HARMONY: a live music and dance festival

Friday, March 8, 2019



Pre-Show


Trance Sound Dance Hall Meditation

Company: Postcompany

Choreography: Jonah Kagan, Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp

Music: Improvisation

Dancers: Jonah Kagan, Ainsley Elizabeth Tharp

Musician: Sam Horning



Act I


The Breakup Club

Choreography: Kristalyn Gill

Music: Improvisation

Dancers: Annie Borden, Jessica McCarthy, Sophia Sednova, Whitney Wilhardt

Poetry: Kristalyn Gill

Musician: Juan Horie


Current Resident #305

Company: Tiffany Lawson Dance

Choreography: Bonnie Christine Willis

Music: Inner Outer Space

Composition: Scott Hargis

Dancers: Elise Ellen Ericksen, Bridget Grissom, Kate O’Hanlon, Mary Waterman, Mandy Work-Wetzel

Musicians: TLD musicians


Melody

Company: Tiffany Lawson Dance

Choreography: Tiffany Lawson

Music: Melody

Composition: Scott Hargis

Dancer: Maren McChesney*

Musicians: TLD musicians

*Pre-Professional Artist



Winter

Company: Lucid Banter Project

Choreography: Paula Ward

Music: The Four Seasons - Winter in F minor, 1. Allegro non molto

Composition: Antonio Vivaldi

Dancers: Ashley Aguilar, Mags Bouffard, Kendra DeFazio, Anna Gould, Katie Johnson, Kate O’Hanlon, Rachel Pshock, Stephanie Rankin

Musicians: Andrew Lawrence


Lotus Bloom

Choreography: Elise Ellen Ericksen

Music: Lotus Queen

Composition: Free Radical

Dancer: Elise Ellen Ericksen

Musician: Free Radical


Driftwood

Company: Tiffany Lawson Dance

Choreography: Tiffany Lawson

Music: Driftwood

Composition: Scott Hargis

Dancers: Elise Ellen Ericksen, Bridget Grissom, Kate O’Hanlon, Mandy Work-Wetzel

Musicians: TLD musicians


Act II


JOY

Company: Tiffany Lawson Dance

Choreography: Tiffany Lawson

Music: Grace and Joy(ce)

Composition: Scott Hargis

Dancers: Shayna Bjerke, Elise Ellen Ericksen, Bridget Grissom, Kate O’Hanlon, Maren McChesney*, Mary Waterman, Mandy Work-Wetzel

Musicians: TLD musicians

*Pre-Professional Artist

In honor of my grandmother, a gift for my father


Accompanied

Company: Theory of Dance

Choreography: Megan Beseth, Mike Ford

Music: Beautiful Tango, Just Dance

Arrangement: Amy Brophy, Mike Ford

Dancers: Amy Brophy, Mike Ford

Musicians: Amy Brophy, Mike Ford


Ladylike

Company: Tiffany Lawson Dance

Choreography: Stephanie Unger (Artist in Residence)

Music: Ladylike

Composition: Nick Davio

Dancers: Shayna Bjerke, Elise Ellen Ericksen, Bridget Grissom

Musician: Nick Davio


The Bird and the Bear

Choreography: Mikayla Karis Smith

Music: Jazz Suite Number 2

Composition: Shostakovich

Dancers: Haley Kisch, Leanna McKenzie

Musicians: Alysa Craigie, Paige Craigie


Devaki - the Forgotten Mother

Choreography: Nitya Narasimhan

Music: Chatushra Alaripu, Virutham and Padam

Composition: Kalaimamani Dr. Rukmini Ramani

Dancer: Nitya Narasimhan

Musicians: Sandeep Bharadwaj, Sarvesh Kirthivasan, Ajay Ravichandran

Krishna was born to Demon King Kamsa's sister Devaki and Vasudeva. It was prophesied that Devaki's eighth child will result in Kamsa's doom and death. Vasudeva and Devaki were put behind bars and their seven children were killed. When Krishna is born, Vasudeva secretly carries the infant Krishna away across the Yamuna and exchanges him.

Krishna grows up with Nanda and his wife Yasoda. The legends of Krishna's childhood and youth describe him as a cow herder, a mischievous boy whose pranks earn him the nickname butter thief, and a protector who steals the hearts of the people. His foster mother - Yashoda had the fortune of feeding him, bathing him, scolding him and watching him grow into the fine young man who ultimately killed Kamsa.

They say a person’s childhood shapes them into who they are. And mothers play a crucial role in nourishing who the child grows up to be. Krishna was destined for greatness even before he was born. But what about his birth mother Devaki? The forgotten mother who missed out his entire childhood, who had to part with her baby moments after his birth, to save him.

In this piece - Nitya explores Devaki’s reluctance to give up her Krishna. A devaki torn between Krishna’s destiny and the longing to be with her just born baby. A devaki who never got to watch him grow but whose sacrifice is the reason for his existence. She knows she must do it but does everything she can to evade and prolong the inevitable just to get a few moments more with her precious Krishna. This piece has been scripted by Nitya and was composed by Kalaimamani Dr Rukmini Ramani, daughter of legendary composer Padma Bhushan, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, Brahmasri Papanasam Sivan.



TLD Musicians


Sixto Franco - Music Director, Viola, Violin

Hana Fujisaki - Keyboard

Nick Davio - Guitar, Percussion

Scott Hargis - Resident Composer, Trombone

Juan Horie - Cello




TLD Board and Artistic Staff


Tiffany Lawson - Founding Artistic Director

Shayna Bjerke - Managing Artistic Director

Kimberly Baker - Festival Director

Bridget Grissom - Rehearsal Director

Hillary Sandrock - Producing Director, Lighting Designer

Brent Sandrock - Technical Director,  Lighting Designer

Nathan Cover - Stage Manager

Steve McChesney - Technical Crew