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SELECTED WORKS

Viriditas
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
 
Passacaglia
Dancer: Zimmi Coker
Violinist: Derek Ratzenboeck
Music: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber "Passacaglia in G minor for Unaccompanied Violin"
Cinematography/Color Grading: Melissa Wu
Produced by Pigeonwing Dance & Arts on Air NYC (2020)
 
Plexus: a work in knots
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

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Production photos by Thomas Wilson / Promotional photos by Charles Roussel
Onrush
Premiered by Marymount Manhattan Dance Company in February 2018.  Onrush (22 dancers) is inspired by the movement of crowds through the streets and subways of NYC>
Joinery
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

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

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Aswim
Premiered by Pigeonwing Dance at Bryant Park in July 2018.  Aswim (4 dancers) is an exploration of fluid dynamics, loosely inspired by the recent discovery of octopus cities off the coast of Australia.  
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson
Photo by Thomas Wilson

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Can't Sleep But Lightly
Premiered by Dark Circles Contemporary Dance at Dallas's Watertower Theater in March 2018.  Can't Sleep But Lightly (7 dancers) was a collaboration with composer/percussionist Brandon Carson, who plays all the instruments in the recording.  The piece was inspired by words and phrases from Lydia Davis' short story A Natural Disaster.  
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford
Photo by Sharen Bradford

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Orange
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

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Bewilderness
Created for Pigeonwing Dance and premiered at Baruch College Performing Arts Center in November 2016.  Bewilderness (8 dancers) is inspired by writings by author/activist Rebecca Solnit, and features music by Joan Cambon and Henry Purcell.   Bewilderness returned for a three performance run at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in March 2018. 
Giorgia Bovo
Patrick O'Brien and Giovanna Gamna
Giorgia Bovo

PHOTOS

Meristem
Created for Pigeonwing Dance and premiered at Bryant Park in June 2017.  Meristem (4 dancers) explores pattern formation in the natural world.   The botanical term "meristem" refers to undifferentiated plant tissue cells capable of division, specialization and growth.  On the Bryant Park stage, in the midst of Midtown’s tumult, the supple and articulate Pigeonwing dancers moved through a sequence of increasingly intricate spirals, waves, and vortices, all of it inspired by the simple rules governing some of nature’s most elegant patterns.  
 
Photo: Michael Darling
Photo: Thomas Wilson
Photo: Michael Darling
Photo: Thomas Wilson
Photo: Thomas Wilson

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