Summer Splendors Wows Audiences

Our Summer Splendors program featuring the Chopin Project and a world premiere from Artistic Director Sarah Slipper received standing ovations each night and wowed Oregon Arts Watch, who said, “Summer Splendors featured the premiere of director Sarah Slipper’s inventive, ambitious new piece, Tell Me How it Ends and the welcome return of Chopin Project from 2015. The chemistry between Parson and Labay is intense and finely honed. It’s clear that they have studied and imagined the relationship between the characters they play, not just the choreography that brings them together. They show a remarkable fluidity of tone as they move through the squalls, doldrums, and currents of their relationship. The return of the Chopin Project in the second act is proof that these dancers don’t need much more than the chance to move to express a kaleidoscope of emotion…internationally acclaimed concert pianist Hunter Noack lit up Lincoln Hall with his lively performance of Chopin’s Preludes, bringing the short and dense pieces to life with a verve that made them feel as fresh and experimental as ever. It’s a very satisfying set of pieces that play off of each other very well considering that it’s the work of four choreographers in one act. These are some of the best dancers our city has to offer, and it’s always a pleasure to see them perform.”