Spreading the word…
I was first introduced to the 3rd Law Dance/Theater through my friend and Darwin Grosse who collaborated with them on numerous occasions. Last week, I was invited to attend a rehearsal for their upcoming show Elision Project Vol. 2.
It’s just a fantastic show and includes collaborations with commissioned scores by Conor Brown, Jesse Manno and Tom Wasinger so I wanted to spread the word.
About the Show
3RD LAW 3rd Law Dance/Theater is an award-winning modern/contemporary dance company that demonstrates a passionate belief in the power of live, in-the-moment performance. The company has been producing completely original, highly innovative work since 2001 presenting a panorama of evening-length, provocatively themed works and site-specific installations. The directors and dancers profess a creative vision that merges a powerful, energetic bodily idiom with a thoughtful and personal spirit and desire to create a magical space for widely diverse audiences that will transport them outside of the here and now
Last year’s well received Elision Project, EPV.1, spotlighted the wonderful performing arts hub that our very talented local musicians and dancers create in Boulder and surrounding communities. 3rd Law is recreating the concept as Elision Project Vol. 2 (EPV2), an entirely new evening to, once again, stimulate conversations between music and dance, create a platform for audiences to witness the way in which collaborations take life, support our community of local artists and create fruitful new works through collaboration. “One of our goals has always been to seek new directions for collaborations, and challenge our choreographic style with new music and sound,” says Jim LaVita, 3rd Law Artistic Co-Director, “with that in mind The Elision Project materialized as a platform for new conversations with internationally recognized composers whom we are honored to have as part of our local landscape.”
HOW THE EVENING UNFOLDS… Each composer will play a set consisting of a piece of their own choosing and then the commissioned work created with 3rd Law. The contrasting forms of recorded and performed music in both classical and modernist idioms will be united by the athletic poeticism of the company’s eight dancers.
About the Music
Jesse Manno is an inventive one-man band blending many cultures’ sounds with a keen sense of dancer timing and interplay. Middle Eastern lutes, flutes, electronics, percussion, and voice express Manno’s broad stylistic range.
Tom Wasinger will utilize the Viol Da Gamba and human voices in an exploration of personal and collective grief. Tom is also the founder of The Lost Angel Stone Ensemble, the world’s only touring collection of resonating stone instruments. This is the first public performance with these instruments in 18 years, featuring a reunion with fellow composer Jesse Manno.
Conor Brown’s clarinet performances feature complex rhythms and colorful ornamentation influenced by his familiarity with world music. His compositions here are inspired by the sweeping prairies, big sky, and jagged peaks of the American West.
Connor wasn’t at the early rehearsal I attended – but the rough cut recording of what he is going to play was quite moving.