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fallen arm - Alberta Ballet

Amanda Walsh and Jonathan Renna

Photograph by Ivan Karabobaliev, Courtesy of Alberta Ballet

fallen arm - Alberta Ballet

Amanda Walsh and Jonathan Renna

Photograph by Ivan Karabobaliev, Courtesy of Alberta Ballet

fallen arm - Alberta Ballet

Amanda Walsh and Jonathan Renna

Photograph by Ivan Karabobaliev, Courtesy of Alberta Ballet

fallen arm - Alberta Ballet

Amanda Walsh and Jonathan Renna

Photograph by Ivan Karabobaliev, Courtesy of Alberta Ballet

 

Ballet Name
fallen arm

Choreography

Music

Lighting Design

Costume Design

 

World Premiere

Company

Sabrina Matthews

Dewi Wood

Pierre Lavoie

Alberta Ballet Wardrobe

 

2005

Alberta Ballet

 
Reviews:

Bob Clark, Calgary Herald – "Beautifully crafted and flawlessly done… a rich and compelling work…" (More)

Jean Grand-Maître, Alberta Ballet Artistic Director – "… Her dedication, and her belief in art and what it can do, could shame most monks in its intensity… This pas de deux is the best work she’s ever done." (More)

Pamela Anthony, Edmonton Journal – "… a poetic, intense duet. The movement is intricate… wonderfully performed." (More)

Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet, quoted in the Calgary Herald March 27, 2005:

 

’Sabrina’s whole life is geared to her art. Her dedication, and her belief in art and what it can do, could shame most monks in its intensity…’

 

Says Grand-Maître: ’This pas de deux is the best work she’s ever done. What’s brilliant about Sabrina’s work is that she’s developing her own voice. A lot of young choreographers… imitate some of the big names in modern dance, such as William Forsythe, and Balanchine, and they get quick commissions that way.

 

But when you want to develop your own vernacular that’s instantly recognizable, it can take eight to ten years. Sabrina’s not taking any shortcuts. She’s really taking the long road to discover her way of choreographing and how she wants to say things.

 

…And she really has something to say.’

Bob Clark, in the Calgary Herald, 2005:

 

By contrast, Matthews’ fallen arm – danced by Amanda Walsh and Jonathan Renna – was a more serious and personal work. Set to Calgary composer Dewi Wood’s original and imaginative soundscape design, the piece explores fear, anguish, and the feeling of loss in the wake of a spent or disintegrating relationship – or perhaps even the memory of it. Beautifully crafted and flawlessly done, the aptly tilted fallen arm is a rich and compelling work that ultimately depends as much on the dramatic intensity in the bearing of the dancers themselves as on the bursting, wilting or back-and-forth recoil that informs much of their movement and many of its gestures…

Pamela Anthony, in the Edmonton Journal, April 14, 2005:

 

Also on the program was the premier of Matthews’ fallen arm, a poetic, intense duet that seemed to take place in a distant place. The movement is intricate, and was wonderfully performed.