Touring Repertoire 2014-2015

The company travels with Artistic Director Karole Armitage, a Stage Manager, a Technical Director and 7 dancers.

 

PROGRAM A: EMV

EMV (Energy Made Visible)

Anticipated World Premiere 2016

Concept, Direction, Choreography: Karole Armitage
Music:  May include selections from: Tony Conrad, Miles Davis, Louis V Vierk, Jefferson Airplane, Beyond the Dream Syndicate, Bitches Brew, Stare Astonished, Surrealistic Pillow

Set: Karole Armitage and Clifton Taylor
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Total Running Time: 58 Minutes

EMV, conceived by Director/Choreographer Karole Armitage, explores altered states of consciousness.  Dreams, erotic transport, mystic ritual, trance and shamanistic traditions of the Amazonian Rainforest flow across the stage as a series of hallucinations. Inspired in part by the work of Harvard Ethnobotanist, Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, EMV responds to contemporary and traditional cultures in their search for spiritual belief through altered states.

The production, scheduled for the 2016-2017 season, features an installation of exploded reflective surfaces hanging over the performers created by Armitage with her long-time collaborator, lighting designer, Clifton Taylor. The large mirrors (actually mylar panels) are suspended above the floor at oblique, tilted angles; each mirror positioned to capture a specific, eccentrically framed slice of the dance below. The visual dazzle of reflection inside reflection blurs reality and adds to the otherworldly, trippy experience.

In EMV, science overlaps with ritual, memory mingles with illusion and time shifts unpredictably. EMV heeds the siren’s call to explore a place beyond words where the imagination is awash in color. Thoughts and dreams, light and shadow, vision and distortion weave a psychedelic spell.  The work builds to a highly charged, almost hallucinatory finale of fast movement, music and cascading reflections, which, like a benign mind-altering drug, mingles the miniscule with the infinite.

Anticipated Touring personnel (12): Karole Armitage, 9 dancers, Technical Director/Lighting Supervisor, Stage Manger/Company Manager


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PROGRAM B: UNTITLED

Untitled New Work (Can We Even Learn to Love a Virus?)

World premiere March 25, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History

Concept, Choreography: Karole Armitage
Music: Excerpts from: Phillip Glass, Michael Gordon, Anna Clyne, Aryo Part, Henryk Gorecki, Daoist Sacred Dance, Industy, Rapture, Fur Alina, Good Night
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Total Running Time: 55 minutes

Karole Armitage is creating a site-specific dance production on climate change and its cultural context featuring Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University at the American Museum of Natural History. The production runs from March 25 – 27, 2014 in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Dr. Ehrlich, MacArthur Genius Award and Crafoord prize Winner (equivalent of the Nobel in Biological Sciences), wrote an original text for the production and will perform as the narrator in New York City. The production takes place in the two-story Hall of Ocean Life on three stages set up under the giant blue whale hanging from the ceiling in a gallery lined with dioramas of large mammals including polar bears and walruses. Eight video screens are mounted on the balcony level. The audience can chose to sit in one of several areas where chairs are provided or they may wander throughout the gallery to view the production from one or many vantage points of their choosing while the dance unfolds around them. 

The meditative essay on culture and climate runs simultaneously with the dance, unfolding as a parallel voyage suggesting individuals reckoning with peril and undergoing a change of consciousness that leads to harmony. The musical selections are: Phillip Glass’ Taoist Sacred Dance, Michael Gordon’s Industry, Anna Clyne’s Rapture, Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina, and Henryk Gorecki’s Good Night.  The Armitage Gone! Dance Company of 9 dancers will perform with thirty guests from the Ailey School and several children from The School of American Ballet. The work will be adapted for touring on a proscenium stage following the New York City season in March 2015.     


