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Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch new ballet, new music, and new ideas to an inclusive 21st century audience, presents a double bill by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise with three performances Friday, November 17th – Saturday, November 18th at 8:00 pm.
General Admission house opens at 7:45 pm. VIP Tickets house opens at 7:30pm
ABOUT THE BALLETS
INNATE PRISMROSE// Premiered Mar 2017 “Intriguing, mesmeric, and hard to stop watching…. Personally, my first impression has me saying, Arch Contemporary B[allet]rilliant!” –THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST
‘INNATE PRISMROSE’ sensually opens the evening with a light art installation flooding the stage. It sets the tone for this eye-catching work filled with daring movement, bestial phrase work, and adventurous body lines. A reflection of young carnal instincts in the 21st century of casual relationships and the emotional repercussions they leave behind for some. This satiable quartet utilizes decadent uncanny movement to represent a cutting-edge, thought provoking, and emotional ballet with a powerfully inventive piano score by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen.
BETWEEN THE LINES// World Premiere “Annalise’s pas de deux work is hypnotizing, as the intricate weaving of body parts and shapes of their figures come together as one body when they dance… fresh, innovative and insightful phrase-work. It was at one level visually impressive, even breathtaking” – DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE
‘Between the Lines’ closes the performances to illustrate the relationship between an aging pas de deux. A fabric art installation encompasses the entire stage and moves throughout the ballet creating peek-a-boos where only certain body parts of the dancers are revealed. It is a reflection of one’s personal thoughts about reading their significant other and what needs to be deciphered between the lines to grow in a relationship. As the ballet goes on the windows of grow larger, revealing more of their story and movement. Eventually the dancers become exposed entirely and are a resemblance of wisdom as time passes- no longer needing to read between the lines.
The Sheen Center is located at 18 Bleecker Street, between Mott and Elizabeth Street in Manhattan and is accessible by Subway 4, 6 at Bleecker Street and B, D, F, M at Broadway/Lafayette.
ABOUT ARCH CONTEMPORARY BALLET Founded in 2013, New York City’s Arch Contemporary Ballet was established with a bold spirit and innovative vision to create an artistic process that enhances the connection between ballet and music. All of ACB’s works are choreographed and completed in silence. Commissioned artists then create original music scores specifically for each repertoire program. In addition to her innovative way of joining movement and music, Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, challenges classicism with a cutting-edge approach to partnering, pairing women on pointe together as partners. ACB has performed across the country including the Paramount Theatre in Boston, Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, AZ, Marlene Boll Theatre in Detroit, New York City’s Sheen Center, and more. Learn more at www.ArchBallet.com.
SHEENA ANNALISE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Artistic Director and choreographer, Sheena Annalise, at age 14, was honored to work with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in “Equator Project”, nurturing her choreographic talent. She quickly found a distinct voice by creating innovative body lines and exploring her fascination with the connection between movement and music. In her early work she began to play with creating her own tempos, accents, and pauses in her ballets without the limitations of existing music. Looking to accentuate her silent yet rhythmic choreography, she developed her artistic process of commissioning artists to create music specifically to each repertoire program. Annalise spent 2012 mentoring with the Mark Morris Dance Group, when she then founded Arch Contemporary Ballet the following year. Through ACB she has received residencies and space grants throughout NYC and has been named a “Prodigy” by The Women’s Project.
ARCH FOR AUTISM Arch for Autism is an initiative for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues to come together and enjoy the benefits of dance and music. Our goal is to make ballet and music accessible to all by including Autism Friendly performances during our performance season… Adjustments to the production include reduction of obscure lighting, shorter running time, and reduction of any sudden sounds. Plus, there will be areas in the lobby for quiet time or activities staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.
ARCH FOR ASL Our initiative to bring ASL Friendly performances to the community started in May 2017 and continues to improve with each performance. We invite deaf artists to collaborate with us, provide interpreters at the theatre, and explore talk back Q&A with the cast and an interpreter. Everyone should be able to enjoy our performances and we are always looking for improvements in our program, if you are deaf or know anyone who is deaf please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we want to hear your feedback on our program!
MATTHEW A.C. COHEN Matthew A.C. Cohen has composed and performed around the globe and is a Remi Platinum Award winner for the short film”@Social #Connection”. He attended Hofstra University, where he got a B.S. in Music Theory/Composition, with special interests in Film Scoring, Jazz Improvisation and arranging, and orchestration, and went on to get an MFA in Scoring for Media from Columbia College Chicago. He writes for network television shows, including “Reign” and “Vikings”, studio films including “Brick Mansions”, “The Funhouse Massacre”, and “Christmas Land”, and triple A video game titles including “Dragon Age: Inquisition”. He is a versatile and inventive musician and composer.