Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance will collaborate with American Virtuosi: Artistic Director, Kenneth Hamrick, violinist Jane Chung and cellist, Sarah Biber to create an evocative new 45 minute ballet titled "Treize en Jeu" for 13 dancers set to 3 moments of Franz Schubert's Trio in E Flat Major for piano, violin, and cello.
Hello Friends of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance,
I am Cherylyn Lavagnino the Artistic Director of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance (CLD). We are a New York City based contemporary ballet company. I am excited to invite you today to be a part of the brand new dance festival titled, Musa, that myself, Zvi Gotheiner and Dusan Tynek are creating for this June.
This will be CLD's thirteenth New York Season, and coincidently we will premiere a new dance Treize en Jeu that features thirteen dancers to sections of Franz Schubert's Trio in E Flat Major for piano, violin and cello. This is a pure movement piece with a character dance flavor inspired directly by this exciting score of Schuert's. The dancers own personalities and qualities always inspire the creation of my work.
CLD has a long history of working with live music. We have developed an ongoing relationship with Kenneth Hamrick's American Virtuosi who will play throughout the festival. Long time collaborator Jane Chung on violin, cellist Sarah Biber and Kenneth on piano.
We are especially excited to announce that the trio will be played on period instruments from Schubert's era. I can't wait to hear how the sound will alter the flavor of the piece. I just returned from Prague and was lucky to hear Vivaldi's Four Seasons on period instruments, to find that for the first time I could actually hear the qualities of the seasons very specifically.
Additionally we will present a recent duet Campadre created to Piazolla's composition of the same name and which hopefully will be played live on the Bandoneon.
We want to thank the Catskill Mountain Foundation who supported a residency for CLD and American Virtuosi where we began this process for Treize en Jeu.
We are in the process of raising money to support all the aspects of this production towards this festival. We would love to have your support in mounting this season. We'd also love to see you at the festival.
Artistic Director of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance
On the night the Sunday Observer attended, it was the New York Based ballet company which presented with the locals.
The presentation by Lavagnino's group was made that more special as her female dancers for the most part performed en pointe — that technique in classical ballet which sees ballerinas dancing on the tips of their toes. This is not readily seen locally and was therefore quite refreshing.
Of the works presented the opening piece an excerpt from Fell of Night featuring Sarah Beck and Patrick O'Neil, and A Bird Came Down to Walk with dancers Selina Chau and Joshua Palmer, were the clear standouts. The latter draw gasps of appreciation and later thunderous applause as Chau ably demonstrated the weightless, sylph-like properties of dancing en point as she gently glided off stage mimicking a bird at the end of the piece...
— Richard Johnson