U of U Marriott Center for Dance
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Event DescriptionNOW-ID’s fourth major site-specific performance with contemporary dance and live music/opera, 'EXODUS' will take place July 27, 28 & *29th at the University of Utah's Marriott Center for Dance at 330 South 1500 East in Salt Lake City, Utah.
*Closing night party! Join us for a special Copenhagen send-off post-performance + Private Dinner/Party with the artists at Artehaus Collectif on July 29 from 8:45–11 PM. (Location: 352 E. 900 S., SLC, UT)
Please be mindful that the show will start precisely at 7.30pm, so please plan on being at the venue at 7.20pm at the latest, as we can't let audiences in while the show is in progress. Thank you.
NOW-ID & FIGURA ENSEMBLE PRESENT: E X O D U S
EXODUS will be a contemporary dance/opera production combining live music, dance and design. The premier will take place in Salt Lake City July 27, 28, 29th, 2016.
EXODUS will be co-produced by Salt Lake City's NOW-ID and the Figura Ensemble of Copenhagen, Denmark. This partnership builds upon prior successful site-specific works together, including three Salt Lake City-based works (NOWHERE, GLIMPSE, and FEAST). This current production will be performed over several nights in Salt Lake City before touring overseas to Denmark, where it will be performed at the Copenhagen Opera Festival August 2 and 3rd, 2016.
EXODUS will focus on the human necessity to move, whether because of persecution, poverty, religious beliefs or opportunity/adventure. EXODUS will be a 60-minute long multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural work, involving 15 local and international artists, original choreography, opera, music, design, and contemporary dance. The work will explore the implications of Exodus - a mass movement, a coming together both in spite of and because of diversity—regarding what we may learn in collective experience, in spectacle, about collective identity. The arc of the performance is informed by the trajectory of the experience of exodus:1. Crisis (Hope)
7. Hope (Crisis)
EXODUS, like its collaborators, takes a both an international and domestic perspective. Exodus will explore human migration and movement, a topical subject nationally in political debate, and globally - most pressingly observed in the exodus from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. The production also looks to celebrate the unique historical and cultural connections between Denmark and Utah (apart from California, Utah is the State in the US, where there is the largest number of immigrants from Denmark, with many making the perilous journey in the mid 1800s for economic and religious freedoms).
THE ARTISTS OF EXODUS
CHARLOTTE BOYE-CHRISTENSEN (CHOREOGRAPHER)
NATHAN WEBSTER (SET DESIGNER)
COLE ADAMS (LIGHTING DESIGN AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR)
ADAM DAY (SOUND ENGINEER)
MUSICIANS / SINGERS / COLLABORATORS:
Nana Rasmussen, Photo: Caroline Bittencourt
NANA BUGGE RASMUSSEN (OPERA SINGER)
Danish mezzosoprano Nana Bugge Rasmussen is educated at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen. She works with both lieder, church-music and opera. In June 2013 she finished her studies and in November she won the 3rd prize at the competition Concorso Internazionale Musica Sacra in Rome. In 2014 she played Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Le Capriccio Francais, conducted by Philippe Le Fèvre, in Bry-sûr-Marne, France. Also in 2014 she won the 2nd prize at Concours International de Chant Baroque de Froville.
She has been performing at the Copenhagen Opera Festival in 2012-2015, and sung with a.o. Kammerorchester Basel conducted by Andreas Scholl (2015), Accademia Bizantina/Andreas Scholl (2014) and Camerata Øresund/Peter Spissky (2014). She has already sung with Figura Ensemble in 2014 in the performance 'Glimt' at Marienlyst/Elsinore Theater.
Jakob Bloch Jespersen
JAKOB BLOCH JESPERSEN (OPERA SINGER)
Bass-Baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen acquired his initial musical education and interest in singing as a member of the Copenhagen Boy's Choir. This led to his earning a diploma from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and to further studies at the Opera Academy of the Royal Danish Theatre. In 2013 he received the Danish Music Critic’s Choice award.
