The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe

The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe

Back from Tampa, great 2 weeks in preparing Gaspar.
One day turn around and now on to “The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe”.

So we started work this week at Goucher College on the new full evening version of my Poe Ballet. Goucher College is a Fine Arts College located just outside of Baltimore in the town of Towson. It has an excellent Dance Department run by Elizabeth Ahearn.

The Ballet will be performed on Oct. 9th (Saturday) at Goucher College, in collaboration with the Dance Department. The Advanced class from the Dance Department will provide the Corp de Ballet.
I will be bringing in the 6 principle Dancers from “BalletFleming” they will work daily this week with the student dancers as we create this new work.
More about this later below is a Press Release that explains the work.
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The Traveling Ballet Master

Press release
Christopher Fleming’s, Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe depicts an abstract re-telling of the life of Edgar Allan Poe and his dissension into madness. A short painful life reared by the heavy hands of desertion and death. Abandoned by his father and disowned by his foster father, Edgar Allan Poe retreated to the women in his life to find emotional stability and comfort, but it was not to be. Disease was common, and seemingly all who held Poe’s adoration and chance at emotional salvation, all succumb fatal epidemics.

Without these demons, crushing poverty, and his own haunting discontentment, one can scarcely imagine that the depths of Poe’s dark genius and macabre visions would have ever seen the light of day. But now for the first time, in more than just prose and poetry on a page, the lifework and spirit of Edgar Allan Poe are transporting someplace new…the ballet stage. While the uniting of the written word and the movement of ballet is nothing new, renowned ballet choreographer Christopher Fleming has created a new ballet, that will take word and dance into an eerie and mysterious direction and onto the stage”.

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5 Responses to The Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Linda says:

    Hi Christopher,
    I’m excited to see that you will be doing Tommy at Adelphi in the Spring 2011. I watched a clip on youtube, and it was just wonderful. I’m curious as to whether this will require a restaging since Adelphi only has 2 male dance majors, and the majority of the female dance majors are not on pointe. (there are maybe 5 or 6 that currently do pointe). Just wondering???

  2. Linda says:

    My daughter is a sophomore dance major there. There are actually more “modern” dancers than ballerinas, although the mix is changing.

    • Not to worry.
      I have a plan to make all this work.
      I’m also bringing some professional male dancers with me for the project.

      • Linda says:

        That’s good to hear! The kids only have 1 opportunity per semester to perform in a professionally choreographed piece, and if the piece selected doesn’t use enough dancers or the style doesn’t suit the majority of the dancers, then many can go a full year without performing. The students will benefit greatly by being exposed to more professional dancers!!!! Thanks so much for answering! (You are a facebook friend of my daughter)!

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