Choreography by Brenda Way, ODC
Dancers - SFSU University Dance Theater
Pianist - Peter Shannon
Music: J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations 1-15
This project was sponsored by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Professional ODC dancers taught Brenda Way's piece to SFSU students. Where ODC had used Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations, two pianists were challenged to match his breathless tempi in live performance (Isabelle Jotterand played the second half of the variations).
From the SFSU event information:
Inspired by Way’s response to her son’s diagnosis of brain cancer, “Investigating Grace has timeless relevancy and elegance,” says Professor Susan Whipp, the grant author. “Its experience unearths humanity and humility in a stressful world.” The $15,000 grant is among 62 awarded by the NEA American Masterpieces initiative for 2010–2011.
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