Thursday, April 16, 2009

DANCING WITH WILD HORSES Opens 4/30, Features Jennifer Muller's Island

Monday, April 13, 2009; Posted: 04:04 PM - by BWW News Desk

Roberto Dutesco, Peter Tunney and Jennifer Muller/The Works present DANCING WITH WILD HORSES, a multi-arts installation featuring Jennifer Muller's Island, inspired by Roberto Dutesco's passionate photography of the Wild Horses of Sable Island on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm) at 530 W. 27th Street (formerly Spirit and Twilo nightclubs), NYC. Suggested donation is $20, benefiting The Works' New Choreography Fund. Reservations are requested by phone at 212-691-3803 or by email at

Peter Tunney has created a dynamic environment showcasing a 40-foot long installation of photography of the haunting images of Sable Island created by Roberto Dutesco. The Works will perform Island in front of the dramatically lit installation. Island premiered at The Joyce Theater in 2005.

Roberto Dutesco created haunting images of the horses on Sable Island - horses that existed without human intervention or interference since their shipwrecked arrival on the island. Taking its cue from the physical motion, social interaction and imagery of these wild horses and what they represent as an increasingly rare natural phenomenon, the piece is a paean to an unfettered, untamed state of being. This atmosphere of abandonment is contrasted with an "island reality" of being trapped within a proscribed and confined space. The piece opens with a lone stallion, soon to be joined by a herd of horses. As the dance progresses, the horse imagery transforms into symbolic human interaction characterized by passion, yearning and a desire to be free.

Original music by Marty Beller, costumes by designer Sonja Nuttall with wigs by Vidal Sassoon, lighting design by Jeff Croiter.

ABOUT Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS
Throughout its history of 35 years, contemporary dance company Jennifer Muller/The Works has strived to reach ever-broadening audiences with works that celebrate and illuminate the human spirit. Artistic Director Jennifer Muller creates exhilarating dances that are evocative, passionate and engaging. The Works has appeared in the world's preeminent theaters and festivals in 39 countries on four continents. In December 2008, The Works performed to rave reviews at the Sixth Beijing International Theater & Dance Festival, presented by China's National Center for the Performing Arts. The Works has performed in 30 states in the U.S. and has self-produced 20 New York City Seasons.

Jennifer Muller, an influence in the dance world for over 40 years, is known for her visionary approach and innovations in dance / theater, multi-discipline productions, incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, artist-inspired decor and unusual production elements. She has created over 100 works including 6 full-evening productions. Ms. Muller's choreography has been commissioned by 24 international repertory companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederlands Dans Theater, NDT3, Ballet de Nord and Ballet Contemporaneo Argentina. Her work for theater includes such venues as The Public Theater, Second Stage, New York Stage and Film and the Metropolitan Opera. Creating work since she was 7 years old, her work has now been seen in 44 countries.

For more information on Jennifer Muller/The Works, visit

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