Elle ne m’aime pas (2019)

For piano and singing dancer or solo piano
Choreography by Hannah Weber
Duration: 16 minutes with dance, 11 minutes without dance
Written for Periapsis Music and Dance, with support from Gerald Appelstein

World premiere: May 10/11, 2019
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn
Jonathan Howard Katz, piano
Dancer: Erin Dillon

This work is available for retail purchase from Theodore Front Musical Literature.
This work is available for institutional purchase from Harrassowitz (OttoEditions) and Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Program note: This work was a close collaboration between choreographer Hannah Weber, dancer Erin Dillon, and me, and it was created for Periapsis Music and Dance’s 2019 season. Simultaneously a contemporary dance work, piano/vocal piece, and theatrical scene, it straddles genres and presented some unique challenges. As a stage work, it sets up the dancer as a has-been diva, seducing the audience with a tango while singing texts from various opera roles, imbibing a bit too much wine, and giving grief to her pianist husband. When the tango is over and the audience is gone, we see in a silent duet the couple’s offstage strains and wounds. They retreat to their own corners, the music now reflecting their interior process, only to reunite for a private duet. For concert performances as a solo piano piece, the score contains ossia passages to integrate the vocal line.

Behind-the-scenes video here: