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Monday, October 15, 2018

In Context: Everywhere All the Time

Photo: Travis Magee

Seán Curran Company comes alive to the beat of a drum in celebration of their 20th anniversary. With live accompaniment from Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion, this landmark evening of Curran’s new and classic choreography highlights the primordial nature of percussion. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles, videos, podcasts, and more. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Faith, Reason, and Dance (The New Yorker)
Since the beginning of his career, dancer and choreographer Seán Curran has asked questions of faith, reason, and humanity. These inquiries bring “so much life in his movement, which he has transferred expertly to his company.”

Lime Green Unitards, And the Child Within (The New York Times)
''One day I decided I wanted to make a dance as loose, free and spontaneous as [my nieces and nephews’] drawings.'' The result? Seán Curran’s 2000 work “Abstract/Concrete,” which will be reimagined for the company’s 20th anniversary performance at BAM Next Wave.

Interview with Diana Balmori (American Society of Landscape Architects)
The late Diana Balmori was so taken by Curran’s Dream’d in a Dream that she insisted on designing a visual, interactive component for his next work, Everywhere All the Time. She noted, “I think this sense of invention, of not knowing how my landscapes are going to be used is exciting. People use spaces in ways I hadn’t imagined. I love that.”

Watch & Listen

Third Coast Percussion: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (YouTube)
Third Coast Percussion performs their latest, water-inspired arrangements with “precision and subtlety” for NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

Dream’d in a Dream: Behind The Scenes at BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival (YouTube)
Seán Curran Company met the electrifying Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt during the company’s cultural exchange as part of BAM’s DanceMotion USA. In Dream’d in a Dream, that auspicious meeting bears a new work that brilliantly melds American and Kyrgyz styles.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. It was so very good. Especially loved the stomp-esque number. Thank you BAM.

  2. What a wonderful evening of dance and music! Seán’s dancers move with exceptional clarity and virtuosity yet apparently with no tension. Their sense of ease with each other draws the audience into their world. Everywhere All the Time flows across the space, with sparkling moments of solos that bubble up like geysers or waterspouts from the sea. “Surround sound” live music from the Third Coast percussionists in four locations bathed the audience with evocative music, contributing to our total immersion. Quadrabox Redux, the body percussion quartet, was originally created by Tigger Benford and Martha Partridge as a duet in 1991. Last night it was a brilliantly performed quartet by Seán, Tigger, Martha, and Benjamin Freedman. It was a great complement to the other two pieces, with welcome moments of humor. Abstract Concrete drew on company movement vocabulary since 2000, and reflected the squiggles and lines of young children’s crayon drawings, with all the idiosyncrasy and surprise of that genre. A big bravo to all!

  3. The music and dancing created overtones of images and sound. I enjoyed the it very much


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