Below are some photos of A Dancer's Christmas 2018 at the Ailey theater. We are planning another performance with Chevalier Ballet, SLK Ballet school and guest artists the weekend of December 20/21.
Believe it or not, it's still the Christmas Season. (It goes till next Sunday which is the feast of the Baptism. In that spirit I'm adding the videos of A Dancer's Christmas 2001 and 2003. This was the second choreographic iteration of A Lark Ascending in which I juxtaposed the birth of Jesus with the ministry. Carol Faherty danced the role of Mary at the time of the ministry and Cross. Dian Melley danced Mary at the birth. Jamie Huggins was the "Son of God" in the beginning and then Jesus in the Lark. There's a section with John the Baptist so I think the timing is perfect for this weekend! Note that in the 2001 version, the opening was quite different musically and choreographically than the 2003 version.
It's been an extraordinary weekend in NY. With Sara Knight's company and school, guest artists and BLDE veterans, it was an amazing performance. I hope to share some more the works as I'm able.
Dear Friends of the BLDE
It's been a long time since I have written and there have been many changes in my life. I'm no longer in NY and am back in Massachusetts. It's a long story and if anyone wants more details, feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.
The good news is that there is a performance of A Dancer's Christmas in NY this year. Sara Knight, long time friend and dancer for ADC is staging a version of ADC with her beautiful new Chevalier Ballet. Sara directs a wonderful training program for young dancers in NY and she asked if she could stage ADC with her company since I would not be able to do it. So I'm thrilled that a version of ADC that combines elements of the original with Christmas Reflections and Christmas Revelations. It will take place on December 21st/22 at the Ailey Citigroup theater, 405 55th St. NY, NY. I'm so grateful to Sara for making this happen.
Joining the Chevalier Ballet will be Maresa D'Amore Morrison, Steven Cornwall, Alex Olivieri, Michael Wang (10 Hairy Legs dancers), Michelle Principi and few of the BLDE veterans. If you're in NY on the weekend of the 21/22, it would be great to see you!
I just uploaded this past year's Saturday evening performance of Christmas Revelations. You can find it under Christmas Repertoire. Soon we will be starting rehearsals for What Wondrous Love is This as well as Palm Sunday and Vigil. I'm happy that i've been able to continue the BLDE tradition.
Tomorrow Evening, February 10th I will be screening Knot/Not I at a concert to benefit Venezuela. The composer I used when I choreographed this piece a number of years ago is Venezuelan. It features Steven Cornwall as Judas and Edwin Johnson as Jesus. You can see it in the Lenten Repertory section.
Blessings! Fr Bob
The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble performs the choreography of Robert VerEecke, S.J. During the Advent season, the company presents its major work--Christmas Reflections. On holidays, the company participates in the liturgies at St. Ignatius Church. BLDE hosts sevmalleral workshops each year.