Switch Phase
WORLD PREMIERE 2012 
Matthew Neenan
Brooklyn Rider
28 minutes
Vail International Dance Festival

CO-PRODUCED WITH THE VAIL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

Switch Phase was greatly inspired by the music of Brooklyn Rider from their album Passport, featuring transcriptions of Armenian folk songs and the sultry, dramatic music of Lev Zhurbin (Ljova). The ballet for eight dancers suggests that we go through a series of distinct phases with different circles of friends, lovers and acquaintances throughout our lives. Only in hindsight can you know if a phase was significant or not.

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"The dance style, appealing, combines idiosyncratic arm gestures, a powerfully bending use of the torso, lively ballet legwork and many different uses of the floor."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"What’s most modern here, and especially refreshing, is the complex picture of male-female relations. Though men often lift women, the women often initiate, steer, take control, resist. Duets involve give-and-take; the range of emotions sometimes includes adult perplexity within sexual attraction."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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