PHOTO BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
BWDP’S CREATIVE CONNECTIONS
WITH KATARZYNA SKARPETOWSKA
Dance is the perfect vehicle to display and enhance other art forms, and NYC choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska brilliantly fuses the poetry of Nadia Anjuman and the musical composition of Reena Esmail to create her work, Gul-e-Dodi. BWDP dancers Emily Perry, Mallory Ketch, and Austin Sora perform the piece with Le Train Bleu, a musical collective formed by conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson.
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GUL-E-DODI (DARK FLOWER)
April 20 I 7:00 pm
April 20 I 7:00 PM
NATIONAL SAWDUST I BROOKLYN, NY
PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN
KATARZYNA SKARPETOWSKA is a native of Warsaw, Poland. She is an alumna of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA from The Juilliard School in 1999 under Artistic Director Benjamin Harkarvy. In 1992, she performed on Broadway in Metro, directed by Janusz Jozefowicz. Skarpetowska was a member of Parsons Dance (1999-2006), where she performed lead roles in the company’s repertory including the iconic Caught. She danced for The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2007-2014) and was a guest artist with The Battleworks Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theater. Skarpetowska was named Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2016. Her choreography has been performed by Richmond Ballet, Ailey II, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Buglisi Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street 2.
Gul-E-Dodi is the first piece that Skarpetowska has created and set on BWDP’s dancers. She first began rehearsing it at the Bruce Wood Dance Gallery in March, when she came to Dallas to lead a five-day master class for WOOD I WORKS.
Skarpetowska returns to Dallas in August to create a world premiere for SIX, November 11+12 at Dallas City Performance Hall.
Nadia Anjuman was a daring poet from Afghanistan, who spent much of her childhood living under the Taliban government. When she was a teenager she attended the Golden Needle Sewing School, a group of local professors and women who met to discuss literature under the guise of practicing needlepoint. With the liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban, she began attending Herat University in 2001 and grew her skill of poetry. Gul-e-dodi (Dark Flower) was her first published book of poetry and she continued to write poems despite objections from her husband. In 2005, Anjuman’s husband beat her to death. The excerpts used in this piece speak out against the censorship of women so prevalent in parts of the world, and give voice to emotions that were revealed only through the writing of these poems.
Reena Esmail is the composer of the musical composition Anjuman Songs used in this work. It explores the space between two languages with a compilation of a narrator speaking the poem in English, a mezzo soprano singing in Dari, and the rich English horn and piano as accompaniment. Esmail is a graduate of The Juilliard and Yale School of Music where she focused and explored the combination of elements from both Western and Hindustani classical music. Esmail discovered Anjuman’s poetry through a commission that led her to the work of American poet Diana Arterian, who is translating all of Anjuman’s poems. Esmail became fascinated with the words and message of the poems and “hopes that this setting of her [Anjuman’s] poetry helps, in some small way, to give her work voice beyond the language and audience for which they were intended.”
Le Train Bleu is a unique musical collective formed by conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson, with a mission to explore new and interesting music. The musicians are among the most exciting young players in New York, and are chosen for their brilliance as well as their expressive qualities. The New York Times said of their 2010 debut performance: “Under Mr. Wilson’s baton, the Train Bleu ensemble was both incisive and joyous in execution.” Le Train Bleu appeared at the Arts and Ideas Festival and the River to River Festival in New York City. Last April they released their first CD on the Innova label, and in August were in residence at the Bravo! Vail festival in Colorado. The present season sees Le Train Bleu in collaboration with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; in concert at the New York Botanical Garden; in residence at the Ocean Reef Festival in Florida; and in concert at the 92nd St. Y.
The Venue—National Sawdust
National Sawdust is an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue; a place for exploration and discovery; a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike. In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.
PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
From left to right: Emily Perry, Austin Sora, and Mallory Ketch rehearse at the Bruce Wood Dance Gallery with Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Photo by Hannah Requa.
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