Behind the Steps: Song for Cello and the Missing / by Andrew Tran

As summer comes to a close, ETD is working hard to get ready for our 2017 NYC Season on October 13, 14 & 15 at the Martha Graham Studio Theater. I wanted to take some time to share a little bit about some of our repertory. Here is some "Behind the Steps" information on... 

Song for Cello and Piano (2016) was an instant success and premiered September 2016 at Teatro José Peón Contreras (Mérida, MX) and in New York City during our 10th Anniversary Concert at the Martha Graham Studio Theater. The piece was created in collaboration with and danced by Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, Graham Cole, and AJ Guevara wearing originally designed and hand painted costumes by renowned artist, Scooter LaForge.

Following the success from last year's showings in Mexico and New York City, Song for Cello and Piano was chosen to perform this summer in East Hampton at Dancers For Good, a fundraiser hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. The piece will also be returning for our 2017 NYC season and will feature a unique sequel.

Back in 2009, Daniel Tobias composed a piece of music titled, The Missing. This piece developed into a dark and haunting solo that premiered during my season at Joyce SoHo. Immediately after, Daniel's creativity continued to flow and he created another piece of music titled, Song for Cello and Piano. Unfortunately, at the time, I did not have enough rehearsals to devote to choreographing another piece. Seven years later, in 2016, I brought the music down to rehearsal and asked my dancers to improv to it and the piece was born!

This year, I have decided that The Missing will follow Song for Cello and Piano and act as a continuation. The Missing elaborates on the female character from Song For Cello and Piano and her struggle to rise above a looming darkness.

Both pieces feature original scores by Daniel Tobias, original costumes by Scooter LaForge.

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