Emery LeCrone and Constantine Baecher Choreograph for MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet’s Spring Performances
Sought-After Choreographic Voices Show New Works to Local Audiences
Performance: Outside In at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Tickets $25; $5 Tickets for Teens (cash only)*
*Box Office only, day of performance
(WASHINGTON, DC) - MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet will bring two nationally renowned choreographers’ works to Montgomery County this April for “Outside In,” the company’s spring season performances. New York-based artist Emery LeCrone has received a New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship (2011-2012) and a New Essential Works Grant (2010) for her choreography. For this upcoming program she has created a world premiere piece for MOVEIUS set to selections of Max Richter’s album Recomposed. International award-winner Constantine Baecher also set his moving work “Viduity” on the company.
Both choreographers worked with MOVEIUS dancers for a brief, intensive period in late fall 2013 to create and set the works.
Ms. LeCrone has been previously commissioned to create new works for many esteemed institutions including the Juilliard School of Dance, the New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute and the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s prestigious Works & Process performing arts series among many others.
Her new work for MOVEIUS is a choreographic response inspired by Max Richter’s new compositions based on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Like the music, LeCrone’s choreography balances classical inspiration with a contemporary aesthetic - a perfect fit for MOVEIUS, the DC metro area's premier contemporary ballet company.
Ms. LeCrone described her four-day creative process with MOVEIUS as focused and exciting. “I always love beginning a new process because I feel like I learn as much as the dancers on the first day,” LeCrone said. “The dancers were so hungry for the material; it was easy to maintain focus.”
Choreographer Constantine Baecher also spent a focused period with the company to stage his work, “Viduity.” Mr. Baecher splits his time between New York and Copenhagen, where he previously danced with the Royal Danish Ballet and now runs the Cross Connection Ballet Company.
Mr. Baecher originally created “Viduity” for New York’s New Chamber Ballet as a reflection on the death of a family member. The emotional piece examines the grieving process. MOVEIUS’s performance of “Viduity” will mark the Washington-area premiere of the work.
Both choreographers praised MOVEIUS’s focus on bringing new works to local audiences. “That creates opportunities for choreographers, audiences and dancers,” LeCrone said.
“MOVEIUS expands on the traditional ballet vocabulary to create works that attract new audiences,” said Artistic and Executive Director Diana Movius. “MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet is the only DC-area ballet company that makes a regular practice of creating new, dancer-driven art works. Many of our pieces are choreographed by the ballet dancers themselves.”
Indeed, MOVEIUS’s “Outside In” will present Baecher’s and LeCrone’s works alongside premieres from local choreographers. MOVEIUS Associate Director Olivia Sabee will present a new work created in conjunction with Parallel Octave, a Baltimore-based improvisational chorus. MOVEIUS Rehearsal Director Kimberly Parmer will present a premiere set to an original score composed and performed by Juilliard-trained pianist Erh-Jen Lee. Plus the company will revisit Shelley Siller's recent work "In Flames."
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MOVEIUS will present “Outside In” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Tickets and information are available at www.moveiusdance.org.
About Tickets for Teens:
As part of MOVEIUS' mission to make high-quality contemporary ballet accessible to local audiences, the company debuted its Tickets for Teens program for its Montgomery College appearances this season. Students aged 13-19 can purchase any remaining seats for $5 (cash only) beginning 30 minutes before curtain, with a valid school or government ID. The program is designed to make contemporary ballet available to teens who are too old for children's programming, but too young to take advantage of more-common college discounts.
About Constantine Baecher - http://www.constantinebaecher.com
About Emery LeCrone - http://emerylecrone.com
About Guggenheim’s Works & Process Program - http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/education/works-and-process
About Parallel Octave - http://paroct.com