Upcoming Performances! October 21 & 22 at The Manhattan Movement and Arts Center; The Enchanted Piano—Dances for Piano with Electronics, Piano Strings and Amplified Piano; with pianist Eliza Garth and five dancers. (For details click on “Performances”)
James Martin Music/DanceJames Martin Music/Dance is a group of dancers and musicians under the artistic direction of choreographer and composer James Martin. The group strives to find deep feeling and clear meaning.
Mr. Martin’s approach is interdisciplinary, dovetailing his musical background with his experience as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Classical, contemporary and post-modern dance idioms are used. Structural elements and patterns are plotted with human relationships. The group is modular and performs in various combinations, in a range of settings—as a dance company, or as a band in music venues. Of his interests and vision for the group, Mr. Martin says:
“I am attracted to the interplay between surprise and recognition in art—the tension between our longing to recognize and be oriented and our craving for new points of reference, location, experience and awakening. My intention is to challenge, but not obliterate, orientation—to make work that both confirms and reshapes our experience.”
In collaboration with the internationally renowned pianist Eliza Garth, Mr. Martin has created and is touring The Enchanted Piano: Dances for Five Dancers, Piano with Electronics, Piano Strings, and Amplified Piano. The seminal composers for this suite of pieces are Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, and Maurice Wright.