PERFORMED BY WENDY WHELAN AND MAYA BEISER
CHOREOGRAPHY BY LUCINDA CHILDS
MUSIC BY DAVID LANG
A work in development at LUMBERYARD
Tickets are $100 and include a work-in-progress performance and a post-show reception.
Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create an evening-length work with evocative music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Featuring both women onstage for the duration of the performance, the day is a meditation on two journeys: the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with—memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul—through the shared language of music and dance. This piece is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in New York and is part of Lumberyard’s International Artist Residency program.
Cellist Maya Beiser defies categories. Passionately forging a career path through uncharted territories, she has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries. The Financial Times describes Maya as “a musician with stunning technical resources and intense musical instincts,” while The Boston Globe characterizes her as “a force of nature,” and Rolling Stone calls her a “cello rock star.”
Wendy Whelan began dance lessons at the age of three in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of 15, she moved to New York to continue her studies full time at the School of American Ballet. In 1984, she became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, joined the corps de ballet a year later, and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991.
Lucinda Childs began her career at the Judson Dance Theater In New York in 1963. Since forming her dance company ten years later, she has created over fifty works, both solo and ensemble. In 1976 she was featured in the landmark avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, for which she won an Obie Award. She subsequently appeared in a number of Wilson’s productions, including I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating, Quartett by Heiner Muller, Wilson and Glass’s opera White Raven, Wilson’s video project Video 50, and Maladie de la Mort by Marguerite Duras (opposite Michel Piccoli). Most recently, she appeared in Wilson’s production of Arvo Part’s Adam’s Passion and also recorded spoken text and collaborated on the choreography for Letter to a Man, which was based on Nijinsky’s diaries and performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov.
David Lang is one of the most highly esteemed and performed American composers writing today. His works have been performed around the world in most of the great concert halls. The New Yorker reports, “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion (one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a post-minimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.”