Voices from Within features five restaged and debut works from female choreographers Jenelle Figgins, Diana Movius, Asami Seki, and Elizabeth Watson. As their pieces explore ideas we all face – identity, friendship, competition, joy – experience movement as a canvas to amplify diverse voices. Driven by the company’s ethos, Moveius is proud to showcase female choreographers in our repertoire and work towards closing ballet’s gender gap.
Jenelle Figgins premieres her new piece, D.O.T.S., a men’s trio, while Asami Seki presents Bare Soul, a clever and deeply human work about our search for identity. These works are complemented by two restaged pieces from Diana Movius. Legacy is inspired by changing relationships over time, set to Arvo Part’s signature piece Frates. Prokofiev 7 showcases dancer virtuosity against Sergi Prokofiev’s incredibly swift piano sonata. Both are a rare opportunity to see some of Founding Artistic Director Diana Movius’ earliest works! The program culminates in Elizabeth Watson’s gripping Shortfall, which looks at the effect of diminishing resources on a close-knit group, the drama heightened by percussive movements and the driving music of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Moveius Contemporary Ballet’s mission is to catalyze new choreography in the National Capital area and to increase opportunities for dancers, audiences, and students to experience dance and the performing arts. Moveius develops and presents fresh dance works in the contemporary-ballet style that bring current themes to life.
Moveius Contemporary Ballet pushes the boundaries of ballet to tackle and speak to political and personal issues affecting the nation. The art of ballet and modern are used as a medium to invite thoughtful reflection on universal experiences in our ever-changing world.