 

PROGRAM C: FOUR SEASONS

Four Seasons - A Spinning Planet (2014)

World Premiere Nov 22, 2014 New York City Center

Concept, Direction, Choreography: Karole Armitage
Music: Antonio Vivaldi, John Adams, Eric Satie, Offenback, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copeland, Dmitri Shostakovich, Gioachino Rossini, Albert Roussel, Gerhard Richter 
Costumes Doug Fitch
Text: Craig Shemin
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Total Running Time: 58 Minutes

Four Seasons - A Spinning Planet is a dance designed for young people and their families based on stories about our planet, inspired by ancient and timeless fables from around the globe. The movement, choreographed by Karole Armitage, is woven around charming props and puppets designed by Doug Fitch. Two narrators, one adult and one child, provide humorous commentary on dance and music with insight into the trials and tribulations of the animal characters. The witty dialogue by Craig Shemin, known for his work as a writer for the Muppets, is often hilarious and always entertaining. Musical selections range from the Baroque to the 21st century including some of the world’s most cherished classics by Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Offenbach. Copland, and Rossini with lesser know masterpieces by John Adams, Samuel Barber, Eric Satie, and Albert Roussel as well as Max Richter’s Recomposed, a contemporary reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four SeasonsThe lighting is by long-time Armitage collaborator, Clifton Taylor. Fables by Aesop and de la Fontaine are interwoven with stories from China and Native America cultures. Ten animal stories are brought to life by a menagerie of lions, ants, hares, bulls, bears, and frogs within a living forest. The stories provide a lovely glimpse into the beauty and fragility of the natural world while offering insight into the bonds that tie humans to each other and to nature. 

Touring personnel (11): Karole Armitage, 7 dancers, Lighting/Sound Supervisor, Stage Manger/Prop Manger, and a Wardrobe Manager.


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PROGRAM D: LIGETI ESSAYS and RAVE

Ligeti Essays (2006)

Choreography: Karole Armitage
Music: György Ligeti
Set Design: David Salle and Clifton Taylor
Costume Design: Peter Speliopoulos
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Performers: 7 dancers
Total Running Time: 25 minutes 

The dance is choreographed to a suite of three, jewel-like song cycles composed by the late György Ligeti.  In these haiku-like compositions, Ligeti expresses the full gamut of our complex and contradictory natures: from the humorous to the trivial and sarcastic, with passages of languorous, beautiful daydreams.  The ballet is set off to perfection by David Salle’s stunning set. 

Touring personnel (10): Karole Armitage, Stage Manager, Tech Director, 7 dancers.

Watch excerpt here

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Rave  (2001)

Choreography: Karole Armitage

Music: David Shea

Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Costumes: Peter Speliopoulos 

Performers: 7 AGD dancers
 and 19 local guest dancers
Total Running Time: 25 minutes

Rave is a celebratory happening mixing dance, capoeira (a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, and music), voguing (an underground African-American and custom of social performance and fashion show appropriation begun in Harlem in the 1960s), wushu (Chinese martial arts), and catwalk for 26 dancers in iconic costumes ranging from Marilyn Monroe to an American Indian chief. All of the dancers paint their bodies in bright colors from head to toe – skin is orange, purple, green, gray, blue. Rave is constructed on Vogue Dance twisted through the lens of mixing many different movement forms into a celebration of life as a combination of ball, ballet and carnival for the 21th century.

Rave requires a minimum three-day workshop for 18 local dancers (9 women and 9 men)  to learn sections of the choreography. This is followed by two days of rehearsal with the full cast prior to a public performance. The teaching residency can be done with the full company present or AG!D can sent a company member ahead to teach the material to local dancers. AG!D provides the costumes for all dancers. Ideally the women dance on pointe. The technical level of the pointe work is not difficult. All guest dancers have to donate a pair of clean pointe shoes or ballet shoes that can be painted in the color of their costume. Additional dancers must be provided by the presenter, pending approval by Karole Armitage. Any fees for additional dancers are the responsibility of the presenter.

Touring Personnel (10): Karole Armitage, Stage Manager, Tech Director, 7 Dancers.  

Watch excerpt here

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