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Dance: En Masse, Featuring the Rite of Spring for Two Pianos, at John Jay College
Wednesday October 23, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until Friday October 25, 2019
Performance length: One hour and 50 minutes, including intermission
Australia’s Circa ensemble embodies electrifying explosions of physicality and power in this stunning work that blurs the boundaries of dance, theater, music, and circus arts. Known for their “stratospheric skill” (Australian), the troupe melds circus acrobatics with contemporary dance in the tender and savage En Masse, featuring music by Swedish composer Klara Lewis interspersed with selections from Schubert’s haunting Winterreise and Schwanengesang. Heightening the stakes, a two-piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring yields the anarchic energy of acrobats caught in a life-and-death struggle.