Entering its fourth season, Duende is excited to present “break my echo” as part of the 2017 Neighborhood Fringe Festival. A new music and contemporary dance collective, Duende focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores.
Duende’s newest show, “break my echo,” features three pairs of award winning composers and choreographers responding to a melody from Stockhausen’s Zodiac-inspired Tierkreis. Acclaimed musicians from new music groups So Percussion and Music join for a performance exploring the nature of perspective. Composers Gabriella Smith, Jason Treuting and co-founder Alyssa Weinberg pair up with dancer/choreographers Colby Damon, Keila Perez-Varga and co-founder Chloe Perkes create new works to be performed by co-founder and cellist Gabriel Cabezas, guitarist Jordan Dodson, flutist Alex Sopp, and percussionist Jason Treuting.
Break my echo will take place on September 7th and 8th at Performance Garage, an historic 19th century horse stable transformed into a versatile dance theater in the Spring Garden neighborhood. Everyone is encouraged to have a drink, make some new friends, and get up close and personal with the performers in this informal show.
More about duende …
Now beginning its fourth season, duende is a new music and contemporary dance collective which focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores. Co-founded by composer Alyssa Weinberg, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and dancer/choreographer Chloe Felesina, shows emphasize an equal collaboration of music and dance, exploring the creative possibilities that result from the marriage of these two disciplines. duende has produced shows in a wide range of Philadelphia venues including Performance Garage, Made Studios, the Print Center Gallery, and SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble.
duende was born in an initial, chance meeting through the LiveConnections series at World Café Live, featuring the accidental premiere of Alyssa Weinberg’s “Prayer” for solo cello, based on Kevin Powers’ Iraq War novel “The Yellow Birds,” alongside improvised dance. We found that our artistic product was more than the sum of its parts and wanted to explore this as far as possible. Since that first collaboration we have been trying to create performances that amplify each discipline by combining them, providing multiple entry points into the worlds of music and dance. In our creative journey, we hope to find different ways that people can consume art indefinable by discipline. Every show takes us further down this road creating experiences that challenge and surprise us as well as our audience.
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