THE BOSTON CONSERVATORY PRESENTS FREE PERFORMANCES OF
REFLECTIONS: LOVE, LOSS, AND LIVING
Selections Music, Dance and Theater
Includes a Commissioned Work by Peter DiMuro That Explores Loss and Grief
APRIL 18 – 20, 2013
Admission is FREE
(BOSTON) In an attempt to help bring healing and consolation to its neighbors, The Boston Conservatory is offering free seats to all shows for its presentation of Reflections: Love, Loss and Living; a first-of-its-kind inter-divisional performance project showcasing works from the Dance, Music and Theater divisions. Performances are Thursday—Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for free, but must be booked in advance by calling the Box Office at (617) 912-9222.
“We believe that this show in particular can help people in the Boston community begin to process the tremendous loss we’ve all felt for the past couple of days,” said Richard Ortner, President. “The artistic expression and emotions this show touches is something that everyone should be able to experience.”
Reflections: Love, Loss and Living showcases works from the Dance, Music and Theater divisions that explore the universal human experience of loss and grief, and how humans overcome these experiences with resilience, hope and the strength of community. Mainstage performances will include a world premiere inspired by Alzheimer’s caretakers by choreographer Peter DiMuro, D-man in the Waters by Bill T. Jones, excerpts from Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and additional selections of theater and music work.
The event is produced by Theater Division Director Neil Donohoe and associate produced by Dance Division Director Cathy Young and Music Division Associate Director Lawrence Isaacson.
THEATER: Clear Glass Marbles (monologue) from Talking With by Jane Martin
DANCE: D-Man in the Waters by Bill T. Jones
DANCE: Archives & Etchings *World Premiere* by Peter DiMuro, based on interviews with Alzheimer’s caretakers
MUSIC: Conte Fantastique for harp and string quartet by Andre Caplet, featuring The Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet and harp solos
THEATER: Semi-staged readings from Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, music by Janet Hood with lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell
Peter DiMuro’s work, Archives & Etchings, was commissioned for this program. DiMuro, who was named a White House Millennial Artist in 2000, is a leading figure in the field of dance and community arts practices. He was Producing Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 1993-2008, and during his 15 year collaboration with Lerman, functioned as the leader and creator for numerous high profile national projects, including the Shipyard Project and the Hallelujah! Project. DiMuro has been conducting a residency at The Boston Conservatory during Winter 2012/Spring 2013 to create this new work. His piece explores memory to investigate questions of identity, connection and relationship. DiMuro is working with two populations to develop this work: students of The Boston Conservatory Theater Division and Dance Division and Alzheimer’s caregivers. Boston Conservatory students are interacting with the caregivers in a process guided by DiMuro, who brings great sensitivity and years of experience to this type of work. The caregivers are participating in a series of interviews with Conservatory students, which will be filmed and utilized in the creation of the performance piece. This type of community-based work has been pioneered by artists such as Liz Lerman, Peter DiMuro and Bill T. Jones and is currently garnering great support from funding agencies, presenters and critics alike because of how it connects the arts with people who may otherwise not have access, and because it is enriching and inspiring for both performers and community members.
About The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu.