Expect three probing, contemporary works at "Innovations," the second production of BalletMet's 2014-2015 season
Choregrapher Gustavo Ramirez Sansano in rehearsal
Photo courtesy Jennifer Zmuda/BalletMet
Innovations is all about intimacy.
The second production of BalletMet's 2014-2015 season will show in the company's Performance Space-a small setting (it seats 225) that puts the audience with the dancers.
"What I would compare it to is 'Inside the Actors Studio' but without words," says Edwaard Liang, artistic director for the company. "It magnifies the relationships between the artist and the dancers and the audience."
Made up of three contemporary pieces from three world-renowned choreographers, Innovations will be a varied and probing show-perhaps a bit too modern or distinctive for some, Liang warns.
"It's the job of BalletMet to push the boundaries a little bit and to make people think and to educate people and reawaken what people think ballet is," he says.
Liang chose choreographers Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Brian Enos and Matthew Neenan to create these works specifically for the company.
Sansano was artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. BalletMet performed his piece 18 + 1 at its New Directions/New Works performance earlier this year. Enos has created works for the Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and more. Neenen, currently the choreographer in residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet, has worked with the Washington Ballet, Julliard Dance, the Sacramento Ballet and more.
Liang says he is honored to have them on the bill.
"These three choreographers have their own sort of vocabulary and language and essence to their choreography," he says, "and I've been a fan of all of their works."
The show will be about 90 minutes long with two intermissions. The first performance is on Friday, Oct. 24, and the last of 10 is Saturday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $25 and are expected to go quickly. Get yours here.
–Taylor Starek, @taylorstarek