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CounterPointe Ballet Series Premiers New Work by Julia Gleich with Pianist Elizabeth Myers

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Los Angeles, CA, March 23, 2015 – Elizabeth Myers, co-founder of Trivers Myers Music will accompany the Brooklyn Ballet as part of the CounterPointe series. The work is by Julia Gleich of the London Studio Centre and is set to a Brahms Intermezzo that Myers has curated and enhanced with an electronic soundscape. Myers will be performing the piano work on stage live with the dancers. The performances will be at the Actors Fund Arts Theater Center, 160 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY, on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

CounterPointe is a celebration of women choreographers who create modern works en pointe. It is dedicated to presenting the latest experimental, innovative, risk-taking choreography. Investigating new and historic territory, the series highlights new work, opening up discussion and creating a forum for women, young or old, emerging or established, to take artistic risks. CounterPointe was inaugurated in 2012 in collaboration with Norte Maar.

“Creating a new dance with the inspiration of the music and also with the input of a living composer brings a vibrancy to the process.  Rarely do we have the chance to have live music, and it will only enhance the evening’s impact to have Elizabeth performing at the piano along with the dancers,” said Julia Gleich.

“This Brahms Intermezzo was written as a final love song to Johannes Brahms’s muse, Clara Schumann.  The first time I played this piece I felt very strongly that it was a dance, a pas de deux between two people who shared music but not intimacy.  This is a great opportunity to see this idea come to life through Julia’s choreography,” shared Elizabeth Myers.

Advance tickets can be purchased on-line at http://counterpointe3nyc.eventbrite.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office located at 160 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY.  Performances will be on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

Julia Gleich
Julia K. Gleich is a choreographer, teacher, scholar and mathematics aficionado interested in re-contextualizing ballet: creating new environments for traditional works and collaborating with other artists to illuminate the relationships between the traditional and the contemporary. Ms. Gleich is an Arts Council England-funded choreographer for her production of Speak Easy Secrets in London. Her company Gleich Dances has performed in the United Kingdom and United States including seasons at Joyce SoHo and Center for Performance Research, receiving critical notice in The New York Times,Village Voice, The New Criterion and Brooklyn Rail. Ms. Gleich’s site-specific dance works include performances in drained pools, on piers, in train stations and an annual site-specific performance in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Plattsburgh, NY (2004-07). She is a founder and director of Aegis Live Arts creating unique locational dance works that enliven history and architecture in London. Her practice-based research on vectors and dance was published in the Dynamic Body in Space in 2010, and she is on the university faculties at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK) and at London Studio Centre, where she is Head of Choreography. Ms. Gleich is external examiner for Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Ballet stream and has been a master teacher at Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She is co–founder with Jason Andrew of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts. Ms. Gleich is an advocate for women making new choreography on pointe and is a creator and curator of CounterPointe, a collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet and Norte Maar, produced in NY and London. She was named Resident Choreographer for Brooklyn Ballet in 2014.www.gleichdances.org

Norte Maar
Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2004 by curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia K. Gleich with a mission to create, promote, and present collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and other originating artists with venues and each other. Norte Maar encourages and supports innovative and educational projects in the arts by offering unique exhibitions, unusual performances, workshops and lectures for artists and residents of our community. Norte Maar aims to be a leader in building collaborative partnerships between originating artists and other organizations thereby uniting cultural forces to foster artistic expression and raise the imaginative energy in us all. Norte Maar is all about blurring the lines that distinguish artistic practices. http://nortemaar.org/about/

Trivers Myers Music
Trivers Myers Music is a boutique music company founded by husband and wife team John Trivers and Elizabeth Myers and based in Los Angeles, CA.  Their notable work includes the Theme for the CBS Evening News and arrangements for United Airlines of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” that have won awards and reside in the Museum of Modern Arts’ permanent collection. www.triversmyersmusic.com