Fall MOMENTA Evening Concert
The Fall Evening Concerts for MOMENTA are very much a Director’s Choice.
As I retire as Artistic Director of MOMENTA, I chose works and choreographers I would very much like to see again. The classical ballet works have a Spanish flavor with Petipa’s Paquita – a stylish work that shows off our beautiful new tutus that Deb Fairchild has been making for the past three years – with the help of a number of alums who have learned the arduous task of pleating endless yards of tulle. A classical tutu takes a minimum of 40 hours and will cost up to $1000 for each – before decorating! The other ballet work is a real dream come true for me to have on our stage – Seven Spanish Songs with wonderful music by Manuel de Falla, and choreography by Juliana Navarro after an original ballet from 1961 by Gene Marinaccio for his American Concert Ballet in Los Angeles. Juliana and I danced in that company together when we were in our teens – she went on to perform with the San Francisco Ballet, and I came to Oak Park. Being together this past summer to make this happen was very special for both of us – but we really could not have made this happen without Amy de Jong, a MOMENTA parent, with a nationally prominent voice, and Mark Anderson, the Academy’s world class guitar teacher!
Our historical modern dance is represented by an excerpt from Martha Graham’s 1944 Appalachian Spring, staged and directed by Sandra Kaufmann, and Doris Humphrey’s and Ruth St. Denis 1920 Soaring – both works by great women choreographers.
We bring our commitment to inclusive dance through four works – Anita Kenney and Ginger Lane will perform their work Prayer, Julia Cox and Robby Williams will perform Sarah Najera’s Duet in C Major, and we will have two works by Sarah Cullen Fuller – a solo, Journeyman for Kris Lenzo and Queens, a work created for Counter Balance this past September with Stephanie Clemens, Ladonna Freidheim, Maddy Joss, Anita Kenney and Ginger Lane.
From the beginning MOMENTA was always about making new works – and we have commissioned Connor Cornelius and Cora D. Mitchell to create choreography for our senior apprentices.
The last Director’s Choice work is She Closed Her Eyes, originally created by Raphaelle Ziemba for students taking a summer workshop. Now some of those same students have grown up – and it is a great pleasure for me to see this work again. It was a favorite when we took it on tour to Austria in 2007 – and it is still a favorite of mine.
2nd & 9th at 8:00pm
3rd & 10th at 7:00Pm
at the Door
The Doris Humphrey Memorial Theater
Academy of Movement and Music
605 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Photos by Lisa Green