Sinopoli Dance Company, 25th Anniversary of the Egg
celebration of its 25th birthday, the Egg commissioned choreographer
Ellen Sinopoli to put together a celebratory performance.
The pairing of Sinopoli and the Egg isn’t exactly a coincidence:
The well-known Capital Region choreographer’s dance company
is in its 12th year of residency at the Egg. The group has
been commissioned for special works and performances before,
by the likes of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Schenectady
Museum. The evening of dance and music will feature three
choreographic premieres and live music provided by cellist
Gideon Freudmann, pianist Carl Landa, percussionists Brian
Melick and Don Knack, guitarist Maria Zemantauski and vocalist
Two of the three dance premieres were created during a three-week
residency at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in
January. One of the dances explores perception of “falling
and spilling down, as well as falling and spilling back
up again.” This piece combines the talents of Sinopoli,
Melick and Zemantauski. The second piece being premiered
involves a dancing duo with piano accompaniment and two
chairs with wheels, and the third uses bird and flying imagery
while Quinn performs a spoken-word and vocal score.
The Egg’s 25th Anniversary celebration will be held at the
Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (April 12)
at 8 PM. Sinopoli and the musicians will be available for
an informal talk at 7:15 PM. Tickets for the show are $18
adults, $15 seniors and $9 children. For information and
reservations, call the Egg at 473-1845.
and Puppet Theater
the sixth year, Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater
returns to Hudson’s Time & Space Limited—and this year,
the title alone is worth the mention: The Insurrection
Mass With Funeral March for a Rotten Idea is a “non-religious
service in the presence of several papier mâché gods” featuring
secular scripture readings, a fiddle sermon and hymns.
Though the performance sounds whimsical, the theater brings
with it a reputation for pointed—if adventurous—topical
commentary, and the rotten idea to be laid to rest “is derived
from some recent political-economical event or idea that
deserves burial.” We can’t tell you specifically which moribund
idea will be interred, but as the theater is calling for
15 volunteers to assist, it must be a doozy.
From its inception in the early ’60s on the Lower East Side
of Manhattan, the theater has been socially and politically
conscious. Founder Schuman has compared theater at its best
to “bread . . . like a necessity,” and for theater to be
necessary it must not shy away from the important topics
of daily, contemporary life. For more than four decades,
Schuman and Bread and Puppet Theater have been so engaged,
and the theater is now one of the oldest nonprofit self-supporting
theatrical companies in the country.
Bread and Puppet Theater’s Insurrection Mass will
be performed at Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St.,
Hudson) on Sunday (April 13) at 4 PM and Monday (April 14)
at 7 PM. Tickets are $12 members, $15 nonmembers. For more
information or to volunteer to assist with the performance,
Andrew Liles, Howard Stelzer and Jason Talbot
that odd Dutch buzzing sound in your ears? It’s Beequeen.
Since the late ’80s, Frans de Waard and Freek Kinkelaar
have explored numerous permutations of ambient-industrial
music, using triphop, electro-environmental sounds, assorted
samples and other tasty aural folderol. The result is a
densely layered, richly complex organic music that also
includes instruments—you know, like keyboards and guitars.
Or, as one U.K. music writer put it, Beequeen “convey many
alternatively bleak, if imagistic soundscapes, either through
the wheezing of asthmatic machines, drones of catatonia
immersed in cryogenic guitar feedback or the steamy smelt
of arcane industry.” Beequeen tour infrequently, so this
Impulse Response program tomorrow (Friday) may indeed be,
as the press release suggests, a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
Also appearing will be Andrew Liles and the duo of Howard
Stelzer and Jason Talbot. Liles’ debut disc An Un World
made a strong impression on the critics, such as this notice
in side-line: “Extremely minimalist sadness compiled
into 14 tracks. . . . This is audio material for the trained
ear only.” Liles often combines samples of natural sounds
with bits of found conversations, sine waves and music made
on traditional instruments; the results consistently attract
adjectives like sad, disquieting and beautiful. Stelzer
and Talbot have been collaborating for a few years. Stelzer’s
ax is a standard cassette player, which he plays by manipulating
the motors and gears, while Talbot works a turntable with
a prepared needle (prepared, that is, with items like paper
clips and balloons). C’mon, your ears will thank you.
Impulse Response presents Beequeen, Andrew Liles, and Howard
Stelzer and Jason Talbot tomorrow (Friday, April 11) at
8 PM at the iEAR! Gallery in West Hall Auditorium (Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy). Tickets are $5, $3 seniors
and students. For more information, call 281-3206.