The Guggenheim commissioned choreographer Emery LeCrone to create a new work for its Works & Process program. She choreographed two completely different pieces to the same piece of music, J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor. The first piece was a classical ballet performed in simple, elegant costumes and the second was modern dance where the costumes were edgier and bolder. All the costumes were created by Yigal Azrouel. The dances were so different stylistically and in tone it was hard to believe that you were hearing the same piece of music twice. The “vocabulary” of dance is much greater than I ever imagined.
It’s was a night of dance and music. The choreographer and costume designer discussed the creative process and collaboration that went into these two disparate pieces. The music was performed by a very talented classical pianist, Vassily Promikov.
There were two principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, two from the American Ballet Theater and six very accomplished modern dancers. The theater at the Guggenheim is small, creating a intimate atmosphere. It is rare to watch dance from so close a vantage point. It doesn’t get much better than this!
I’m not sure if it was more wonderful watching the performance or watching Ms. LeCrone thoroughly enjoy herself as she watched the dancers perform the work she created. Do yourself a favor and watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UinOCbrACPk. This is one of the best programs I’ve seen, to date, at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process.
There are a few more events scheduled this spring, although many are sold out. Tickets are moderately priced which might be why these events are so popular. The good news is that The Guggenheim has been streaming the performances live or you can look for them on YouTube. LAR