Last October Garrett + Moulton Productions brought “A Show of Hands,” an imaginative presentation of choreography by Janice Garrett integrated with the live performance of a string quartet by Dan Becker presented by the Friction Quartet, to the Pottruck Family Atrium of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Their next production promises to be just as imaginative. The Luminous Edge has been conceived as an evening-length dance theater work that explores themes of transcendence, hope, and rebirth. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) will provide the venue for the premiere of this new work. The six Garrett + Moulton dance soloists (Vivian Aragon, Carolina Czechowska, Dudley Flores, Michael Galloway, Tegan Schwab, and Nol Simonse) with be joined by an ensemble of eighteen additional dancers serving as a “movement choir.” Once again there will be live music as part of the performance, an ensemble of seven musicians and contralto Karen Clark under the direction of composer Jonathan Russell. Clark’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder will be integrated with Russell’s own music, along with that of Marc Mellits and the avant-garde Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat.
This work will be performed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Theater, located at 701 Mission Street. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. Tickets will be priced at $30 and $36 for general admission with a special rate of $25 for YBCA members, students, teachers, and seniors. There will also be a Benefit Reception following the Saturday performance for $75, $150, and $500, including admission to the performance. Tickets are not yet available for online purchase. Those interested in attending are invited to call the YBCA Box Office at 415-978-2787 (ARTS) for further information.