Cedar Lake dancers rehearsing Didy Veldman’s frame of view, photo by Paul B. Goode
Yesterday afternoon I headed to West 26th Street to watch an open studio rehearsal of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. The company is preparing for their winter season, January 8 to 18, which will include world premieres by Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman and Italy’s Luca Veggetti along with the reprise of Crystal Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue. After a warm welcome from artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, we saw Veggetti’s memory/measure. Set to an electronic score by Paola Aralla, this abstract work features four dancers – two women, two men – who move as individuals or couples as they take direction from text inspired by the late Ingmar Bergman. The piece appears to be equally intense for the viewer and the dancer, and I’m sure that memory/measure‘s intensity will be further enhanced by the addition of lighting and costumes. I’m looking forward to seeing multiple casts.
In Didy Veldman’s new work frame of view, the first piece she is making for an American company, nine dancers navigate different spaces – and emotions – that are separated by doors. Didy explained that she “wanted to do something with doors” and examine how people behave differently in public and private spaces. Although not entirely finished, frame of work promises to be a creative investigation into the way humans hide and reveal different emotions. There was some interesting character development from one scene to the next as the dancers conveyed a variety of feelings in solos (often times “partnered” by a door) and duets. The placement and use of doors is a vital part of the piece, and although there were only three used in the rehearsal, the full set will be much more elaborate. The eclectic score includes music by Nina Simone, Pink Martini, Bartok, Offenbach, Dean Martin, and the Kronos Quartet, along with conversation that is woven into several scenes. As a collaborative work, this touching, witty, and humorous piece will undoubtedly evolve between now and the start of the winter season. Watch the video above by Caleb Custer.
Didy Veldman in rehearsal at Cedar Lake, photo by Paul B. Goode
Cedar Lake dancers rehearsing frame of view, photo by Paul B. Goode
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s Winter Season 2009
January 8-18, 2009 at 8 PM
World premieres by Luca Veggetti and Didy Veldman
Reprise of a 2008 premiere by Crystal Pite
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