New York City- Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, presents a world premiere by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise atThe Alchemical Theatre Laboratory with five performances Friday, March 24th – Sunday, March 26th at 7:30 pm and matinees at 2:00 pm.
A rising pioneer for ballet and music, Annalise’s distinct style unveils unconventional lines of a dancer’s body in this world premiere ballet, INNATE PRISMROSE. Light installation artist, Robert Glowacki, transforms an unconventional white box theatre with laser shadows to set the tone for this eye-catching work. Daring movement expresses the natural state of humans’ primal instincts in a 21st century civilization. Inspired by how the hustle and bustle of millenials’ lives mask their carnal instincts. Five dancers display these primal instincts with explosive energy: how they take over our minds and bodies, and the reactions we have towards them. Decadent uncanny movement creates a cutting-edge and thought provoking ballet with an inventive piano score by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen played by rhythm-driven pianist Maya Kronfeld.
Dancers: Kara Cooper, Mikal Gilbert, Tori Hey, Chris Smaten, Wilderlei Rudson, Katelyn Somners
ABOUT ARCH CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Founded in 2013, New York Citys 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 ACBs 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 Citys 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 Womens 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.
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.
Robert has been immersed in the technological revolution of lighting and its new ideas and innovations, and has utilized these to design one of a kind lighting environments. Known for developing sharp and concise designs that can transform small spaces with drawn inspiration from his local surroundings and art of his hometown in Detroit.
Rhythm-driven pianist Maya Kronfeld is on the piano faculty at the Stanford Jazz Festival and leads the Maya Kronfeld Trio. Rooted in jazz and known for her versatility with related genres, Maya has toured nationally with Grammy-award winning soul artist Van Hunt, as well as hard rock project The Memorials, led by international drum phenomenon Thomas Pridgen. In 2015 Maya was profiled on KCSM’s Desert Island Jazz alongside vocalist/composer Valerie Troutt. She has recently given talks on jazz, critical theory, modernist poetry and anglo-american philosophy at the Sorbonne Paris III and at the University of Dublin.