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HAGOROMO - WORLD PREMIERE

BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Nov 5—7, 2015 at 7:30pm, Nov 8 at 3pm

Conceived and directed by David Michalek
Featuring Wendy Whelan, Jock Soto, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Katalin Károlyi and Peter Tantsits
Music by Nathan Davis
Libretto by Brendan Pelsue
Choreography by David Neumann
Puppetry by Chris M. Green

Presented by BAM Next Wave 2015 in association with American Opera Projects

Costumes by Dries Van Noten
Lighting design by Clifton Taylor
Stage design by Sara Brown
Puppetry design by Chris M. Green
Dramaturgy by Norman Frisch

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Claire Chase, flute
Dan Lippel, guitar
Jennifer K. Curtis, violin
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion/dulcimer

Puppeteers
Ren Carrillo, Pepper Fajans, Catherine Gowl, Leah Hoffman, Rowan Magee, Erin Orr

Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Emily Ahn, Ariel Binns, Kierra Foster-Bagley, Erynn Gutierrez, Julia Harbutt, Natalie Hawkins, Akiya Henry, Jess Hernandez, Charlotte Knutsen, Olivia Knutsen, Meghan Kouassi, Stephanie Negron, Ana Maria Oliynyk, Lily Pisano, Clara Rosarius, Maya Sequira, Madelaine Smith, Sarah Sotomayor, Isabella Stevenson, Aliyah Weiss

Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Choral Director

Michael Givey, Production Manager
Karen Walcott, Technical Director
Dathan Manning, Stage Manager

ABOUT THE WORK

Reuniting former NYCB principal dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, Hagoromo is a multidisciplinary work of dance-chamber opera inspired by one of the masterpieces of Japanese Noh drama, featuring contralto Katalin Károlyi and tenor Peter Tantsits, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The ancient tale of Hagoromo involves a desolate island and the fateful encounter between a poor fisherman (Soto) and a fallen angel (Whelan). A thoroughly contemporary vision, this retelling is a bold experiment in hybrid forms: a chamber opera composed by Nathan Davis and librettist Brendan Pelsue, with dance choreographed by David Neumann, puppetry by Chris M. Green, dramaturgy by Norman Frisch, and costumes created by the celebrated Belgian designer Dries Van Noten. Description for World Premiere production.


BIOS

bycBROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
(chorus)
Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through their distinctive, remarkable sound, artistic innovation, and collaboration with classical and contemporary artists. With an incredibly versatile range and unique repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive vocal training and music study with exceptional performances. The Chorus has been touted by The New York Times as a “consistently bold organization” that regularly commissions and presents new music in genre-defying forms. The Chorus’s after-school program encompasses multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles as well as a full complement of enrichment classes and individual lessons.Our diverse student body of over 500 young people, ages 7-20, represents nearly 200 schools citywide. Classes take place at our Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Red Hook, Brooklyn.

