Nine dance students to join professionals at Ellen Sinopoli Dance Jan. 18 at The Egg

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg. Photo by Gary Gold.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg. Photo by Gary Gold.

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) returns to The Egg on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8pm in a program that will feature a company premiere with live music and projected visual art for the company, as well as another newly created work by Ellen Sinopoli for area dance students. The evening will begin with a 7:15pm prelude talk given by Sinopoli.

ESDC commissioned New York City violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo to compose music for its newest creation, Continuum, for which he will perform live. The dance was created by Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli and the dancers during a December residency at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. Adding further dimension to the work, visual art created by Willie Marlowe (see bio below) will be projected as a backdrop for the premiere.

For the first time ever, the concert program will feature dancers other than ESDC company members. Sinopoli auditioned Capital Region dance students ages 13-18, selected nine, and created a work for them to a Duffalo composition. The selected performers hail from Tina Marie’s Dance Academy in Guilderland, Art in Motion Dance Academy in Albany and Danceforce in Guilderland Center.

The remainder of the program will feature several of ESDC’s most recent and popular works. Set to a cello composition by Dufallo, Zarmina (2012) is inspired by this landai from the Afghan poet martyr of the same name: “I am shouting but you don’t answer – One day you’ll look for me and I’ll be gone from this.” The disparate and compelling music of Dave Douglas, American trumpeter and two-time Grammy nominated jazz musician, propels the dancers in Brink (2009) described by The Gazette as “…a cool, ultra-hip work that devoured space while expending gobs of energy…” Pierre’s Words (1997) is a multi-layered work of dance and poetry guided by the electronic orchestration of composer Joel Chadabe that was described by Metroland as “abstract and expressionistic…shape, motion, balance and velocity on their own terms.”

Tickets for the performance are $26. A $13 student rush price is available that evening. Tickets may be purchased in advance through The Egg’s box office at (518) 473-1845 or www.theegg.org.

Background

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company presents the provocative and richly imagined choreography of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli. As the resident company of The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, ESDC shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops and educational outreach, seeking to enrich the community by enhancing the appreciation, understanding and experience of contemporary performing arts. Since 1991, Ellen Sinopoli has created over 70 dances and has collaborated with over 25 artists of distinct genres and backgrounds, such as architectural designer Frances Bronet, sculptor Jim Lewis, visual artist Calvin Grimm, clarinetist Don Byron, percussionist Brian Melick and composer Hilary Tann. ESDC was selected from artists across the state to be on the New York State Presenters Network roster for 2013-14.

Cornelius Dufallo is an innovative composer and violinist at the forefront of the American contemporary music scene. The New York Times hails him one of the “new faces of new music” and praises his “alluring” solo performances and “imaginative” compositions. Dufallo’s ongoing commitment to cutting edge music ingenuity has led him to co-founding FLUX (1996-2001) and Ne(x)tworks (2003-11). Dufallo was also a member of the prestigious ETHEL quartet (2005- 12). Currently he is on the roster of the VisionIntoArt Artist program http://www.visionintoart.com. Dufallo holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School.

This season, Dufallo will continue his critically acclaimed concert series JOURNALING. Dufallo’s JOURNALING CD was listed as Album of the Week by WQXR in 2012. A strong advocate of Paola Prestini’s works, Dufallo performed her Hubble Cantata at 21c Liederabend Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival this past November and will perform as the solo violinist in her world premiere, Labyrinth, at the Krannert Center, February 2014. Dufallo is currently collaborating with composer/ clarinetist Kinan Azhameh and video artist Kevork Mourad for VIA’s inaugural Ferus Festival in May 2014, as part of its JohnZorn@60 Residency with The Stone in NYC http://www.corneliusdufallo.com

Willie Marlowe has shown paintings in solo and invitational exhibitions in the US and abroad and her work is in Museum, University, Corporate and private collections. She has had artist’s residencies at The Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY, The Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland and three at The Emily Harvey Foundation in Italy. She has been a visiting artist in Russia, Barbados, Italy and Ireland. Her work has been supported by Strategic Opportunity Stipends from the New York Foundation for the Arts and by The Sage Colleges faculty research grants where she taught in the Department of Art and Design. She also participated in their International Studies Program, “Sage at Oxford”, Somerville College, Oxford University and “Celtic Connections” in Scotland and Ireland. She is now a Professor Emerita and painting full time in her studio in Albany. http://www.williemarlowe.com

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