Madame Ovary - a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and identity with choreography by Jody Oberfelder, music composed by Missy Mazzoli (funded by New Music USA), and lighting by Kathy Kaufmann. This new work uses Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary’s story of a corseted life amid 19th Century social constructions as a springboard to address and provoke conversation on today’s gender revolution and the #metoo movement. Oberfelder boldly weaves together small stories, broad contexts, and big dancing. With empathy, humor, embroidered breast plates, and badass rocker panache, Oberfelder addresses an ever-evolving terrain of womanhood.
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Wednesday May 15
Guests of Honor: The Guerrilla Girls
Isabella O’Oonnell (piano), Emily Giovine, Elizabeth Hart (bass), Mary Madsen, Lou Mandolini, Jody Oberfelder, Maya Orchin, Mei Yamanaka
Choreographer/Director: Jody Oberfelder
Music: Missy Mazzoli
Lighting Designer: Kathy Kaufmann
Dramaturg: Jessica Applebaum
Prop Designer: Lexi Ho-Ti
Sound Designer: Almeda Beynon
Costume Designer: Jody Oberfelder
Taking Ravel's Ondine for solo piano as the starting point, this concert will explore chamber works by Maurice Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre, Lili Boulanger, Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu, Kaija Saaraiho and an Irish premiere by Siobhán Cleary.
Performers: Sylvia O'Brien, soprano, William Dowdall, flute, Keith Pascoe, violin, Alex Petcu, percussion, Isabelle O'Connell, piano.
Presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, with funding from an Arts Council Project Award.
On February 11th at 4pm at St. Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, Composers Concordance presents 'Piano Motion,' a concert event pairing new piano compositions with an array of contemporary choreographies. As pianists Christopher Vassiliades, Jai Jeffryes, and Isabelle O'Connell perform brief solo sets, dancers Max Pollak, Julie Fotheringham, and Livya Howard-Yashar meld techniques from tap, modern dance, jazz, classical ballet, Afro-Cuban, and body percussion to the varied music. This program is dedicated to the wonderful musician and educator Catherine Luening in a milestone birthday year, and features compositions by Otto Luening, Ann Warren, Christopher Vassiliades, Dan Cooper, Dominy Clements, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson, Masatora Goya among others.. For the grand finale, all three pianists meet at one piano to perform a newly-composed suite for piano six hands. Following the concert, there will be a wine-and-cheese reception.
Opening the evening Isabelle O’Connell, pianist, brings a beautiful program of renowned living Irish new music composers, whom have created one of the most exciting and diverse music scenes in the world today.