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Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater

May 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$25 – $75

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT), the Jersey Shore’s professional ballet company, will present a one-night-only special event, ARCHITECTS OF DANCE, featuring the Company in choreography by some of the greatest modern dancers of our time who will also perform on the program.

Inspired by the Bauhaus architectural movement, AXCBT Artistic Director Gabriel Chajnik conceived of ARCHITECTS OF DANCE to illustrate how choreography and architecture can influence each other. The program will feature works by Andrea Weber, formerly of Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Blakely White-McGuire, formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company; Daniel Fetecua, formerly of Jose Limon Dance Company; Michael Trusnovec, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company; and Mr. Chajnik, formerly of American Repertory Ballet.

Michael Trusnovec will perform a dynamic series of falls and weight shifts in a solo from Merce Cunningham’s Variations V from 1965, originally danced by Albert Reid. Simultaneously, Andrea Weber will perform a solo from Cunningham’s Fractions from 1978. Originally danced by Lisa Fox and Karole Armitage, this solo is a virtuosic evolution of a single phrase. The two solos will be performed to a recording of John King’s “100tonecandles.” Mr. Trusnovec and Ms. Weber have collaborated on several projects since meeting in 2019 at the famed American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Mr. Trusnovec’s Minimal Complex is set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Preludes from “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Said Mr. Trusnovec, “Bauhaus artist Paul Klee transformed Bach’s music structure into two-dimensional graphic visualizations. Minimal Complex explores and interprets an abstracted, four-hand version of three movements from ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier.’ With a focus on the architectural genius, harmonies, counterpoints, and pure simplicity of the music, four dancers become a physical layer of geometric patterns, movement, and breath.”

Ms. Weber’s Arbol is set to “Six Little Piano Pieces” by Arnold Schoenberg. The dance explores structures, foundational support, and how we are all interconnected. “In considering the Bauhaus movement of architecture and design,” said Ms. Weber, “I began to see similar imagery in nature. The cross-section between the two became the inspiration for the movement.”

Blakeley White-McGuire will perform alongside Daniel Fetecua in works choreographed by the pair. Their In a language other than English was commissioned by Buglisi Dance Theater; Structures of Liberty from 2022 was also commissioned in part by Buglisi Dance Theater. In this work-in-process, the artists seek to interrogate the imposition of ideas, language, and the phenomenon of the matrix of power wherein individuals perform a perceived entitlement to speak about realities outside of their personal experience. Ms. White-McGuire’s Apertura is set to Maurice Ravel’s “Miroirs” and “Nature Boy” by Chris Whitely. “Apertura bring focus and perspective on new possibilities for intimate transactions in common spaces,” said Ms. White-McGuire. “What might happen if we bring the full range of our emotional and physical intellect into the communal common space? How do particular compositions ignite conversation and exchange?”

Gabriel Chajnik’s series of dance vignettes, Komposition, is set to music by Erik Satie and has scenery of works by Wassily Kandinsky, a faculty member of the Bauhaus School from 1922 to 1933. “Kandinsky’s works are a great combination of art and science,” said Mr. Chajnik. “This dance is inspired by the Bauhaus concept Gesamtkunstwerk, which roughly translates to ‘total work of art,’ and strives to make use of many art forms within a single comprehensive artwork. Throughout the piece, the lines and shapes within Kandinsky’s thirty-nine paintings interact with the dancers, sparking geometrical, physical, aesthetic, and spiritual reactions.”


May 18, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$25 – $75
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