Two World Premieres, Live Music, and a Guest Artist From The American Ballet Theatre Bring Ballet Back to the Sheen Center

MorDance Season IV, From the Center

Date: April 21 – 24, 2016
Location: The Black Box Theater, Sheen Center
Tickets: $25, $15 for students

MorDance, in its mission to create modern, relevant movement that maintains the integrity of classical ballet, returns to New York’s newest performing arts center as its resident ballet company this spring with Season IV, From the Center. The first company to perform on the Sheen Center stage in 2014, MorDance returns to its black box theater April 21-24 to present Propinquity and Apart from the Peripheral, two world premieres and The Shape of Voice, a continuation of a work commissioned by the Columbia Ballet Collaborative in November 2015.

Rooted in a classical ballet vocabulary but spoken in a contemporary dialect, the ensemble of seven will reconfigure the Bleecker street space to perform in the round, surrounded by audiences on four sides of the stage. In providing a unique experience and view of these works for each patron, an athleticism, musicality and employment of innovative ideas, music and line redefine the lens through which Artistic Director Morgan McEwen creates.

“As an artist I am constantly seeking ways to bring the audience into my work,” explains MorDance Artistic Director, Morgan McEwen. “This season I am quite literally doing that by creating a body of work that will be viewed from all sides, from the center and in the round.  The effort that goes into a project where the audience sits on every side of the dancer calls for a heightened level of attention to detail—there is no moment a dancer can turn their backs to sneak in an extra breath or work to make a one dimensional shape like we often do. It is challenging, wonderful and can be daunting.” 

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Photo by Kelsey H. Campbell