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What does it mean to rise? To rise means to come into action. To rise means to become active in opposition or resistance. To rise means to prove oneself equal to a demand or emergency. And it means so much more. A collaboration between Neave Trio, choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance, and American composer, Robert Sirota, Rising is an evening of dance, visual and audio prompts. It asks the question, in this moment  of uncertainty and in the future, "How Will We Rise"? For more information on Rising. and the Neave Trio's Rising Initiative, click here 

D-CELL and Portraits in Dramatic Time: Exhibitions & Durational Performances in two parts with multi-disciplinary visual artist David Michalek

D-CELL presents an encounter with deceleration in both dance and visual art. The project, a hybrid between an exhibition and a performance, is comprised of two distinct but related works:

SlowDancingLive1 (2020 premiere)

Utilizing PS21’s architecture, grounds, and trails as media canvas, dancers from BodySonnet, Peridance, and Gallim will perform decelerated sequences on sand-covered raised platforms stationed throughout the landscape. Live music by the Neave Trio will accent the movement with works by Morton Feldman, whose compositions “seldom rise above a whisper . . . glacially slow and snowily soft” (Alex Ross, the New Yorker).


Portraits in Dramatic Time (2010)

The video installation, commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival and the Lincoln Center Public Art Fund, utilizes ultra-high-speed cameras to record scenes with well-known theater and film performers which, when played back, unfold at a glacial pace, thereby creating new layers of scenic content and meaning. Portraits in Dramatic Time features leading actors including Lili Taylor, William H. Macy, Patti LuPone, Holly Hunter, Alan Rickman, Ludivigne Sagnier, and Liev Schreiber. For more information on D-Cell and Portraits in Dramatic Time, click here

Projected Explorations

This collaboration between Neave Trio and visual artist and designer Ryan Brady pairs works by female composers, including Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke, Jennifer Higdon and Cecil Chaminade with digital projections of works by artists Helen Frankenthaler and Lyubov Popova, among others whose works are enhanced by Brady's design, designed to help tell the story of the music visually. To watch a livestream presentation and conversation about Projected Explorations, presented Boulanger Initiative click here

Love Letters

This program pairs remarkable piano trios with timeless love letters written by some of history’s most iconic figures, from Beethoven and Nabokov to Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Taylor. These letters, while all referring to romantic love, describe the various stages of a love story, from lust and elation, to longing and frustration, and even despair over a relationship’s end.

Love Letters features optional multimedia components. Between the performed works, the letters can be “written in real time,” as the words appear one by one as a projected image and are spoken by voice-over. These projections focus on key words, as other words from the letter disappear. For more information about Love Letters, click here

24 Hours

The Neave Trio seeks to create, with audience participation, the cycle of a full day, from the pre-dawn sounds of nature and the early morning sunrise to the “red moon” of the late evening.

Before the concert begins, a QR code will be distributed and each member of the audience is invited to scan this code on their electronic device. This enables the audience to access “morning sounds,” comprised of soundbites taken from nature, that will be cued to start playing before the house lights come up, as the Neave Trio is seated on stage and the hall is dark. As the house lights come up, the Trio begins to play, signifying the sunrise, as the audience ceases their “morning sounds.” Through the use of lighting and projected image/backdrop, various visual elements related to the stages of one day are on display during the remainder of the performance. Once the performance is complete, the house goes dark and the audience is, once again, encouraged to play their nature sounds, signifying the end of one day, and the beginning of a new cycle. For more information about 24 Hours, click here

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