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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cedar Lake Videopalooza

by Susan Yung

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is celebrating 10 years! See previews of the works comprising three programs at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (June 11 to 14) in these clips, which show the range of choreography by some of the world's hottest dancemakers and the dancers' virtuosity and full throttle approach.

Orbo Novo by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
This evening-length work, inspired by Jill Bolte Taylor's memoir on having a stroke, is a search for the perfect balance between the left and right sides of the brain, an attempt at untangling the future and the past. Cedar Lake has made some fun travel vlogs; this one focuses on performances of Orbo Novo in Germany, with insights on the work by performers.

Necessity, Again by Jo Strømgren
A buoyant celebration of the moments between words when we set aside rationality and language and simply heed our emotions.

Grace Engine by Crystal Pite
Time connects human experiences, inexorably powering us forward. The dancing has flashes of narrative, as if the body were a cinematic device capable of jumpcuts and flashbacks.

Tuplet, by Alexander Ekman
The dancers listen to their own rhythmic impulses, using their bodies as percussion in this tour de force display.

Violet Kid, by Hofesh Shechter
Shechter also wrote the score for this work in which the dancers struggle to find harmony amid conflict and horror. Victims and aggressors advance, retreat, and find the grit to keep existing.

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