sara brownSARA BROWN
(set designer)
Sara Brown is a set designer for theater, dance and opera based in Boston, MA. Her designs include World of Wires (The Kitchen, NYC & Festival d'Automne, Paris), House in Bali (BAM's Next Wave series and Cal Performances), The Temperamentals (The Lyric Stage Company, Boston), Island and Images from the Embers (Dana Tai Soon Burgess Co., Washington DC), The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theater, Chicago), The Shape She Makes and The Lily's Revenge (The American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA), Bride Widow Hag, A Bright New Boise, The Flu Season, and Twelfth Night (The ART Institute, Cambridge, MA), and Mr. G (Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA). She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is the Director of Design for Music and Theater Arts at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
davisNATHAN DAVIS
(composer)
Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes). Lincoln Center inaugurated the TullyScope Festival with the premiere of Nathan's landmark work Bells and presented other premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Steven Schick, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and the Ojai Festival (with sound sculptor Trimpin), Nathan's music has been performed at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Miller Theatre, LPR, Roulette, in a portrait concert at Spoleto USA, and internationally at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, Aspekte Salzburg, and Acht Brücken Köln. He has received awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and MATA. With Phyllis Chen he scored Sylvia Milo's acclaimed monodrama The Other Mozart. CDs of his music include The Bright and Hollow Sky, one of TimeOut NY's top 5 classical albums of 2011. www.nathandavis.com
norman frischNORMAN FRISCH
(dramaturg)
Norman Frisch is an independent dramaturg, performance curator, and producer based here in New York. Over the years, he has worked with many fine theater artists: Reza Abdoh & dar a luz, Bread & Puppet Theater, The Builders Association, MotiRoti, Bill Rauch, Peter Sellars, Stuart Sherman, SITI Company, and The Wooster Group, among others. Frisch has curated and co-curated a number of important international arts centers and festivals, and taught at universities, both here and abroad. He is an active member of Literary Managers & Dramaturges of the Americas (LMDA).
chris m greenCHRIS M. GREEN
(director of puppetry)
Chris M. Green is a Brooklyn-based designer, performer, composer, and director. His theatrical, sound, and installation works have been presented over the past 18 years in venues including Lincoln Center, New York City Center, National Geographic Museum, La Jolla Playhouse, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Goethe Institute (Delhi), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Teatro del Lago (Chile) among others. His Brooklyn-based design studio Chris Green Kinetics has received awards from the American Association of Museums, Themed Entertainment Association, and AIA. Recent honors include Creative Capital Award (2009), MacDowell Fellowship (2012), and LMCC Process Space residency (2013). Currently, Green is developing his new play ‘American Weather’ through the HERE Resident Artist and Dream Music Programs with support from the Jim Henson Foundation. Along with wife Erin K. Orr, Green teaches an intensive performance workshop called ‘The Language of Things’ both nationally and internationally. He is honored to be on Hagoromo’s creative team.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE (ICE)
(ensemble)
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 35 leading instrumentalists, performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.
katalin karolyiKATALIN KAROLYI
(contralto, The Angel)
Born in Hungary, Katalin Károlyi studied singing with Noëlle Barker and Julia Hamari. She went on to set up Studio Versailles Opéra with Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs. Other conductors she has worked with include Yehudi Menuhin, William Christie, Phillip Herreweghe and David Robertson. Opera productions include performances at the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Festwochen, Almeida Opera and the Festival d’Aix en Provence. She has also appeared at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms and Cité de la Musique. She frequently appears with ensembles including Ictus, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Amadinda, Asko-Schoenberg, Musikfabrik, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and Seoul Philharmonic. She has had numerous works composed for her including Ligeti’s Sippal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel which she has given frequent performances of, as well as a recording for Teldec Classics. http://www.katalinkarolyi.org/
DAVID MICHALEK
(director, conception)
David Michalek's work ranges from photography, video/sound and light installations and live performance to site-specific works of public art. His concentration has been closely tied to his interest in the contemporary person, which he explores through the use of relational aesthetics, performance techniques, storytelling, movement, and gesture. His work in video has been focused on capturing marginal moments —carefully staged — that develop density with minimal action through the interplay of image, sound, and most importantly, time. Exploring notions of durational and rhythmic time (as opposed to the referential time used in cinema) in both form and content, his works engages in intimate yet open narratives. His work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent art exhibitions or performances at the Brooklyn Museum, the LA Music Center, The Louvre, The Cleveland Museum, Covent Garden, Harvard University, Sadler's Wells, Trafalgar Square, Opera Bastille, Venice Biennale, Yale University, The Kitchen, Tanz Im August, WOMAdelaide, Lincoln Center and the Edinburgh Festival. David Michalek is a visiting faculty member at Yale Divinity School, where he lectures on religion and the arts. www.davidmichalek.net
neumannDAVID NEUMANN
(choreographer)
As artistic director of Advanced Beginner Group, Neumann’s work has been presented in New York at PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Central Park Summer Stage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, The Whitney at Altria, The Kitchen, and New York Live Arts. David Neumann and Advanced Beginner Group have received four Bessie Awards, several grants including Creative Capital, BUILD, Rockefeller and MAP funds. In recent years, Neumann has been awarded a 2011 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award for Dance, a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography and a 2014 MacDowell Fellowship. He was recently awarded a 2014 NDP Production Grant. More recently, Neumann directed Geoff Sobelle's 'Object Lesson' at BAM and choreographed Soho Rep’s Obie Award winning production of An Octoroon.
