“A cascade of pure dance invention.” – Guardian (U.K.) on Gelabert
“Adventurous, intelligent pianist.” – Threepenny Review on Muzijevic
Framing Time is a quietly thrilling meditation on music, light, and movement centered on Morton Feldman’s 1981 solo piano piece Triadic Memories. Feldman’s spare, mystical piano piece—a work the composer described as the “biggest butterfly in captivity”—merges with an intricate color and light interplay, joined by dance and sculptural elements. Vividly rendered by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the shifting colors and elastic tempos of Feldman’s painterly music are transformed into acute, poetic movement by Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert, with set and lighting design by Burke Brown.
Cesc Gelabert is one of the most influential figures in Spanish contemporary dance. Student of architecture, he started dancing in Anna Maleras’s group in 1969. Between 1978 and 1980, he became an active member of the New York dance community. Back in Barcelona, he began his collaboration with Lydia Azzopardi, forming their company in 1985.
Gelabert Azzopardi was coresident company at Hebbel Theater, Berlin, and Teatre Lliure, Barcelona. Gelabert created a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov and works for Balletto di Toscana, Tanztheater Komische Oper, and Ballet Gulbenkian, among others. He has also collaborated with Núria Espert, Jorge Laveli, Montserrat Caballé, Milva, Gerardo Vera, Pilar Miró, Lluis Pasqual, Emilio Sagi, Carles Santos, Frederic Amat, Mario Gas, and Julia Migenes Johnson. His awards include the National Prize for Dance of Catalonia, Gold Medal for the Arts of Spain, Ciutat de Barcelona Prize, National Dance Prize from the Ministry of Culture, Max Prizes, and DAAD Berlin.
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with artists and ensembles. Muzijevic’s symphonic engagements include performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Zagreb Philharmonic.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include solo recitals at 92Y in New York, for Carolina Performing Arts in Chapel Hill, Mainly Mozart in San Diego, and Honens Festival in Calgary. His many festival engagements encompass performances at Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Aldeburgh, Lucerne, and Aixen-Provence festivals. He has toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia and with Simon Keenlyside in Trisha Brown’s staged version of Schubert’s Winterreise at Lincoln Center, the Barbican in London, La Monnaie in Brussels, and Opera National de Paris. Muzijevic has been the artistic administrator at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York since its opening in 2005, and he also directs a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada called Concert in 21st Century. He lives in New York City.
Burke Brown’s recent dance design includes work with English National Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Parsons Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Houston Ballet, Ballet West, Compañia Nacional de Danza (Mexico), and Aszure Barton & Artists.
His work has been presented at the Joyce Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Yerba Buena Center, and across North America, Europe, and Russia. His international work includes productions at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Erratica in London, and the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich.