2016 Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival: Performance Program

The following dances will be performed at 6 pm at the Nantucket High School Auditorium on July 22 and July 23. Ticket prices are $45, $60 and $85, with discounts for senior citizens and children. Tickets will be available beginning July 1 at the library or online.

La Chasse

Music: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Franz Shubert
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan
Premiere: 2014, Pennsylvania Ballet

Lauren Fadeley & Alexander Peters
Pennsylvania Ballet

La Chasse Excerpt (2 minutes)

Notes: Pennsylvania Ballet choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan created La Chasse (French for “The Hunt”) for the company’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2014. It is Neenan’s 15th work for the ballet company, which he created for Lauren Fadeley Veyette and Alexander Peters. Inspired by a 1911 Albert Gleizes painting of the same name, La Chasse aims to capture the painting’s sharp architecture and moody feeling, as well as the steady driving force of its Schubert score.

Pas de Deux from Chroma

Music: by Joby Talbot, Jack White III
Choreography: Wayne McGregor
Lighting: Lucy Carter
Premiere: 2006, Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson & Eric Underwood
Royal Ballet

Wayne McGregor & Joby Talbot Discuss Creating Chroma (4:11 minutes)

Notes: Wayne McGregor’s Chroma explores the drama of the human body and its ability to communicate extremes of thought and emotion. The score is drawn from original music by Joby Talbot and his arrangements of music by American rock band The White Stripes.

Chroma premiered in 2006 at the Royal Opera House and received an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2007. Its success paved the way for McGregor’s appointment as Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. A popular favorite with audiences and critics, Chroma is a classic of contemporary ballet.

Pas de Deux from Qualia

Music: Scanner
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Lighting: Lucy Carter
Premiere: 2004, Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson & Eric Underwood
Royal Ballet

Notes: Qualia, meaning a raw and sensory experience, marked choreographer Wayne McGregor’s debut on The Royal Opera House stage. Featuring a sensorial pas de deux that was originally created for Edward Watson and Leanne Benjamin, Qualia was most recently performed by Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood as part of the Youth America Grand Prix 2015 “Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow” Gala at the Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York City.

Romeo et Juliette Balcony Scene

Music: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, 1935-1936, Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Costume Design: JĂ©rĂ´me Kaplan
Lighting: Dominique Drillot
Premiere: 1996, Le Ballets de Monte Carlo

Lesley Rausch & Jerome Tisserand
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet Romeo Et Juliette Trailer (1 minute)

Notes: Jean-Christophe Maillot, choreographer and director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, retells William Shakespeare’s classic story in a contemporary way. Rather than focusing on the themes of political-social opposition between the two feuding clans, this Romeo and Juliet highlights the dualities and ambiguities of adolescence. The pair is torn between contradictory impulses, between tenderness and violence, fear and pride, the lovers are caught in the throes of a tragedy that exemplifies their youth and the extreme emotions and internal conflicts that characterize that time of life.

Cylindrical Shadows

Music: Concerto in D Minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974/11, 1713-1714, “Adagio”; Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, circa 1720, Sarabande; Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, circa 1689, “When I am laid in earth” and “With drooping wings ye Cupids come, ” David van Bouwel,  Johann Sebastian Bach, and Henry Purcell.
Annabel Lopez Ochoa
Costume Design: Christine Joly de Lotbiniere
Lighting: Michael Mazzola
Premiere: 2011, Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance

Lesley Rausch, James Moore, Jerome Tisserand;
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Patric Palkens
Cincinnati Ballet

Lauren Fedeley, Alexander Peters
Pennsylvania Ballet

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa discusses her inspiration for Cylindrical Shadows (3:12 minutes)

Notes: Choreographer Annabel Lopez Ochoa says that Cylindrical Shadows grew from a moment on a crowded train in Holland when she received a phone call with the news a fellow dancer and friend had died suddenly at 33 years old.  Of this piece about disturbance, disruptions, and how we survive them, Lopez Ochoa says, “I personally believe that there is no difference between life and death; they are not opposite, as we are taught to believe. They are both part of a single continuum—the continuum of life.”

Invisible Divide

Music: Ellis Ludwig-Leone
Choreography: Troy Schumacher
Source Photography: Paul Maffi
Costume Design: Troy Schumacher
Lighting: Brandon S. Baker
Premiere: 2015, BalletCollective

Isabella Boylston, Calvin Royal; Skylar Brandt,
April Giangeruso, Katherine Williams
American Ballet Theatre

An excerpt from Invisible Divide (2:03 minutes)

Notes: Choreographer Troy Schumacher and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone collaborate frequently and asked fashion art photographer Paul Maffi to create a series of character-driven images for them use as the basis of a new work. The result is a series of seven songs and three interludes exploring a deep sense of introspection and connectedness.

New Work

Music: Franz Liszt after Shubert
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Premiere: 2016, Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival

Clifton Brown, Laura Mead
Milan Misko & Kana Kimura
Jessica Lang Dance

New Work

Music: String Quartet in F major,  Op. 96, Anton Dvorak,
Choreography: Melissa Barak
Premiere: 2016, Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival

Calvin Royal; Skylar Brandt & April Giangeruso
American Ballet Theatre