In an ambitious evening-length ballet and concert production, Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show together created a universe that couples absurdity and silliness with gloom and chaos to put a magnifying glass to the things we take for granted in our own lives. The music for the ballet has been written specifically for this production by some of the most innovative and acclaimed composers in the world: Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Nicole Lizée, Anna Meredith, and Jonathan Pfeffer. Post’s dynamic ensemble of modern ballet dancers, led by artistic director and choreographer Robert Dekkers, crafts an experience that challenges conventions of the form and the very act of participating in artistic consumption. The collaborators wanted to see how far they could push themselves, and in the process, accidentally made something larger, more intimate, and more uncomfortable than they thought possible. The culmination of three years of collaboration, Do Be is The Living Earth Show’s and Post:Ballet’s grandest offering to the city they call home.
Post:Ballet was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director and choreographer Robert Dekkers, named “25 to Watch” by DANCE Magazine, with a vision to experiment with eclectic artists, using dance as a medium for creative expression that takes chances, pushes boundaries, and challenges social norms. Dekkers’ and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen’s collaborative approach to dance making gives all of the artists involved the opportunity to share in the investigation and contribute to the development of a new work, resulting in productions that are “decidedly daring and always beautifully performed” (SF Arts Monthly). Integrating the company’s classically trained dancers with diverse artists including composers, animators, architects, cinematographers, fashion designers, and sculptors, Post:Ballet’s collaborations range from intensely intimate to wildly conceptual. Critical Dance exclaimed that Post:Ballet’s “choreography and artistic collaborations are risky and challenging, yet they still cling to traditional technique in a very unique and genuine way.”
Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorizable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica, ambient installations and experimental rock – or as the Guardian said: “majestic bangers”… Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA, Chloe & Fendi fashion campaigns, Apple adverts, films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.
Winner of a 2015 Rome Prize and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, the Brooklyn-based composer Christopher Cerrone is internationally acclaimed for compositions which range from opera to orchestral, from chamber music to electronic. Throughout, his music is characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations. In the current season, Cerrone has world premieres of his new piece for string quartet Can’t and Won’t with the Calder Quartet for the LA Phil; a new percussion quartet piece for Miller Theatre as part of a Cerrone Composer Portrait performed by Third Coast Percussion; and a violin concerto for Jennifer Koh and the Detroit Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin. His music will be performed this season by the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and at the MITO SettembreMusica Festival in Turin and Milan, Italy.
Called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation”, JUNO-nominated composer Nicole Lizée creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. Nicole’s compositions range from works for orchestra and solo turntablist featuring DJ techniques fully notated and integrated into a concert music setting, to other unorthodox instrument combinations that include the Atari 2600 video game console, omnichords, stylophones, Simon™, and karaoke tapes. In the broad scope of her evolving oeuvre she explores such themes as malfunction, reviving the obsolete, and the harnessing of imperfection and glitch to create a new kind of precision.
Jacob Cooper’s compositions have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, Soundbox (San Francisco), the MATA Festival (New York), the Spoleto Festival (Charleston), the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater (New York), Operadagen Rotterdam, Radialsystem V (Berlin), the Choregie Festival (Slovenia), and the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival. Recent performers of Jacob’s music include the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird, the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet, the Argus Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Ensemble Connect (formerly ACJW), the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Carmina Slovenica choir, the NOW Ensemble, The Living Earth Show, Mobius Percussion, the Dither Quartet, cellist Ashley Bathgate, pianists Vicky Chow and Kathleen Supové, and vocalist Theo Bleckmann. Jacob’s song cycle Silver Threads, written for soprano Mellissa Hughes and electronic track, was released by Nonesuch Records in 2014 to critical acclaim. Other works appear on New Amsterdam Records, New Focus Recordings, and Innova Recordings.
Jonathan Pfeffer makes sound/performance art focused on the physical effects of unconsciously assimilated perceptions. His compositions are often consequences of language, arranged into structures whose limits exist to be undermined via dynamic meter and a cannibalistic approach to sampling. Nick Storring of Musicworks Canada described Pfeffer’s work as “an allying of modernist anxiety and contemporary beat-driven constructions.” From 2004 until 2012, Pfeffer led Capillary Action, a confrontational cubist-pop ensemble that investigated self-reflexive, Drawn & Quarterly-inspired narratives. The band released three full-length albums and maintained a relentless tour schedule across the North American and European DIY circuit. Pfeffer has collaborated with the Mivos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion; the Medium Theatre Company; the Atlanta Ballet; painter Demian Flores; filmmaker Jeremy Moss; dancer Asimina Chremos; and avant-rap MCs Lushlife and YIKES the Zero.