Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago December 2-3

Via Ensemble Dal Niente.

Steppenwolf 1700: LookOut
1700 N Halsted Street

Ensemble Dal Niente, together with Mexican contemporary dance troupe Delfos Danza Contemporánea, will perform the world premiere of Chicago-based composer Tomás Gueglio’s Proa (“Prow”) for four dancers and harp, in which harpist and dancers use sound, clothing, and bodies to explore themes of migration, immigration, alienation, and identity.

This production marks the second iteration of Dal Niente’s STAGED series, in which the ensemble collaborates with artists across disciplines, including dancers, directors, and choreographers. Harpist Ben Melsky, composer Tomás Gueglio, and Delfos dancers developed the sounds, choreography, and structure for this piece during a week-long residency in Mazatlan, Mexico in June of 2017.

In addition to Proa, the show will include further collaborations between Delfos and Dal Niente, including a performance of Mario Lavista’s Cuaderno di viaje (“Travelogue”), with choreography by Delfos’ Xitlali Piña Poujol and instrumental performances by soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, guitarist Jesse Langen, and cellist Chris Wild.

About Delfos Danza Contemporánea

Delfos Danza Contemporanea is Mexico’s premiere contemporary dance company and ranks among the best companies in Latin America both artistically and as leaders in the field. Delfos is a world class company based in Mazatlán, Mexico which inspires audiences, students and communities with outstanding performances and in-depth residencies. Their performances evoke emotion and introspection embodied by their physical grace, athleticism and vibrance. Celebrating twenty plus years, Delfos Danza Contemporanea tours throughout the world, creating enduring relationships wherever they go, seeking opportunities for collaboration and exchange and passionately committed to dance education. To find out more, go to http://delfosdanza.org/

About Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Dal Niente is a 22-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective with an international presence. The ensemble uses its flexible instrumentation, curatorial approach to programming, and relentless attention to interpretation to create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences that connect audiences to with the music of today. The Chicago Tribune has said that “Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.” The first ensemble to be awarded the prestigious Kranichstein Music Prize in Darmstadt, Germany, Dal Niente’s recordings have been released on the New Focus, New Amsterdam, Parlour Tapes+, Carrier, and New World labels.