Backhausdance Performs The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor
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Although a flute, harp and viola combination may seem odd at first, no other trio proves as enchanting or evocative -- a discovery made by Claude Debussy who wrote one of his best pieces for just such a grouping. Combining the dreaminess of the harp with the emotional precision of the viola and the high notes of the flute, the Myriad Trio has a range of feeling few other ensembles of any size can match. Formed by principal players of the San Diego and Dallas Symphonies, the trio plays traditional pieces as well as world premieres they commission themselves, such as David Bruce's The Eye of Night. During their concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, they will play Bruce's piece in addition to stirring works by Respighi, Natra, Bach and Debussy. Learn More
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I have never been disappointed by a performance by Backhausdance, and this was no exception. I especially enjoyed "Arrive" and "Shift," both of which showed off Jenny Backhaus's rare gift as a choreographer. If you're a fan of modern dance, I strongly encourage you to see Backhausdance for yourself--and bring a friend.
<p>In celebration of six successful years of performing throughout Southern California, Backhausdance presents an evening of company repertory at Irvine Barclay Theatre. The evening includes a world premiere piece by esteemed choreographer, Jodie Gates, artistic director of Laguna Dance Festival, and three works choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus: The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor, Arrive, and Shift.</p> <p>Backhausdance brings to the stage the athleticism and grace that has propelled Orange County's premier dance company since its inception in 2003. Jennifer Backhaus and her company of dancers will perform The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor, a stunning visual and narrative work set on a blanket of grass and inspired by the work of artist Edward Gorey. </p> <p>Arrive was commissioned in part by the McCallum Theatre Institute. The following quote by poet laureate Maya Angelou was the inspiration for creating the piece: "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."</p> <p>Finally, Shift, an elegant four-part work and winner of multiple Lester Horton awards, closes the evening with a sense of uplifting hope. </p>