Ballet Theatre Of Maryland Presents “Momentum: A Mixed Bill”


On February 23 and 24, Ballet Theatre of Maryland will premiere seven new works in “Momentum: A Mixed Bill” at Maryland Hall. Giving audiences a taste of diverse neoclassical and contemporary movement styles, this mixed repertory production will feature one-act adaptations of “Macbeth” and a George MacDonald fairytale as well as original stories and non-narrative works.

Artistic Director Nicole Kelsch said, “Over the last few years, ‘Momentum’ has become a unique opportunity to celebrate the choreographic talents of our dancers. While this year’s program features pieces by current and former dancers who have choreographed for the company before, we look forward to sharing the works of three dancers who have not yet choreographed for a mainstage performance. Although each of the seven pieces is unique, their collective themes reflect the strength of the human spirit.”

With support from the Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant, Roman Mykyta will premiere a one-act “Macbeth.” This narrative work with music by Richard Strauss dramatizes the downfall of Shakespeare’s most charismatic couple. Michael West Jr. will return to the music of Nashville-based musician Timbre in his “Day Boy and Night Girl: The Romance of Photogen and Nycteris.” Based on the fairytale by George MacDonald, this new work tells a story of mystery, tenacity and wonder.

Company principal Lindsey Bell will present “Linda Rae,” a romantic pas de deux set to Antonín Dvořák’s “Serenade for Strings.” Visiting choreographer Ashley Taylor will premiere “Into the Light,” a journey through human vulnerability with music by Bryan Teoh, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Rafael Krux.

Taylor said, “I’m really excited to return as a choreographer for BTM. This year, I’m looking forward to seeing how the dancers bring to life a more contemporary and story-driven piece. It’s surreal to be at the front of a room where I spent so many hours in rehearsal myself, so my hope is to create a memorable experience for the dancers as well as the audience. ‘Momentum’ is a wonderful opportunity for both dance enthusiasts and newcomers to experience a variety of artistic voices.”

Other works in the program include Olivia Fohsz’s tribute to her beloved teacher Frank Ohman, a former New York City Ballet soloist and founder of New York Dance Theatre. It is set to four compositions from Brahms’s “The Hungarian Dances.” Hannah Hanson’s “All That Follows After” draws inspiration from its Bedřich Smetana score to explore strength and hope in the face of adversity. Madison Sweeney’s yet untitled work, with music by Maurice Ravel, considers the outcomes of climate change to ask whether we are borrowing from tomorrow.

Experience Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s “Momentum: A Mixed Bill” at Maryland Hall on February 23 at 7:30pm and February 24 at 7:00pm. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children and military. To watch at home, audiences may also purchase a virtual streaming ticket for $33 per household. For more information, visit BTM cautions that and are the only official websites for purchasing tickets to “Momentum.” Ballet Theatre of Maryland is not responsible for tickets purchased through unauthorized third parties.


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