About The Project
The Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet will premiere “Schubert’s Silence” June 29 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. The ballet is set to Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata No.18 in G major, “Fantasie” D.894.
What is intriguing about the music is the silence that exists just under the notes. It’s as if you’re walking on ice and you sense that there’s something just beneath the surface. Like the late Beethoven sonatas, there’s a psychological ambivalence to the music, always another level of meaning. It is art that conceals art.
Schubert wrote for silence; half his work
Lay like a frozen Rhine till summers came
That warmed the grass above him. Even so
His music lives now with a mighty youth.
-- George Eliot
The purpose of the piece is to explore the idea that dance, itself, can embody music without the dogma of subjective interpretation.
My choreography is not explicitly about anything. There is no story or narrative. The role of the dancer is to "voice" the music -- akin to the way the pages of a book disappear in literature.The challenge is to make the music, and its silence, visible.The dancer's responsibility is to "sing", through movement, the music.
About The Company
The Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet presents original dance pieces that reflect Los Angeles’ unique civic identification.RRMB is a classical ballet company with an emphasis on producing contemporary work, often in collaboration with local artists.RRMB has earned critical acclaim at home and on tour and is highly regarded for its uniqueness and distinction.
About the Artists
Raiford Rogers is Director/Choreographer of RRMB.He is a native of Bad Axe, Michigan.Mr. Rogers was twice awarded National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer Fellowships.His works have been performedthroughout the U.S. and internationally.
Rogers has created numerous collaborative pieces with prominent musicians, composers and artists.Recent ballets include works set to Beethoven’s late piano sonatas and string quartets, and to J.S. Bach’s preludes for piano.
Dancers for this project include Bobby Briscoe, Erica de la O, Lisa Gillespie, Amanda Rae Peet, Rick Porter, Keira Schwartz, Sam Shapiro, Kelly Ann Sloan, and Justin vanWeest. Monique L’Heureux is the lighting designer and costumes are by Yumiko.
Note from Raiford
Our small dance company is truly a labor of love. All of our dancers, designers, and artists are paid a stipend.We all do it because we want to be part of an artistic collaboration.
Our Kickstarter minimum goal is to raise an additional $7,500 to help pay for the initial production costs including dancer and artists fees.
We do need your help to make this ballet happen. Your donation, large or small, will help us reach our goal.Any amount is greatly appreciated. Any funds raised over and above our goal will go directly to pay for additional performances..
I look forward to seeing you at the premiere. I am profoundly grateful for your support.
CREDITS Dancers: Andrew Brader, Stefan Calka, Lisa Gillespie, Drew Grant, Nicole Haskins,Tekla Kostek, Merett Miller, Amanda Peet, Rick Porter, Annali Rose, Melissa Sandvig, Randolph Ward, Jamie Dee, Ashley Ellis, Marissa Leigh Gomer, Allynne Noelle,Ty Parmenter, Sam Shapiro, Kelly Ann Sloan, Richard Smith, Jorge Alejandro Boza, Bobby Briscoe, Erica de la O, Precious Gilbert, Ashley Hoffman, Regina Park Suh, Justin van Weest, Shell Bauman, Christian Broomhall, Kelby Brown, Ilana Goldman
Lighting Design: Monique L'Heureux
Photography: A.Trelease, Ed Evans
Video: Mark Bowen, Kerry Candaele, Adrian Ravarour
Risks and challenges
It is essential to pay all the artists involved in “Schubert’s Silence”. Without the key collaborators, this dance project would not exist. Our most urgent concern is paying the dancers. A successful Kickstarter campaign will illustrate to other potential sponsors that we have the support to make this project happen. We are committed to paying our dancers and artists a fair salary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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