Premiered July 2, 2013 Z Space Theater, San Francisco SFCD Summer Dance Series
Produced by San Francisco Conservatory of Dance

Title:
Sonorous Figures

Duration:
35 minutes

Concept & Direction:
Christian Burns, Donald White

Choreographer:
Christian Burns

Music:
Mississippi John Hurt (recording); You Are My Sunshine from The Library of Congress Recordings Vol. 2 Disc. 2
J.S. Bach; Preludes and Fugues No. 4 C Sharp Minor & Prelude No.5 D Major
J.S.Bach; English Suite No. 2 A Minor IV. Sarabande
Felix Mendelssohn; Variations Serieuses, Variation No.14
Claude Debussy; La cathédrale engloutie
Sergei Prokofiev; Piano Sonata No. 2 B-Flat Major Op. 82 II Adante Caloroso

Dancers:
Emily Jones, Shannon Leypoldt, Christian Burns, Donald White

Pianist:
Donald White

Description:
Sonorous Figures is the second installment of choreographer Christian Burns and musician Donald White’s Sonority Trilogy. As much as Sonority Rules (2012) took a neo-classical approach to exemplifying a state of sonority between sound and movement through the lens of classical music and improvised dance, Sonorous Figures takes those methodologies into a narrative dreamscape resounding human states of longing, earnestness, joy, pathos and hope, all infused by hints Ellis Kelley, Dorothea Lange, Edward Hopper, Charlie Chaplin and the anonymous drifter who never lost hope.

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