives head first into the quirky things that people say when they think no one is paying attention. Artistic Director Chelsea Koenig and Spark partner up with graphic designer Bennett Beckenstein, composer Bryan Teoh, and musical artist RobertCop for a multi-faceted show.
I am admittedly a big fan of SMC Artistic Director- Chelsea Koenig with whom I’ve had the supreme privilege of working with. Her choreography is reflective of many of the qualities that she possesses as a human; personable, quirky, funny, intelligent, and beautiful with the feeling of trying too hard. She has a truly keen eye for the structuring of group work and the ability to manipulate music and bodies into a delightful and surprising experience.
If you don’t take my word for it- take Martha’s; don’t let it slip away, unnoticed. To the dancers, may “the exhilaration go on constant, still in the morning the next day and may you be excited and yet never know if you can perform again Each performance is your closing and opening night” (the full JD’A quote) .xo-your fan, Jess