“What I am trying to acquire is not to draw a hand, but the gesture, not with mathematical correctness a head, but the expression…in short, life.” (Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Theo)
As the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh sought to capture the intangible, so, choreographer Marla Hirokawa seeks to capture the spirit of the tormented artist and to celebrate that divine creative capacity in artists that transcends humanity. As artistic director and resident choreographer of Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn (CBTB), Hirokawa has partnered with Austrian artist Eva Flatscher in conceptualizing this multi-media project. Flatscher utilizes her unique LIGHTPAINTING to bring color to the white stage during the performance. Jazz composer, arranger and musician Alan Ferber along with cellist, composer vocalist Jody Redhage provide the evocative score. Jazz guitarist Craig Brann is musical director, performing live onstage with his musical ensemble.
This collaborative portrait will cast a male dancer as the Van Gogh character and a female dancer as the personification of Art. A third character, the LIGHTPAINTING produced by Flatscher during performance will portray color as perceived by Van Gogh. Essential to the theme and collaborative spirit of this work are the points of improvisation woven into the piece that give the dancers, Eva, and the musicians’ personal, creative expression.
"no Light no Life" will premiere on April 28-30, 2011 at 8pm at the University Settlement Speyer Hall and will feature Company principals Matthew Westerby (4/28 and 4/30) and Royce Zackery (4/29) as the Dutch artist and Allison Jay-Baber (4/28 and 4/30) and Therese Miyoshi Wendler (4/29) as the personification of Art.
CBTB is raising money towards this artistic endeavor through two fundraising events this spring, private donors and two grant possibilities. Currently, the only grant received for this collaboration comes from public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are waiting to hear from the Harkness Foundation for Dance regarding funding. Your gift through Kickstarter is greatly needed to help with Artist fees—the musicians, the LIGHTPAINTER and the dancers! All we need is 50 people donating $50 and we can reach our $2,500 goal. Please be a partner to bring this beautiful project to the stage and see Art come to life. Your support to CBTB is much appreciated.
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