River Project: Moving Currents Cast and Program Announced

October 6th, 2014

DAY AND NIGHT IN FEDEX CITY

CHOREOGRAPHY: Petr Zahradni?c?ek

COSTUMES: Bruce Bui

LIGHTING: Andrew Meyers

MUSIC: Disposed Time by Tom Hagerman, Old Friend by AU, Get Alive by AU and rr vs. d by AU

CAST:

Pas de Deux

Julie Niekrasz and Travis Bradley (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)

Hideko Karasawa and John Deming (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Pilots

Jared Brunson, Alberto Gaspar (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)

Brandon Ramey, Steven McMahon (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Lauren Pschirrer

Elizabeth Mensah

Alexis Hedge

Anwen David (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Valerie Walker (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Natalie Kischuk (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Karina Eimon (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Ashley Hannah Davis (box girl)

CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTE: This piece is inspired by the movement of commerce, in this case the ‘ballet’ of packages I saw when I visited the FedEx hub in Memphis during a night sort. There are many pieces needed, from the package sorters to the machinery to the pilots and crews, to keep this shipping machine working. I wanted the piece to have an airiness about it that resembled actual flight.

THE DARTING EYES

CHOREOGRAPHY: Matthew Neenan

COSTUMES: Christine Darch

LIGHTING: Andrew Meyers

MUSIC: Down to the River to Pray by Allison Krauss from Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Saul, HWV 53: 42. Envy! Eldestborn of Hell by Handel, performed by Gabrieli Players and Paul McCreesh. Take Me to the Water by Rev. E. D. Campbell from Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music 1890-1950. Christian Zeal and Activity by John Adams from The Chairman Dances, San Francisco Symphony. Baptism and Lonely Cactus by Matthew Pierce.

CAST:

Virginia Pilgrim (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Crystal Brothers (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Jared Brunson (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Brandon Ramey (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

Julie Niekrasz

Kendall G. Britt Jr.

Anwen David

Lauren Pschirrer

Ben Slayen

John Deming

CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTE: My new work is inspired by the beautifully haunting images I’ve seen of Mississippi River baptisms, from all eras of history. The movement in the dance will reflect one’s spiritual and physical journey in a lifetime; some of the Seven Deadly Sins and Virtues will serve as jumping-off points for the dancers’ characters.

FLYWAY

CHOREOGRAPHY: Steven McMahon

SCENERY: Erin Harmon

COSTUMES: Bruce Bui

LIGHTING: Andrew Meyers

MUSIC: Seoul and Sexfaldur by Amiina from album Kurr, and Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn by MONO from album Hymn to the Immortal Wind.

CAST:

Crystal Brothers

Virginia Pilgrim Ramey

Anwen David

Alexis Hedge

Kendall G. Britt Jr.

John Deming (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Charles Cooper (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26) Brandon Ramey

Jared Brunson (Oct. 18, 19, 25 evening)/Alberto Gaspar (Oct. 24, 25 matinee, 26)

CHOREOGRAPHER’S NOTE: The Mississippi flyway is a major thoroughfare for many North American birds. It provides these birds with unobstructed passage and important respite on their twice a year migration. I am interested in the many peculiarities, behaviors and patterns that birds exhibit in this setting, and desired to reimagine them through my own choreographic lens. Visual artist Erin Harmon has given these birds a vivid, fantastical home on the stage, inspired by the natural beauty of the Mississippi and the inherent beauty of the birds themselves.