After a four year hiatus, Rebecca Rice, the versatile and prolific choreographer from Boston, brings her dance company, Rebecca Rice Dance, to New York City to perform at the Merce Cunningham Theater, 55 Bethune Street, NYC, on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18th at 8 PM.
The program will include five works, two of which are premieres. The premieres include "Holy Contour" (2011) a work danced to JS Bach concertos and sonatas, which expresses the bond between feelings of joy and sorrow as related in the poetry of Kahil Gibran, and “Verge” (2011), a solo focusing on the conflicts involved in transformation and performed by Mariah Steele to an original score by noted Boston composer, Christos Koulendros. Boston pianist, Constantine Finehouse, will accompany.
Revivals include the playful “Busy Blues” (2007), a creative romp to the blues music of Jonah Jones and Italian singer, Paolo Conte, the soulful “Bach Dances” (2004), including six movements performed to the Bach Cello Suites, and Stratas (2004), inspired by John Harbison’s “Suite for Solo Cello” (1994), an intricate, complex score by the Pulitzer-prize winning composer. Noted Boston Cellist, Sebastian Baverstam, will accompany “Bach Dances” and “Stratas”.
Dancers include Sara Knight, Mariah Steele, Ariane Georg, Ann-Marie Cofield, Carrie Kerstein, Jessie Stinnett, Ula Galea and Abbey Kowalec.
Composers include Christos Koulendros, John Harbison, JS Bach
The concert will be designed by New York lighting designer Megan Byrne.
"One of Boston's hidden gems" Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops
$25 at the door
$20 Students and early bird (internet)
A modern dance choreographer, teacher and performer, Rebecca Rice’s choreography blends modernism and musicality. Rice co-founded and performed in Pittsburgh Dance Alloy Company as well as worked with Bill Evans and Gerri Houlihan. She created numerous works for Boston Ballet II and Rebecca Rice Dance, which she formed in 1981. In addition to teaching at MIT, Rebecca organized Boston Ballet Company’s first choreography workshops and performances. Her company has been presented by the Bank of America’s Celebrity Series, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Boston Ballet as well as Keith Lockhart and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Rice’s expressive, abstract and poetic choreographic voice is grounded by an extensive technical background in Modern Dance, Denishawn, Contemporary and Classical Ballet. Her choreography brings a unique vision to the stage.