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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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Program A: Works by McIntyre, Wheedon and Dawson
Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem (McIntyre/Garneau)
Bound To© (Wheeldon/Henson)
Anima Animus (Dawson/Bosso)

McIntyre’s Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem is a homage to the choreographer’s grandfather. A work about remembrance and loss, and happiness and pain, it features nine dancers and music by singer-songwriter Chris Garnneau from his album El Radio. Wheeldon’s Bound To© is a reflection of technology in contemporary society, set to both recorded and live music by Keaton Henson. David Dawson’s Anima Animus is the choreographer’s first American commission. Offering a mix of contrasts, most prominent of them Carl Jung’s concept of animus (the male aspect of the female psyche) and anima (the female aspect of the male psyche), Dawson explores the polarized present-day world by focusing on the spaces in between extreme opposites. Of the work for 10 dancers, set to music by Italian composer Ezio Bosso, he describes it as “physically emotional virtuosity combined to make something human.”

Program B: Works by Liang, Marston and Peck
The Infinite Ocean (Liang/Davis)
Snowblind (Marston/Beach, Feeney, Foote, and Pärt)
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Peck/M83, A. Gonzalez, Y. Gonzalez, Laner, and Meldal-Johnsen)

Liang’s The Infinite Ocean was inspired in part by a friend’s message before their passing, “I will see you on the other side of the infinite ocean.” With music by Oliver Davis, the work explores the space between life and death, and the transition when one must let go of ties to the physical world, a time that Liang calls “the awakening.” A narrative piece, Marston’s Snowblind is based on Edith Wharton’s 1911 novella Ethan Frome. Marston evokes the repression, love, desperation, and dependence that underscore the lives of Wharton’s three central characters (Ethan, his wife Zeena, and Zeena’s helper, the beautiful young Mattie) who are caught in a love triangle. Eleven additional dancers embody the snow that dominates the setting within the novella, a metaphor for Ethan and Mattie’s passion and torment. A compilation of music by Amy Beach and Arthur Foote is arranged and augmented by composer Philip Feeny along with Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate. Taking the audience on a life-cycle of dream states, Peck’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is set to songs by electronic band M83, with the cast of 14 dancers in sneakers. Of the work, Peck states that the work focuses on “how we dream as children, how we dream as young, coming-of-age adults, and how we dream as fully matured adults.”

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