Jakob Bloch Jespersen made his debut at the Royal Danish Theatre in 2006 as Angelotti in Puccini's Tosca under the direction of Giordano Bellincampi and participated in Carl Nielsen's Maskarade as Magister under the direction of Michael Schönwandt. He has also sung operatic roles such as Collatinus in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, Basilio in Rossini’s The Barber in Seville at The New Opera with Barokksolistene, Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Marquese d’Obigny in Verdi’s La Traviata at Opera Hedeland, as well as performances in numerous contemporary opera productions.
Jakob Bloch Jespersen is in demand as a concert singer throughout Europe, with a repertoire stretching from the 17th until the 21st century.
ROLF HEIM (DIRECTOR)
Born in 1961 in Switzerland Rolf trained as an actor at the Institute for Stageart in Sweden 1984-1986 and later as a director at The School of Stage Arts, Theatre Cantabile, 1989-92. With actor and playwriter Claus Beck-Nielsen under the name 20th Century Ghost he directed the plays: Andy Warhol, Rupies and Balls and Theatre Butcher. Rolf Heim is artistic director of the Boat Theater in Copenhagen, where he has staged numerous productions. Aside from this appointment there he has also staged Miss. Julie at the Kaleidoscope Theater for which he received the signicant Danish theater acknowledgement: The Reumert Prize, and later the Nick Cave Theatre concert at Aarhus Theatre. His work with the Royal Danish Theatre includes the staging of two signicant plays. Heim has directed the FIGURA performances: All the World Goodnight at the Royal Danish Opera, The Motion Demon at Copenhagen Music Theatre.
PETER BRUUN (COMPOSER)
Associated with The FIGURA Ensemble for a number of years as a composer, Peter generously shares his compositional as well as artistic skills in many different contexts. His music is often rhythmical, tonal estimated and written for unusual instruments. In 2002 he composed the successful opera "MIKI Alone" for FIGURA and received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2008. He has also written music for the Pixi Opera, music for the cabaret concert "Heaven-Haven" and the musical theater performances "Am I not Don Quixote?", "Narcissus & Echo" a co-production with the Danish National Opera and the FIGURA opera "All the World Goodnight" at the Royal Danish Opera. Bruun received the Danish Arts Foundation's 3-year grant in 2006 and the Wilhelm composer prize in 2000.
JESPER EGELUND (MUSICIAN)
Jesper has been featured in NOW-ID's productions: Feast and Nowhere and we are excited to have him return. Jesper trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. He has performed all over the world from Greenland to China,Australia, Canada, Scotland, Germany, France and more.
He co-founded the Music Ensemble Figura in Copenhagen in 1993 together with Opera singer Helene Gjerris and for the last 22 years they have been responsible for presenting and developing new music and theater ideas. Jesper was additionally appointed to the position of music producer at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen in 2014.
ANNA KLETT (CLARINETIST)
Anna Klett is originally from the Faroe Islands and trained at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Jørgen Misser and Bent Neuchs. Debuted in 1994 and that same year won the Premier Prix from Conservatoire the Musique de Geneve at Thomas Friedli.
She has worked with most of the orchestras and ensembles in Denmark but has with great love, devoted most of her time to contemporary music. Anna Klett is a member of FIGURA and Athelas Sinfonietta and is cofounder of the Faroese chamber ensemble Aldubáran.
Anna Klett has received the Danish Composer's Society of Musicians's Prize 2002 and the Danish Music Critics Award 2003.
FRANS HANSEN (PERCUSSIONIST)
Educated at the Royal Academy of Music and debuted in 1983.
Has since then been active at the stage of contemporary music in Denmark, as a member of such ensembles as The Elsinore Players, Danish Piano Theatre, Touché, Tuku-tukahh ..., Aarhus Sinfonietta and FIGURA.
Frans Hansen has participated in numerous performances of works in the genre of "instrumental theater" - especially the works of Mauricio Kagel. Frans Hansen has previously taught at both the Royal Academy of Music and The Funen and Northern Jutland Academy of Music as a percussion teacher.