SAN JOSE, CA — The sjDANCEco 2019-2020 season opens with a World Premiere, two West Coast Premieres, a Company Premiere and a masterwork by José Limón. The program will be performed to live music by the San José Chamber Orchestra at the California Theatre on October 18th and 19th. [Click here for event information]
José Limón’s powerful 1950 masterwork “The Exiles” is a male-female duet inspired by John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost, set to Chamber Symphony No. 2, Opus 38 by Arnold Schoenberg, an Austrian composer who emigrated to the United States in 1933 to escape the Nazis. (He began writing his Second Chamber Symphony in 1906 and completed it in 1939.) A version created by the composer will be played with four hands on two pianos by Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi (ZOFO). The piece will be danced by Kelisha Gardeen and Gabriel Mata.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Hsiang-Hsiu Lin with music by Randall Thompson is based on the poem by Robert Frost. It will be danced by eight members of the company, with music performed by the San José Chamber Orchestra and the San José Choral Project.
Hsiang-Hsiu Lin will also present her Company Premiere of “Tomorrow”, set to “For All We Know” (written by J. Fred Coots and Sam M. Lewis) and danced by Katherine House.
Maria Basile’s “Inner Edge” is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, set to Piano Concerto by Michael Ching (1996) with piano soloist Michael Touchi and danced by eight company members.
A World Premiere from choreographer Gabriel Mata entitled “This is where/I Begin…” is set to Jenuine Flow by Michael Wall. It is a solo work performed by Mata, inspired by the plight of a DACA/Dreamer immigrant living in the United States.
“Etched in Time” is a group collaborative that explores the multi-generational experiences of the dancers. It is set to music by Jazon Escultura that was commissioned for the piece. The music was actually created after the dance. It was a collaborative effort with Gary Masters, Barbara Day Turner and composer Escultura who together watched video of the dancers and then discussed how the music should sound. It was originally a “soundscape” computer-generated score, but has now been transcribed and will be performed live by the orchestra. It will be danced by Maria Basile, Kelisha Gardeen, Gary Masters, Gabriel Mata and Fred Mathews.
sjDANCEco is a year-round contemporary dance company based in San Jose, California that produces world premieres by its core and guest choreographers, and presents the very best of Contemporary and Classic Modern Dance and Masterpieces of the American Modern Dance Repertory. The company has also participated in International Dance Festivals in New York and Taipei and produces a free Spring Festival each year celebrating National Dance Week.