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Selected Repertoire
The Carpet Series

Pigeonwing Dance’s Carpet Series is a compact outdoor performance taking place on an 8x10 Persian carpet in parks and on sidewalks across NYC.  Showcasing the choreography of five highly trained contemporary ballet dancers, this virtuosic and intricate dance is a study in contrasts: silk with asphalt, structured choreography with improvisation, and private space in public.  Since its July 2020 premiere, The Carpet Series has been performed over 150 times in all five boroughs.  The Carpet Series has been featured in the New York Daily News and DANCE Magazine,  where critic Nancy Wozny observed, "the geometric patterns of the Persian rug echo and amplify Lamb's idiosyncratic movement vocabulary, which is both intensely intricate and unusually syncopated. "

Full 13 minute work here.  
CRISPR ANCHOR
The Choreography of CRISPR 
MIT Museum Commission (2022)
Choreography and Editing by Gabrielle Lamb

Music by James Budinich
Dancers: Pigeonwing Dance (Giovanna Gamna, Robin Cantrell, Kody Jauron, Victoria Sames)
Cinematography: Joe Raffanti
Costumes: Adrienne Perry
Rising  Excerpts (2024)
Excerpts from a development workshop of  "Rising," in collaboration with the Neave Trio (violin, cello, piano).  "Rising" is an evening-length work premiering Fall 2024 and features a commissioned score by composer Robert Sirota. 
Dancers: Giovanna Gamna, Vivake Khamsingsavath, Gabrielle Lamb, Victoria Sames, Amy Saunder
Musicians: Anna Williams, Eri Nakamura, Mikhail Veselev
Cinematography: Joe Raffanti
More information about Rising here.  

Rehearsal video from Princeton University residency, February 2024
Orange (2017)
Premiered by BalletCollective at NYU's Skirball Center in October 2017.  Orange  was performed by five New York City Ballet dancers to a commissioned piano quintet by composer Caleb Burhans, "New York's mohawked Mozart" (Time Out New York).  Caleb’s music was performed live by The Knights, an innovative young chamber orchestra praised by the NYTimes as “spirited and vital”. 

Ballet Collective’s unique process also asks the choreographer and composer to work jointly from a piece of source art, specially commissioned for the occasion.  Our source artist, Trevor Paglen, is the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant and recently produced a fascinating body of work on machine vision.  Read about the process in my interview with Whitewall Magazine. 

Orange (linear classifier)
Aaron Sanz
Lauren King
Megan Lecrone
Aaron Sanz
Sean Suozzi and Lauren King
Zero Gravity Blooms (2018)

In 2015 Astronaut Scott Kelley spent a year aboard the International Space Station.   Longing for Earth and the natural world, he asked NASA’s permission to grow zinnias aboard the spaceship.  Alone in the US section with only the fragile flowers for company, he surmounted the challenges of gardening in a zero gravity environment (floating soil, beading water, etc).
 

Renowned harpist Mary Lattimore wrote a piece dedicated to Kelley, and I used this music to incubate a short work (6 minutes) with Nashville Ballet's second company in 2023. ​

I worked with the idea of tending to fragile living entities in a hostile environment dominated by technology.  I was asked to use a large group (16), but would like to expand it into a longer piece for a more compact cast. ​​

Joinery (2018)
Premiered by Whim W'him at Seattle's Cornish Playhouse in January 2018.  Joinery (7 dancers) is inspired by ideas of rupture, repair, and resilience.

Although the wind 

blows terribly here,

The moonlight also leaks

between the roof planks 

of this ruined house.  

           ---Izumi Shikubu

PHOTOS

Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Photo by Bamberg Fine Art
Viriditas (2021)
Viriditas depicts the changed pace of life during quarantine. Two dancers live and move on botanical time, aligning themselves with the rhythms of day and night and the changing of the seasons. It is danced by real-life roommates Amy Saunder and Tiffany Mangulabnan; and the idea for the film came from Amy’s return to NYC after the first months of lockdown. Coming home to an apartment full of green, she discovered that Tiffany had become a “plant person” during her absence. (June 2021)
Music: Hildegard von Bingen
Cinematography/Coloring: Joe Raffanti
Costumes: Christine Darch
Plexus: a work in knots (2020)
Premiered by Pigeonwing Dance in February 2020 at Gerald W Lynch Theater in NYC. 
Plexus is a complex ecosystem of interdependent bodies, a mysterious network of fluctuating loyalties built upon an unsteady balance of power -- set to a commissioned electroacoustic score from composer James Budinich.
Photo by Charles Roussel
Photo by Charles Roussel
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson

PHOTOS

Production photos by Thomas Wilson / Promotional photos by Charles Roussel
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