New Choreography to Lullaby & Doina (Dance)
In May 2017 Music of Remembrance unveils a new dance work from the innovative Olivier Wevers of Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance. Wevers, who was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award in 2012, creates new choreography set to Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina from the composer’s film music for The Man Who Cried, depicting the doomed young love of a Jewish woman and a Roma man. This marks MOR's second dance commission from Wevers, following the world premiere of his original choreography to the jazz-ballet La Revue de Cuisine in November 2015.
Osvaldo Golijov's comments on Lullaby & Doina:
"This piece starts with a set of variations on a Yiddish lullaby that I composed for Sally Potter's film The Man Who Cried, set to function well in counterpoint to another important music theme in the soundtrack: Bizet's Aria Je Crois Entendre Encore, from The Pearl Fishers. In her film Sally explores the fate of Jews and Gypsies in Europe during the mid-years of the 20th century, through a love story between a Jewish young woman and a Gypsy young man. The lullaby metamorphoses into a dense and dark doina (a gypsy slow, rubato genre) featuring the lowest string of the violas. The piece ends in a fast gallop boasting a theme that I stole from my friends of the wild gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks."
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