New York City- Arch Contemporary Ballet, in its mission to launch ballet and music to an inclusive 21st century audience, presents a triple bill by Artistic Director Sheena Annalise at The Sheen Center with five performances Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th at 8:00 pm. Tickets on sale March 1st.
Running time: 90 minutes
Friday, August 11th 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 12th 2:00 pm (Autism Friendly performance)
Saturday, August 12th 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 13th 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 13th 7:30 pm
$25 General Admission, $35 VIP includes an autographed poster for your added contribution
There will be an autism friendly modified performance on August 12th at 2:00 pm as part of ACB’s Arch for Autism Initiative. Find out more about our Autism Friendly Performance —>
Not Yet Titled Work//World Premiere
Experimental and daring movement expresses the natural state of humans primal instincts in a 21st century civilization. Inspired how the hustle and bustle of everyday life, living as a millennial, masks our carnal instincts. This new explosive work displays these primal instincts: 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 experimental piano score and strokes of song throughout the piece composed by Award-Winning composer Matthew AC Cohen. Minimalist light art installation by lighting designer Robert Glowacki, transforms the space into a blank canvas with laser shadow that sets the tone for this eye catching opening work.
A dynamic and fluid ‘Plated’ allures viewers with malleable and intriguing shapes in this thought-provoking duet. The dancers represent an image of superficial happiness based on social media expectations, but as their gold dipped bodies entangle, the façade chips away suggesting all is not as it first seems, and the golden posture is merely ‘Plated’. A live saxophone performance by Thomas La Rocca accentuates this modern reality.
Not Yet Titled//World Premiere
Inspired by how can have a profound change on someone’s behavior, this new work explores the impact music plays in society. The sound and messages we release through our art form directly impact our listeners in powerful ways. This is especially true of the youth and adolescents of our society, who are still extremely malleable to the world around them. The dancers movement set the tone and the music, as they create the sound of the piece in real time using Point Motion technology. Motion control sensors are placed above the stage and dancers move throughout the stage, while Point Motion technology creates the sound by tracing their movements. This dynamic work is sharp, electrifying, and brings an audience to many different emotions music can bring out. A fluid watercolor backdrop projected onto the backdrop flows throughout the piece as it seems as if the dancers are painting the music with their movement.
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.
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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.
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.
THOMAS LA ROCCA
A native of Long Island, New York, Thomas LaRocca is the Fine Arts Director at John Adams High School where he teaches instrumental music. When he’s not in the classroom, he performs as a saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Baruch College, and is passionate about creating new music.
Point Motion is a wireless creative platform which provides assistive technology for Music Therapy, Dance Therapy, and Art Therapy to people with limited mobility, special needs such as Autism and ADHD, or individuals lacking the means of using conventional instruments. Users create music simply by moving their body. No heavy handheld devices, and no expensive wearable tech. Powered by Extreme Reality, our Point Motion application uses any camera to track your body in 3 dimensions.