Moving forward to BalletFleming’s next Performance series, we now are in the world of Edgar Allan Poe.
I have always thought that it was important to explore American Themes and Authors. Hell it’s what I know best.
To me watching a Prince running through the forest after a Swan is kinda of fun, but doesn’t relate much to our own sensibility.
That said, like Agnes de mille (Rodeo), Jerome Robbins (one of of my directors at NYCB -Fancy Free, which I was fortunate enough to dance) and to a certain degree the Brit, Anthony Tudor (Fall River legend) .
I too in my own humble way have been trying to develop works that relate to our own history and circumstances here in the US. As my old friend John -Michael Tebelak who wrote The Musical “Godspell” once told me, ” Write/create what you know about”. John -Michael ‘s death at 35 was a tragedy. But his words have never left me. Sometimes I wonder how I was so fortunate to have know all these people.
Below you’ll find the information on my Poe Ballet.
The Traveling Ballet Master/ Christopher Fleming
The Myth and The madness of Edgar Allan Poe
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.
Join Philadelphia’s newest and most exciting ballet company, BalletFleming for The Myth and The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe.
DATES: Friday March 9th at 8PM
Saturday March 10th at 2PM & 7PM
LOCATION: Mandell Theatre, Drexel Campus, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets www.tix.com Keyword:Fleming