Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

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DanceSaturday, May 5 8:00pm $25

Part of the Dance in Albany Series

A creative tour-de-force for over a quarter century, Ellen Sinopoli offers a mix of audience favorites and new works performed by her company of compelling, athletic and versatile dancers.

In celebration of its 26th season as the resident dance company of The Egg in Albany, the Company (ESDC) will perform a program that will feature two works to music by Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the centennial of his birth.

Contrapuntal Fling: Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” drives this energetic piece as the dancers scat, syncopate, shadow and swing to a truly extraordinary array of sound. This piece was an ESDC commission from the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

Counterflow: The grand orchestral feel of Bernstein’s “Symphony #2, Age of Anxiety” is replicated through the great expanse and energy of the dancers and five floor-to-ceiling panels of fabric. By contrasting these powerful moments with a dichotomy of quiet and stillness, Counterflow creates vast illusions with the dancers appearing and disappearing among the fabric. The dancers manipulate the panels to create an endless, billowing and connected sense of movement that is juxtaposed against very serene moments of tranquility.

This evening’s concert will also feature Oh My…, a dance set to five selections from the engaging music of “Appalachia Waltz”. This album, from the trio of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, double-bassist and composer Edgar Meyer and fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor, features authentic folk tunes, new melodies and traditional music that allow the choreography to dive from playfulness, to grace, to cartoon, to dreams, to dancing in the clouds.

The Betrothed, a passionate and emotional duet from the full evening work From the mind of a single long vine, one hundred opening lives – will also be performed.

The performance will also feature The Egg Kids Project – Capital Region dance students aged 12-18 who auditioned for the opportunity to perform onstage with Company in a dance created for them by veteran company member, Sara Senecal. The selected performers hail from Dance Force, Dance Works of Troy, Dance Center of Queensbury, and Modern Dance with Ginny Martin & Dana Yager.

The evening will begin with a 7:15 pm prelude talk given by Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli.

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This performance is part of the “Dance in Albany” series which features  fully staged shows at The Egg and stripped down IN THE RAW performances at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

The performances and community outreach by the companies in the Dance in Albany series are partially funded by the New York State DanceForce with support from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.

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