Agnieszka Laska Dancers
OREGON BIRD SKETCHES
marking ALDancers 15th anniversary
APRIL 14-15 @ 7:00 pm
ST. MARY'S ACADEMY
1615 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
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Oregon Bird Sketches began with ALD Resident Composer / Technical Director, Jackie Gabel's solo piano composition, Sturnella neglecta (Western Meadowlark, Oregon State Bird), commissioned by Portland Piano International (PPI) in 2015 and premiered by Sara Daneshpour on PPI's Rising Stars Series (2016).
Upon first hearing the score, ALD Artistic Director, Agnieszka Laska, requested two accompanying sketches, to extend the suite to 15-min. This she proposed choreographing to the Oregon Arts Commission, earning her a 2017 Joan Shipley Award fellowship.
Gabel is adding Oreortyx pictus (Mountain Quail) and Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove). His treatment of their songs is inspired by Olivier Messiaen’s Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little sketches of birds - 1985). This premiere features video by Takafumi Uehara, behind dancers and musician on stage
In Oregon and elsewhere, a wave of "environmental" performing art is emerging. Our contribution, inspired by Oregon bird song, celebrates in fine performing art the natural beauty of a rich Oregon bird life -- nothing really new, birds have sparked the imagination of musicians, probably longer than dancers have envisioned themselves taking flight.
Dancers: Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad, Heidi Nelson, Merlin Benneth, Caitlin Hall
concept and choreography: Agnieszka Laska
musicians: Resonance Ensamble, Steve Lewis - piano
Paul Safar - piano, Nancy Wood - soprano (songs of Eva)
music: Jack Gabel, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Witold Lutoslawski, Zygmunt Konieczny
Generous support for this event is provided by Ronni Lacroute, Oregon Arts Commission, Joan Shipley Award 2017, Connie DeNault, Polish Library Association and Polish Festival.
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ALD is a modern, multi-media, dance company — now in its 15th year. We've staged over 180 performances in 3 countries on 2 continents with over 250 different dancers, 150 musicians, 12 actors, 14 children and 1 dog — over 22,000 have attended at wide-ranging venues, including 5 international dance festivals. ALD prides itself on the extensive number of performances we've staged with musicians aboard (i.e. not in the can). Our signature is collaboration — we relish it and consistently deliver inspired highbred art.
We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public benefit, non-profit corporation. We serve the community in the fine arts tradition as a modern dance company. Our artistic/educational mission is to advance the art of modern dance, primarily through engaging performance, coupled with educational opportunities when they arise and are pertinent to the work.