Morphoses, whose adventurous and spunky spirit has given it a singular place in the dance world, returns to The Joyce Theater, November 7-11. The engagement features the New York premiere of the dance “Within (Labyrinth Within)” that includes the film “Labyrinth Within,” both of which are by Swedish filmmaker and choreographer Pontus Lidberg, Morphoses’ 2012 Resident Artistic Director.
Mysterious in its haunting spirit that suggests a labyrinth of complex amorous relationships between its trio of performers, the 2010 film stars New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, Giovanni Bucchieri and Lidberg himself, who then transformed “Labyrinth Within” into a dance that includes a new score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and new cinematic images. The film was awarded “Best Picture” at the Dance on Camera Festival in New York City and the “Court Métrange du Jury Prize” at Court-Métrange Film Festival in Rennes, France last October.
Depending more on natural and architectural imagery than traditional narrative to give life to its characters’ situations, the dance includes American Ballet soloist Isabella Boylston, who will alternate with Laura Mead and Gabrielle Lamb; New York City Ballet soloist Adrian Danchig-Waring; Pontus Lidberg and Jens Weber. Martin Nisser is the Director of Photography; the costume design is by Karen Young; and the lighting design is by Lidberg and Carolyn Wong.
Co-founded and directed by Lourdes Lopez, who was recently appointed Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Morphoses will be given a new life in Miami where the six-year-old company is expected to be transplanted next year. Plans are underway to find new ways to use Morphoses’ irrepressible curiosity and experimental temperament to add another dimension to, as well as potentially expand and extend the repertory of Miami City Ballet.