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Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet with Melody Fader on Piano at City Center Studio 4

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New Chamber Ballet
www.newchamberballet.com
Artistic Director: Miro Magloire

Dancers: Alexandra Blacker, Elizabeth Brown,
Madeline Deavenport, Victoria North, Lauren Toole

Musician: Melody Fader
At
City Center Studio 4
130 West 56th Street
NY, NY 10019

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 18, 2010


104 Fahrenheit: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Miro Magloire (“104 Fahrenheit” for piano), Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Costumes by Candice Thompson, Danced by Alexandra Blacker, Elizabeth Brown, and Madeline Deavenport. New Chamber Ballet is a gem of a Company, with uncluttered choreography, a live pianist (and sometimes a violin), and performances in the characteristic setting of a hidden space at City Center, replete with scrolled moldings, an old, wooden door, and a level, wooden stage. Miro Magloire, founder and Artistic Director of New Chamber Ballet, was born in Munich and studied dance at the Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, and Peridance School.

Miro Magloire has created here both choreography and music, and he describes this work as “set in a very warm place……….a mix of lethargy and short wild outbursts”. The music contains driven chords that follow rambling notes, with generous, punctuating staccato phrases. Atonal trills precede pauses, and the entire composition is concert worthy, with fascinating surprises. The three dancers move at times with arms up-stretched, dashing off in opposite directions. In the highest treble notes, the music mimicked breaking glass, and the dancers were mesmerizing in black simple costumes that accentuated the rhythms.

I should mention early on that watching Melody Fader at the piano, during each of tonight’s works, is pure delight, as she even uses facial gestures that match the mood and dynamic of the respective ballet, while she plays with warmth, attention to the dancers, and highly professional ease. Hearing her on this new composition, one would think she’d played it for years. She’s every bit a part of the stage, with her grand piano, as are the ballerinas.


Composition in Dark Colors: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Joseph Haydn (“Piano Sonata No. 39 in D Major”), Music performed by Melody Fader on Piano, Costumes by Candice Thompson, Danced by Elizabeth Brown, Victoria North, and Lauren Toole. Using a dark blue cloth and wearing black costumes, Ms. Brown, Ms. North, and Ms. Toole took tiny forward steps to this classic Haydn Sonata. Although Miro Magloire calls this piece a story ballet, I found it mesmerizing on its own, on an abstract level, with dancers soaring and swirling in sensuous disarray.


Adue: Choreography by Miro Magloire, Music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Costumes by Candice Thompson, Danced by Madeline Deavenport and Lauren Toole. Miro Magloire mentions his duets as central to this piece, scored to Salvatore Sciarrino’s scintillating, impressionist music, that sounds like rain against a window. As always, Ms. Fader fit into the onstage imagery with elegance. The duo dancing was exquisite, with Candice Thompson’s white/black costumes and Magloire’s sweeping, expansive gestures, followed by a sense of wonder and joy. One dancer is featured at a time, with one falling to the floor into an egg-like pose, and the other returning and encircling her. The corners of the stage become central as well. Eventually, both dancers are together, unconnected, reaching and touching the stage to the echoing piano chords. They finally fall with malaise.


Five Songs for Piano: Choreography by Emery LeCrone, Music by Felix Mendelssohn (“Songs without Words” Op. 19), Music performed by Melody Fader on piano, Costumes by Emery LeCrone, Danced by the Company. Right away the viewer notices ballet slippers, not pointe, and bare legs, no tights. There’s a natural, fluid quality to this ballet, although Mendelssohn’s score has elements of frenzy. The dancers push arms forward and run backwards, then swing arms with stretching, bending motifs. Ms. LeCrone’s choreography fits in nicely with Miro Magloire’s Company and Repertory. Kudos to Miro Magloire, Melody Fader, Emery LeCrone, and the Company of five.



Elizabeth Brown
in "104 Fahrenheit"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Madeline Deavenport
in "104 Fahrenheit"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Lauren Toole
in "Adue"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Composition in Dark Colors"
with Melody Fader on Piano
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Composition in Dark Colors"
with Melody Fader on Piano
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Composition in Dark Colors"
with Melody Fader on Piano
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Five Songs for Piano"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Five Songs for Piano"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Five Songs for Piano"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder


Miro Magloire's New Chamber Ballet
in "Five Songs for Piano"
Courtesy of Kristen Lodoen Linder



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net