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News - Nico Muhly: Fusion Reactor

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Photo by Sarah Silver. Dancers: Nicholas Sciscione, Elijah Laurant, Ernesto Breton, and Megan Wright in Muhly/Petronio's Hardness 10. Costumes by Patricia Field ARTFASHION, hand-painted by Iris Bonner/ThesePinkLips.
 
 
The challenge is to fashion the diverse influences into a distinctive voice. It is hard to describe what makes a composer's voice authentic, but you know it when you hear it. Nico Muhly has a voice, a Muhly sound.

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 
 

In the dance world, when two creative forces come together to explore and boost each other's creative talents, the results can be explosive. Finding the right combination of artists who complement and push each other's creative voices is a rarity and is imperative for the art form to continue. Exemplary examples of joined forces include Joby Talbot and Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter's Tale, Tide Harmonic, and Esa-Pekka Salonen and Wayne McGregor's Obsidian Tear.
 
This winter season sees the newest collaboration of Nico Muhly and Stephen Petronio, as well as an opportunity to revisit a production of Muhly's work with Benjamin Millepied, who continues to pursue multidisciplinary dance-centered pieces.
 
 
Muhly and Petronio
 
The Stephen Petronio Company returns to New York City's Joyce Theater on March 20 2018 with the world premiere of Hardness 10, set to Muhly's Long Phrases for the Wilton Diptych (2015). Hardness 10 marks a diamond as the hardest gem; Muhly and Petronio's creation arcs from amorphous rumblings to glimmering clarity. Exploring 'multifacetedness', their work features costumes by the legendary Patricia Field ARTFASHION, hand-painted by Iris Bonner (ThesePinkLips).
 

 
Muhly and Millepied
 
Dark and sophisticated, Neverwhere sets its three couples in an otherworldly landscape as they swirl and swoon through Muhly's Drones and Viola, choreographed by frequent choreographic collaborator Benjamin Millepied for the New York City Ballet Fall Gala in 2013. New York City Ballet brings back Neverwhere during its current winter season.
 
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