Tales of Hopper is the fruit of a collaboration between choreographer Cherylyn Lavagnino and composer Martin Bresnick inspired by the work of American painter Edward Hopper. This theater-dance work casts the dancers as figures plucked from selected Hopper paintings, illuminating human connections through gestural movement steeped in subtext, as Bresnick’s original composition for piano, violin, and cello brings emotional undercurrents to the surface. Transparent set pieces reference Hopper’s environments, contextualizing each of the eight vignettes as they unfold. Tales of Hopper marks a departure for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, asking each of the dancers to step into the new roles of actor and collaborator in the company’s most character-driven work to date.
Two other CLD repertory pieces will be on the program: Veiled – a dance for six women to Bresnick’s “Josephine the Singer” and an excerpt from Triptych a dance for 9 to Francois Couperin’s Troisieme lecon a deux voix
Tales of Hopper and Veiled will be played live by Bresnick’s wonderful musicians, Lisa Moore, Elly Toyoda and Ashley Bathgate.