ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY CELEBRATES IS PLATINUM SEASON OF DANCE
Ellen Sinopoli, Artistic Director
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
ELLENSINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY CELEBRATES IS PLATINUM SEASON OF DANCE
WITHTHE PREMIERE TWO NEW WORKS AT ITS PERFORMANCE AT THE EGG
(Troy, NY): In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) is pleased to announce the premiere of two new works on Friday,January 21, 2011 at 8 PM. This concert will take place at The Egg’s Hart Theater and is part of The Egg’s Dance New York series. Ellen Sinopoli will introduce the evening’s concert in a Prelude Talk at 7:15 PM.
With dance that is filled with sensuous, dramatic, sassy and engaging choreography, ESDC’s new works are set to the compelling music of violinist Cornelius Dufallo of the famed string quartet, ETHEL, and to the extraordinary Blues music of Leroy Jenkins, Eric Bibb, Otis Taylor, Michelle Shocked and Muddy Waters. In addition, ESDC will perform Into Dark Moods, a deeply powerful work that explores the sense of disconnect, so much a part of the world today. The work is choreographed to“Pottery Shards” by Turkish composer Münir Beken. To complete the evening, ESDC will perform the very popular Selchie, a fascinating work loosely based on the ancient Celtic myth of the seal people. The dance,set to selections of infectious Irish music, begins with an opening solo filled with astonishing contortions of absorbing beauty and then winds its way to all the dancers flinging themselves through a joyous galloping romp.
We are very excited to be celebrating our landmark 20th anniversary season with a performance at The Egg the features two new dances as well as the works, Into Dark Moods and Selchie. The premieres represent our most recent choreographic creations while the others show our artistic efforts from the late 1990’s and mid 2000’s. Since 1991 we have choreographed over 65 new dances and have worked with over 25 collaborators. With a current roster of dancers with amazing artistic and technical depth and a stunning selection of music, the possibilities are infinite. – Ellen Sinopoli
Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for children. Student rush tickets are available one hour before the show. The Egg’s Box Office number is (518)473-1845. Tickets can be purchased through their website at www.theegg.org
ESDC performances are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
PREMIERE #1: BLUE(S)
His guitar-playing can break your heart and move you to tears,and then his velvety voice soothes your cares so you can smile. – Grant Britt
Among improvising violinists, Leroy Jenkins is preeminent where innovation,imagination and individualism are considered. Not only has he expanded the improvising violinist's palette via extended technique, but his sound and approach are unique. Leroy Jenkins is an artist to be treasured. He makes music of great depth, passion and intellectual substance. – Carl Baugher
Whether it's his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it's the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history.
Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time. – Guitar Magazine
Sure, the words roll lazily off her tongue, much in the style of Billie Holiday. The guitar accompanies them with the studied precision favored by Robert Johnson and other bluesmen...Shocked has a serious voice and an artistic way of presenting the world. – Tom Moon, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Muddy Waters, who played a key role in the development of electric blues and rock-and-roll, was the greatest contemporary exponent of the influential Mississippi Delta blues style. – Robert Palmer
PREMIERE #2 As yet untitled
As a violinist and a composer in the string quartet Ethel and the collective ensemble Ne(x)tworks, Cornelius Dufallo has made substantial contributions to New York’s burgeoning new-music scene. – Steve Smith, New York Times
"Cornelius Dufallo ushers the grand tradition of solo violin virtuosity into the 21st century, seamlessly blending technology with his artistry to produce richly layered textures that are nearly symphonic in scope. The wild ride [he] takes us on ranges from meditative calm to urban cacophony… [I]tis the manifestation of a fiercely creative vision and a work of fearless and timeless beauty." – Kenji Bunch
ABOUT ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY: Founded in 1991 and known for dance that offers a “lush interlacing of music and motion, daring and athleticism,” ESDC is celebrating its 19thseason as the resident company of The Egg. Its modern dance work engages both dance aficionados and the uninitiated into the world of modern dance. Ellen Sinopoli and her dancers have collaborated with over 25artists of distinct genres and backgrounds, such as architectural designer Frances Bronet, sculptor Jim Lewis, clarinetist Don Byron and composer HilaryTann. “Spill Out!”, ESDC’s multi-artist, multi-media full evening work, was named as “one of the year’s most innovative regional performance works” by the Times Union, and The Gazette listed it as #1 of the“Top 10 shows of 2006”. ESDC was selected by Metro land as “Best Dance Troupe for 2007, 2009 and 2010”.