Dances, Minimal and Otherwise

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

1,2,3,4,-,2,3,4,-,2,3,4,5,6 (Keturah Stickann/Flickr)

To shake off the sludge and snow from their boots, this week the Brothers Balliett hit the dance floor with two major figures of American music: Philip Glass and John Adams.

Both composers are known for their pulsing, energetic music, and both are staples for contemporary choreographers. We'll take a listen to some less celebrated (but definitely groovy) works by these two masters. From Glass we'll hear In the Upper Room, a collaboration he pursued with rock-star dancer Twyla Tharp in the 1980's.

John Adams created a whole catalog of new dances, which he calls John's Book of Alleged Dances: "alleged," he says, because "the steps have yet to be invented." We'll hear such classics from this set as "Dogjam" and "Pavane: She's So Fine".

Check out Q2 Music this Thursday at 3 to hear these rarely performed dance works, and to broaden your definition of dance itself.

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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