These are excerpts from a new piece I composed for a dance choreographed by Betsi Graves and Urbanity Dance. The piece is being performed June 2nd and June 3rd at the Tsai Center in Boston. For tickets.
This is my second time collaborating with Betsi and Urbanity, and my first composing in conjunction with the development of the choreography. It made for an interesting comparison to film scoring. The piece is not programmatic, meaning it’s not about anything in particular, other than to allow for an exploration of the overall dance’s theme, something along the lines of, “What is contemporary dance?” Still, it was similar to working in film in that I was dealing with timing issues (in a couple of cases I scored to a video of the dancers, including both sections below), but there was more room to explore the role, style and tone of the music.