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Anna Myer and Dancers
The Presence of That Absence

May 7 and 8, 2004
Carriage House
7 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906


Anna Myer's unique language of movement is a fusion of classical, modern, and postmodern approaches to dance. Fluid, physical, and visually exciting, Myer's dances are emotionally charged and are infused with a keen formal intelligence. Her ambitious repertoire includes works that are multi-generational, and those highlighted by live music. The nine extraordinary dancers who comprise Myer's company bring a wide range of experience to support her choreography.


Anna Myer & Dancers
Carriage House
7 Duncan Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
May 7 and 8, 2004
Time: 8pm
Price: $15.00
Tickets: 401-831-9479


ANNA MYER & DANCERS WEBSITE

In 1992, Myer founded Anna Myer and Dancers. Since its inception the company has performed Myer's innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City. Her work has caught the attention and respect of some of the country's most prominent dance critics, including Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe. In 1999 a feature article in the Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section by Kevin Giordano, "Thinking Post Modern but Talking Michelangelo," brought Myer's work to an even wider audience. Myer's work has been funded several times by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cambridge Arts Council. Myer has also been presented by Dance Umbrella's 1999 Boston Moves.

Pieces to be Performed:
The Presence of That Absence
The dance takes its title from a quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The piece deals with love and loss, the innocent romance of life, the finite reality of death and the large empty space that it encompasses. The Presence of That Absence is danced by seven performers to the sensual sound of Latin music alternating with sorrowful Russian/Gypsy lullabies written and played by Javok Jakolouv.

Quintet to Brahms
Based on elegant postures swung free, this full-length piece creates an emotional tumult that is as quixotic as the dancers' 14-inch Russian tutus and bare feet. The strength and musicality of composer Johannes Brahms resonates throughout.

"Hands pressed together like beaks arms become wings; legs squat and feet rise into birdlike walks and steps. Five dancers...hop, twist and turn...all the while they maintain an amusing air of hot house cool." Jennifer Dunning, New York Times

In Italian
Set to Vivaldi, Bellini, Verdi, and Offenbach, this sumptuous duet piece juxtaposes the religious themes of crucifixion and stigmatization, found in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, with a contemporary, street-style pantomime of Italian conversational gestures.

HeartChunks
This provocative piece explores the passions of the human heart. It is punctuated by love-struck cartwheels and heart-stabbing gestures that surround the centerpiece, a romantic pas de deux. Heartchunks is set to a musical collage of Chopin, Chris Isaak's Two Hearts, Michael Convertino's It's a Big Planet, and Los Tres Ases's Sabra Dios and Queseas Feliz.




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