Continuing its partnership with Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents COSMIC FICTION, a two-act performance premiering in the Dallas Arts District.
The program features a re-staging of composer Claude Debussy’s symphonic poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun in celebration of the 106th anniversary of the work's production by the Ballets Russes. Costume designer Nicolina Lawson re-envisions Léon Bakst’s costumes with an oceanic and alien design, transporting the audience to another planet. SMU's contemporary music ensemble, SYZYGY provides live music for the third season in a row, conducted by SMU masters conducting student Nicholas Leh Baker.
Revenir, a new work with choreography by DNCB Artistic Director Emilie Skinner, an original score by Lane Harder and short films by Dutch Rall explores the relationship and changeable nature of the perception of time, space and consciousness. Adapted from Chris Marker’s legendary French sci-fi featurette La Jetée (1962), the piece will premiere March 3rd at the historic Texas Theatre paired with a screening of the film on 35 mm.
Cosmic Fiction also highlights three more world premieres by guest choreographers. Beyond the Reach of Time, a new work by DNCB Ballet Mistress Erin Boone will be accompanied by SYZYGY and loosely follows the narrative of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Quantum Connectivity will feature choreography by Adrián Aguirre (Director of Uno Más Dance Project) and live music and visuals by 3-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker/composer Dutch Rall. Michael Stone will make his debut as a new DNCB choreographer with his new piece Circus Alius set to a composition by Sophya Polevaya and performed by SYZYGY.
“I am beyond thrilled to be presenting Cosmic Fiction as our highlighted program of the season,” says DNCB Artistic Director Emilie Skinner. “We are working with Dallas-based visual artists, composers and musicians to bring the community a collection of innovative and experimental collaborations. With themes pulled both from science fiction works and scientific theories, Cosmic Fiction promises to be anything but your ordinary ballet. This program is for everyone: artists and cinephiles, music lovers and dancers, and especially for all of you who are sci-fi geeks at heart. Hope to see you there!”
ABOUT DNCB: Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB), a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was founded in August 2011. DNCB seeks to collaborate with DFW-based dancers, artists and musicians in order to bring innovative, well-rounded performances to the community. For more information, visit dallasneo-classicalballet.com or contact Emilie Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performance dates: March 17, 7:30 PM & March 18, 3:00 PM at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District