This week’s video blog focuses in on the painting—a work by artist Wes Hempel, owned by Artistic Director Stephen Mills—that inspired much of Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project. Mr. Mills discusses how elements of that painting have been translated into themes and production elements in the three ballets, including his dynamic use of video as a backdrop for dance.
Check out this week’s video and stay tuned for the final installment of the video blog next week, which will explore the fascinating process by which Mr. Mills creates new choreography. This final edition will provide you a window into the studio as the Company and Mr. Mills prepare his world premiere work, Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project.
The second installment of our Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project video blog series focuses on the live music that will accompany the ballet. Both composed by and inspired by Bach, the music is a driving force in this multimedia production.
The three sections of the ballet feature three related yet unique treatments. A chamber ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michelle Schumann, Director of The Austin Chamber Music Center, will perform Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2, accompanying the first section. The following section will feature Dr. Schumann on solo piano, for which she will play an intertwined arrangement of pieces by Bach and Philip Glass.
For the third section, Austin’s own musician/composer extraordinaire Graham Reynolds has taken a Bach Suite in A minor and re-imagined it, setting this classical Bach dance to modern dance rhythms in his own contemporary interpretation of the piece. This section will be played by an ensemble assembled by Mr. Reynolds featuring strings, a full percussion section, and Reynolds on piano.
We sat down with Artistic Director Stephen Mills, as well as Dr. Michelle Schumann and Graham Reynolds, to discuss their exciting new collaboration surrounding Truth & Beauty / The Bach Project. Check out the video!