Choreographer Edwaard Liang visits the land of Nod in his world premiere Woven Dreams. More abstract than his previous work for the Joffrey--The Age of Innocence,
based on Jane Austen’s novels--this ensemble dance is intended, he
says, "to take audiences to an alternate universe, something
fantastical." Jeff Bauer's set helps, placing the dancers at the bottom
of a huge basket with moving strands. Liang describes Woven Dreams
as "a little dark and edgy" overall but adds that a men's section
inspired by his own flying dreams is "more airy, giving a feeling of
freedom." Set to the "Playful Pizzicato" movement from Benjamin
Britten's Simple Symphony, the section features a swirling entry
with arms floating, unison leaps, and quicksilver shifts in direction.
"It's like you’re a school of fish swimming!" Liang told the dancers at a
rehearsal. Yuri Possokhov contributes another world premiere, Bells, and Julia Adam's 2000 Night--also about dreams--is a company premiere.
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