New World Center, 500 17
Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(April 11, 2011) Coming off the heels of Julliard’s Beyond the Machine (NYC) and Miami LightProject/Adrienne Arsht Center’s Here and Now (Miami), choreographers Yara Travieso and Letty Bassartpremiere
. Inspired by the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center inaugurated in January ofthis year, these two Miami-born choreographers investigate the power of movement and sound.
, a presentation of the New World Symphony and Miami Dance Futures, will feature two dances1) Letty Bassart’s
Requiem for a Mustard Seed Closes in Song Act II
and 2) Yara Travieso’s
Letty Bassart collaborates with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, a quartet of New WorldSymphony Fellows, and visual artist Laura Luna to look at faith and miscarriage in spite of ____ (fill in theblank). The work is an extension of Bassart’s
, Bassart gave herself a challenge: dedicate
hours to a work (thinking time, studio time, tech. time, …) and see what happens. “The result was aconceptual and literal nose dive into the unknown,” says Bassart. “Requiem goes on to explore how wedeal with that unknown; what we do once there” She broaches the subject by using cabbages asmetaphors for our ideas and obsessions, umbrellas as inept protectors from our fears, hurled brusselsprouts as precarious landmarks, and a cinder block monolith as yellow-brick road gone awry. Thesemetaphors live on-screen and on the ground.In
, Yara Travieso collaborates with composer Jerome Begin, a septet of New World SymphonyFellows, visual artists Ryan Hartley, architectural designer Chat Travieso as well as fashion designerFabiola Arias. For the performance, Begin will amplify seven string instruments electronically, andprocess them live. By doing so he aims to shatter the expectations of a formal orchestral experience. Inconjunction, to warp the expectations of storytelling, Travieso will present live and recorded cinematicepisodes of moving images and architecture. "We wanted to create a world full of distortion anddisorientation, both sonically and visually, zooming into how terrifying this could be, or exciting, orliberating or..!"Curator Lydia Bittner Baird explains “What makes this evening so exciting is the depth and innovation ofeach collaboration. That is evident within each work, throughout the evening, and in the very launching ofthis event in this building. This event is happening thanks to the New World Symphony’s ability to do whathas already been done in a completely new way. Music and dance together are not new, but I believe
has the potential to change how people think about this age old pairing.”“This event epitomizes what the New World Center is all about: celebrating the traditions and uniqueaspects of cultural disciplines, and combining them, forming a different, yet powerful and compellingexperience,” said Craig Hall, Vice President for Communications of the New World Symphony. “Thecreativity and energy of these young yet immensely talented artists, results in a palpable excitement thatpermeates the performance.”
has been made possible with funding support from the City of Miami Beach, Cultural AffairsProgram, and Cultural Arts Council; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the CulturalAffairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, YoungArts, theTempo Miami resort, as well as production support from Thought Loom, Inc.