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Music, dance Thursday at Met Museum's grand Charles Engelhard Court

Alarm Will Sound
Alarm Will Sound
Carl Socolow

The Metropolitan Museum's wonderful Charles Engelhard Court in the American Wing will be the setting for an unusual collaboration in music and dance Thursday night.

Alarm Will Sound, the fine contemporary classical group that is in residence at the Met this season, teams up with choreographer John Heginbotham for a hybrid program based on the music of Aphex Twin, Tyondai Braxton and Edgard Varèse.

According to a statement by Alarm Will Sound, a 20-member group, "this concert centers on three pioneers of electronic music: Edgard Varèse, Raymond Scott, and Aphex Twin. This music has been an inspiration for John Heginbotham, who found the mechanical sounds and offbeat humor of these artists resonant with his wit and with the fun he had with mechanical movements."

Dance Heginbotham, founded in 2011, is devoted to the presentation of dance and theatrical work created by the Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer. Reviewing an earlier event, New York Times dance critic Alastair Macauley write that Heginbotham had "a true theater artist’s instinct for commanding his audience.”

When I spoke about the season with the Met Museum Presents General Manager Limor Tomer, she cited this presentation as "a really hot program," combining the 21st century talents of Alarm Will Sound with choreography by one of the new stars in the dance firmament. On the program: excerpts from Twin (2012) and the world premiere of Fly by Wire (2014).

What's also exciting is that families don't have to break the bank to attend. Children's tickets are just $1 each when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. See the Metropolitan Museum Presents to order.

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