Arch Contemporary Balletbrings new ballet, new music, and new ideas to the Sheen Center Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th, featuring two programs of two world premieres and two celebrated works choreographed by Artistic DirectorSheena Annalise.
WORLD PREMIERE: POINTE IN MOTION // Explores the impact music can play in advances for neuroscience. A slow motion ink in water backdrop emulates the fluidity of thought between different lobes of the brain while the dancers use Point Motion technology to create the music with their bodies live on stage. Their serpentine movement is traced by sensors seamlessly placed throughout the stage creating a mix of silence and sound. Music’s therapeutic ability to have a profound impact on behavior, problem solving, concentration, interpreting language, and communication is explored.
REPLICA // Illustrates how we live in a culture where anything can be replicated or reproduced and explores the value of an original object. A 3D motion capture backdrop in real-time creates a 4D optical illusion on stage and is complimented by 3D printed costumes costumes designed by Merve Oztemel. The striking choreography is experimentally manufactured by sharp intricate body lines danced to a pulsing original EDM score by Matthew AC Cohen.
HUES OF MEMORY // A wildly romantic pas de deux ‘Hues of Memory’ transports the audience to lush landscapes galvanized by romantic memory. Performers are integrating elements of American Sign language and combining those elements with contemporary dance inspired by the words from a poem written by renownedphotographerLuis Pons. ViolinistIsabel Epsteinsets the temperature of the work with a violin improvised scorewhose high-frequency notes can be felt through balloons which will be provided for audience members upon arrival. The theater space is encapsulated with a greenery scene, setting the backdrop for this madly passionate story. HUES OF MEMORY is a continually evolving piece and is open to feedback from the Deaf Community on how to best integrate ASL into its presentation. If YOU are Deaf OR a native user of ASL, your feedback and participation are welcome!
WORLD PREMIERE: DRIFTLESS FRACTION // A self analysis of our personality’s uncontrollable tendency to change when we are alone or around different people in our lives. This work is the result of Arch Contemporary Ballet’s National Summer Intensive for Dance & Composition at New York City Center – this world premiere performance showcases the dancers of this workshop and a world premiere composition by composers of the program.
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.
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 without music. Commissioned composers then create an original music score 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.
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Merve Oztemel is an Istanbul native; she pursued Textile and Fashion Design at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. Her brand Merve Oztemel is based on the technique of blending craftsmanship with digital technology. Her views of 3D technology and the integration into everyday life have been noted to be “ahead of the curve”, and she implies that 3D technology is the future to creating a unique result in the material world.
Luis Pons is a New York based world renowned dance photographer whose images are described as eternal, exquisite, and breathtakingly memorable. His photography envisions the pursuit of beauty, symmetry, color and contrasts and is noted for capturing fleeting moments in the human experience. The defining moments where all the energies in the human heart, body and spirit fuse together at 1/500th of a second, are captured eternally by his work. His motivation for photography is to remind himself of the potential in all of us to be beautiful, serene and at peace, and he shares this reminder to the world through his photographs. His work can be seen in publications across the world, such as Buzzfeed, HuffPost Arts & Culture Feature, Elle, Epoch Times, Capezio’s world campaign, to name a few and he has captured the most distinguished ballet dancers from ballet companies throughout the world including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and more.