Join Dancemaker Resident Jessi Stegall and her Boston Dancemakers Residency showcase collaborator Elizabeth Epsen, for a discussion on their work and process with Director of Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts, Andrea Blesso. Together the dancers answered questions and gave insight into Stegall’s upcoming Dancemakers Residency Showcase, The Theremin Vignettes, which premieres May 25 at the BCA Calderwood Pavillion.
Directed and choreographed by Jessi Stegall, The Theremin Vignettes is an evening-length dance-theatre production set to and inspired by the music and life of thereminist, Clara Rockmore. Despite being credited as the best theremin player to have ever lived, Clara Rockmore, a Lithuanian-Jewish woman and music virtuoso, remains under-recognized for her immense contribution to electronic music. The Theremin Vignettes is an ode to Clara and her beautifully bizarre music.
Set in the form of choreographic vignettes, the piece explores themes of grief, remembrance, and devotion through theatrical interpretations of real events from Rockmore’s life. Each vignette is set to one of Rockmore’s arrangements of classical scores for theremin. Audiences will walk away with gratitude for the bizarre and a new favorite music genre.
Pictured Left to Right: Jessi Stegall and Elizabeth Epsen