pelsueBRENDAN PELSUE
(librettist)
Brendan Pelsue is a playwrights, librettist, and translator from Newburyport, Massachusetts. He is currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where past projects include Parking Lot, Riverbank: a Noh Play for Northerly Americans, and a translation/adaptation of Molière’s Dom Juan. A Huntington Playwriting Fellowship finalist and one of Cutting Ball Theater’s “Risky Playwrights,” his work has been produced or developed by groups including the Corkscrew Theater Company, the Telephonic Literary Union, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
sotoJOCK SOTO
(dancer, Hakuryo)
Jock Soto, who is half Navajo Indian and half Puerto Rican, was born in New Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Soto’s extensive repertory at New York City Ballet included principal roles in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. He also inspired the creation of roles in many new ballets, including Peter Martins's A Schubertiad (1984), Ecstatic Orange (1987), Fearful Symmetries (1990), Jazz(Six Syncopated Movements) (1993), Sinfonia (1993), and Morgen (2001); Christopher Wheeldon's Slavonic Dances (1997), Mercurial Maoeuvres (2000), Polyphonia (2001), Morphoses (2002), Liturgy (2003), Shambards (2004), and After the Rain (2005); and Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Chiaroscuro (1994). After an acclaimed 24-year performing career, he retired from dancing in June 2005. Mr. Soto returned to the stage in May 2007 to originate the role of Lord Capulet in Peter Martins's new production of Romeo + Juliet for New York City Ballet. Mr. Soto’s life is the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Gwendolen Cates, Water Flowing Together, that explores Mr. Soto’s roots and documents the final years of his performing career with New York City Ballet. He has been a member of the School of American Ballet's faculty since 1996.
peter tantsitsPETER TANTSITS
(tenor, Hakuryo)
Peter Tantsits has appeared on the stages of the Teatro alla Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper and has been identified as “one of his generation’s most consistently satisfying contemporary vocal music specialists” (Opera magazine); He has recently appeared at the Vienna Festwochen, Acht Brücken Köln, Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, Holland, and Beijing Music Festivals, and with the London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Tonkünstler Niederösterreich, Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie, National Symphony, American Symphony, and multiple times with the New York Philharmonic (including the NY premiere of Le Grand Macabre). Other recent engagements include Leipzig Gewandhaus (Candide), Ramiro(La Cenerentola, Konzert Theater Bern), Carmina Burana (Vienna Konzerthaus), Beauty (The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, International Händel-Festspiele) and the title role in the UK/Irish tour of Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, including the Barbican premiere led by Thomas Adès. Upcoming appearances include the title role in Dusapin’s Perelà (Staatstheater Mainz); Michael (Donnerstag aus Licht, Theater Basel); a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Soldaten); Andres (Wozzeck, Concertgebouw Amsterdam); Acis (Acis and Galatea, Festival Lyrique de Belle-Île); and San Giovanni Battista (Gotham Chamber Opera). He makes his Carnegie Hall debut with the Oratorio Society of New York and will also debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Netherlands RPO and return to the London Symphony Orchestra and Konzert Theater Bern. http://robertgilder.co/peter-tantsits/
clifton taylorCLIFTON TAYLOR
(lighting designer)
Clifton Taylor has created lighting, projection and scenic designs for Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as opera, theater and dance companies around the world. His work at BAM has been presented with the music of Fred Ho (Journey to the West) as well as with many dance companies over the past 29 years. His designs for dance have been commissioned for the repertories of Alvin Ailey, Cedar Lake, Martha Graham, ABT, San Francisco and Washington Ballets among many others, as well as major companies Europe, Asia and South America. He is currently the resident designer for Karole Armitage, Philadanco and Elisa Monte dance companies. Opera designs have included several works for New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera, BAM, the New York Philharmonic’s opera presentations at Lincoln Center and internationally in Asia, Europe and South America for leading companies. www.designcurve.com
van notenDRIES VAN NOTEN
(costume designer)
Dries Van Noten sells his Men’s, Women’s and Accessories collections all over the world. In addition to his boutiques in Antwerp, Paris, Singapore, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Dries Van Noten works in partnership with some four hundred boutiques in cities such as New York, London, Milan, Berlin, and Moscow. In 2009, Dries was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in Paris; the Flemish Chamber of Commerce (VOKA) inducted him into the Galerie des Eminents; the Flemish Royal Academy of Belgium gifted him with the Gold Medal (“Gouden Penning”), and the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT in New-York honoured him with the “Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion”. In 2014 the work of Dries Van Noten, was featured at the musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. “Inspirations” is the very first exhibition devoted to the artist’s work. In November 2014, Dries Van Noten was appointed president of the jury of the 7th edition of the “A Shaded View on Fashion Film” Festival (ASVOFF). In 2015, the “Inspirations” exhibition moved to Antwerp’s MoMu. This is an evolution in content and expression of the exhibition in Paris devoted to the designer’s work. www.driesvannoten.be
whelanWENDY WHELAN
(dancer, The Angel)
“America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.” ~ The New York Times
Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet and a year later she moved to New York to become a full¬time student there. She was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She has originated featured roles in 13 ballets for Christopher Wheeldon, as well as in the ballets of William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. She received the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she was honored with both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance. In 2013, she premiered her first original production called Restless Creature at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Restless Creature has since toured to London and is currently on a 2015 tour across the US. Whelan was recently appointed an Artistic Associate at New York's City Center. She resides in New York City with her husband, the artist David Michalek.
 

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