MorDance: Season IV – From the Center
April 21–24, 2016
Two World Premieres, Live Music and a Guest Artist from American Ballet Theatre Bring Ballet Back to the Sheen Center this Spring.
MorDance returns to The Sheen Center’s Black Box to present Propinquity and Apart From The Peripheral, two world premieres as well as The Shape of Voice, a continuation of a work commissioned by the Columbia Ballet Collaborative in November, 2015.
Rooted in a classical ballet vocabulary but spoken in a contemporary dialect, the ensemble of seven will reconfigure the Black Box Theater space to perform in the round, surrounded by audiences on four sides of the stage. In providing a unique experience and view of these works for each patron, an athleticism, musicality and employment of innovative ideas, music and line redefine the lens through which Artistic Director Morgan McEwen creates.
Morgan McEwen, ballerina turned artistic director, launched MorDance in January of 2013. MorDance is currently serving as the resident dance company of The Sheen Center. This young company, with dancers from some of the world’s most prestigious companies, has playfully leapt to the edge of the classical ballet world. MorDance explores the use of athleticism in its aim to modernize and innovate while honoring the grace and beauty of classical ballet. MorDance premiered at Manhattan Movement and Arts center on May 3rd, 2013. The company has been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including Dance at Socrates, Counterpointe Project, and Sounds of the City. In 2014, MorDance helped The Sheen Center open their doors by being the first company to perform in their brand new black box theater. The company has also been granted space residencies at The Silo at Kirkland Farm and Mana Contemporary. MorDance aims to broaden the base of support for the art form of ballet, foster a greater appreciation for ballet, and develop future audiences through live performances and programs that service schools, families, individuals, and community groups.