Seattle Chamber Players Presents

AMERICAN CHAMBER DANCE

SCP presents rarely performed ballets conceived for chamber ensemble and dancers by maverick American composers Charles T. Griffes, Henry Cowell, John Cage, George McKay and Lou Harrison. The performances will showcase rarely heard works that these diverse American composers created especially for dance. The project exhibits the uncommon genre of chamber ballet, with intimate-scale music composed specifically for choreographic staging. The project includes a significant amount of research spent locating, studying and reconstructing the music scores as well as in the development of new choreographic interpretations. Project is supported by a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program One: Marriage at the Eiffel Tower

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 8pm
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle

http://www.seattlechamberplayers.org/

Paige Barnes, choreographic direction and dance
Mônica Mata Gilliam, dance
Vanessa DeWolf, dramaturg
Bellamy Pailthorp and Matthew Kocmieroski, narrators
Ivan Sokolov, piano
Dave Proscia, lighting design

Henry Cowell/John Cage/George McKay: Marriage at the Eiffel Tower
Staged by Bonnie Bird at Cornish College in Seattle on March 24-25, 1939
For piano and auxiliary instruments

Lou Harrison: Marriage at the Eiffel Tower
Choreographed by Bonnie Bird at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1949
For flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, double bass, piano and percussion

Marriage at the Eiffel Tower by Jean Cocteau serves as the basis for two works on the program. One of them, a collective work by Henry Cowell, John Cage and George McKay, was horeographed and produced by Bonnie Bird at the Cornish School in Seattle in 1939. Only several movements of the score (and only the works by Cowell) have been published and performed in subsequent years. Ten years after the premiere of the Cowell/Cage/McKay piece, Bonnie Bird commissioned another work with the same title from composer Lou Harrison.

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