Tero Saarinen, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary choreographers, brings his powerful and expressive style to MORPHED, a new work with a score from Esa-Pekka Salonen.
A band of eight men seduce, demand, and swagger, with both music and movement ranging from brutally aggressive to meditatively soft and minimalistic. Saarinen has written an all-male piece only once before: 1996’s watershed Westward Ho. In his words, “Eighteen years on, I felt the need to bring together men of various ages and dance backgrounds, this time to address themes suchas change and sensuality.”
Saarinen, who works and resides in Finland, has been celebrated internationally for expanding the traditional vocabulary of Western contemporary dance, taking inspiration from Japanese Butoh and Kabuki theatre as much as classical European ballet. “Attentive,” “alert,” and “alive” are the company’s core principles.
This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Endowment for the Arts and the Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.
Friday, October 13 at 8:00pm
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