Falling Bodies returns to the United States for performances at The Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami, Florida on January 8, 2009 and The Rubin Museum in New York City on January 11, 2009 during the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). Written and directed by Jonathan Levi with music by Bruce Saylor, and musically directed by Gil Morgenstern, Falling Bodies imagines a meeting between the 16th century Italian scientist-poet Galileo Galilei and the 20th century Italian poet-scientist Primo Levi. Dropping balls from the Tower of Pisa, watching soccer on a TV in a bar, listening to a concert in a village café, the two ponder their own searches for truth during lives marked by inquisition and despair, the price one pays for survival, and the restorative power of celery.
Falling Bodies made its Italian premiere at the Certosa di San Giacomo di Capri, a 13th-century Carthusian Charterhouse that overlooks the famous Faraglioni, the sea rocks of Capri. The performance on September 5th in English was attended by the Consuls of the United States, Canada and Sweden. An overflow crowd applauded the Italian version on the 6th, in a translation by the Italian actor and producer, Mariano d’Amora. The cast featured two award-winning stars of film and stage, Tony Nardi and Enrica Maria Modugno, and Gil Morgenstern on violin, Lauren Weiss on flute, and Antonio Caggiano on percussion. For more information on the Certosa di San Giacomo: www.capricertosa.com
Ten years ago, the Canadian Artist Elma Johnston McKay began to craft a set of keys in her native New Brunswick. Inspired by paintings and stories, religious and secular, she recognized that inspiration only sends the artist, the writer, the composer in search of a key. That it is the art of interpretation that unlocks understanding, that transforms the single into the universal, the season of despair into the season of hope.
The interplay between McKay’s Keys, a musical program of Beethoven, Schumann, Harbison, Cage and Gershwin, performed by violinist Gil Morgenstern and pianist Donald Berman, and texts ranging from the parables of Kafka to the headlines from today’s newspapers directed by Jonathan Levi invites the audience to reflect anew on the ancient symbolism of keys as agents of transition.
Changing Keys opens the 2008-2009 season as Nine Circles Chamber Theatre’s popular Reflections Concert Series returns to Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA on October 26, 2008; The Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami, Florida on October 30; The Rubin Museum in New York City on November 9.
IMPRESSIONS OF RAVEL: SOLD OUT
Nine Circles’s recent presentation of Reflections entitled Impressions of Ravel, featuring special guest artist Laurie Anderson, played to a SOLD OUT house at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.
REFLECTIONS 2007 - 2008
Nine Circles presents the first full season of its new Reflections Series at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, Temple Israel in Miami, Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA, and at An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone, NC. See Upcoming Events for details. Plans are also underway for Reflections to travel to Milan, Florence and Rome in 2008 - 2009.
Beckett at 100: Three Plays will travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts, playing at the New College Theatre at Harvard, November 15-18, 2007.