Photo by Melissa Blackall

The Theremin Vignettes by Jessi Stegall

Boston Dancemakers Residency Showcase: The Theremin Vignettes by Jessi Stegall.


In-Person Performances

Thursday, May 25 | 7:30pm
Friday, May 26 | 8:00pm
Saturday, May 27 | 8:00pm
Sunday, May 28 | 4:00pm

Virtual Performance

Friday, June 2 | Register: Free, 7 day online access

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.

Collaborative Team

Director & Choreographer | Jessi Stegall

Performers & Contributors |Haley Andrews, Dara Capley, Heather Easley, Elizabeth Epsen, Aliza Franz, Hannah Franz, Raxel Kempenaar, Andrea Muniz, Hannah Ranco, Cassie Wang, and Henry Winslow

Dramaturg |Ilya Vidrin

Music |Music of Clara Rockmore and Nadia Reisenberg: Eleven (11) pieces from Bridge Records “Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album” (Bridge Records) and one (1) piece from Romeo Records “Music In and On The Air” (Romeo Records); Courtesy of the Nadia Reisenberg & Clara Rockmore Foundation. 

Technical Director & Light Designer | Anne Dresbach