Saturday, January 15, 2011

1/15 Quartet with Obbligato Dancers

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Here's a fascinating program about a dance program collaborating with a string quartet.  The quartet is Beethoven's 1st, Opus 18 No 1, and the dance choreographer is Allyson Green working with a group based in San Diego CA.  Beethoven wrote an orchestral score for ballet, "The Creatures of Prometheus" - but I don't think he ever envisioned one of his string quartets being accompanied in this way.  I was a bit skeptical at first but after 10 or 15 minutes I started getting into it.The program starts with a "making of" and the quartet performance starts around the 22 minute mark

"This documentary explores acclaimed choreographer Allyson Green's creation of a new dance work, set to Beethoven's String Quartet in F-Major, Op. 18, No. 1. Green's project collaborators include the creme-de-la-creme of San Diego area dancers, and four musicians drawn from SummerFest's Young Artists Program. Series: "La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest" [10/2005] [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 11134]"
String Quartet 1 in F, Op.18, No.1 (1800)

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