The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) joins the worldwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with its presentation of The Three Great Fugues, featuring three interpretations of the composer’s complex “Grosse Fuge” by a trio of pioneering choreographers – Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin – danced by the Lyon Opera Ballet. The Engagement will play at the Joyce Theater from March 18-22. Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $55, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Note: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.
In Trois Grandes Fugues, three groundbreaking female choreographers – Lucinda Childs, Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin – each lend their distinct style to Beethoven’s complex “Grosse Fuge” for a string quartet. Each choreographer is associated with a unique recording of the notoriously difficult composition of this triple program of choreographic imaginations, danced by the exquisite artists of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon. An investigation of translation, Trois Grandes Fugues, explores how movement and musicality interact in distinct ways, demonstrating how the creative visions of musicians, dancers and choreographers converge to create a truly new interpretation that can never be replicated.
Founded in 1969, the company made its US debut in 1984 with a two-week season at the City Center in New York, where it performed Maguy Marin’s Cinderella, a magical transformation of the Cinderella story, which became a hit. instantaneous. The Lyon Opera Ballet returned to New York later that spring to present the ballet for two more weeks. As the most traveled ballet troupe in France, the company went on to tour twenty times across the country in the United States. Committed to showcasing contemporary choreography, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon has, to date, acquired and commissioned ballets from a wide range of international dance creators, including William Forsythe, Jirí Kylían, Nacho Duato, Mathilde Monnier , Benjamin Millepied, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sasha Waltz, Meryl Tankard and Russell Maliphant, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Rachid Ouramdane, Emmanuel Gat, Johan Inger Christian Rizzo and Angelin Preljocaj, among others. The company’s repertoire also includes works by many American choreographers, including Merce Cunningham Trisha Brown, Ralph Lemon, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, Stephen Petronio, Sarah Michelson and Bill T. Jones.
The Joyce Theater presents the Lyon Opera Ballet from March 18 to 22. The schedule of performances is as follows: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. A curtain talk, a free post-performance conversation with members of the company, will take place on Thursday, March 19. Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $55, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Note: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.