1. Etude No. 6 — Adagio (4 voice)
2. Etude No. 7 — Allegro Vivace — Czernogorsk (4 voice)
3. Etude No. 8 — Andante (5 voice)
music: Tomas Svoboda — Nine Etudes in Fugue Style, Vol. I (Op. 44)
choreography & lighting: Agnieszka Laska
costumes: Elzbieta Kwasek Stefanska
dancers: Agnieszka Laska Dancers
Alison Camp, Allegra Carlson, Nick Cavanaugh, Timothy Dudley, Heidi Nelson, Michelle Rogers, Richard Sokpor
musician: Christopher Schindler — solo piano
recorded June 19th 2008
Tomas Svoboda began composing his Etudes in Fugue Style in Frankfurt shortly after his family had escaped Czechoslovakia just before emigrating to the US in 1965. The first volume was completed several years later in Los Angeles, California.
[Music available on CD from North Pacific Music, http://www.northpacificmusic.com/9.etudes.html]
[sheet music available at http://www.TomasSvoboda.com]
Agnieszka Laska says that in choreographing this work, she reflected primarily on the turbulence so common in relationships of deep love; not only those of passion, but of camaraderie and friendship. Ultimately it is an expression of love for her dancers, their deep dedication and artistic growth under her direction. It is, moreover, an artistic creation through which she displays the sheer beauty in their corporeal expression and in their bodies themselves.