Alums Create 'Nocturne Pandemica'

Thursday, Feb 04, 2021
Juilliard Journal
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At night—a dancer, dressed in white, extends backward and a faint image of a musician, ghostlike, has been overlaid to the side, conveying that this is a dance and music collaboration

The film project combines original choreography and music by Mendelssohn

Nocturne Pandemica, a film project by choreographer Jesse Obremski (BFA ’16, dance) and cellist Frederick Zlotkin (BM ’71, MS ’72, DMA ’78, cello), was created to “express some of the unique feelings that artists have during a time when we are so very isolated.” Obremski choreographed and directed the work Mio Ishikawa (BFA ’19) is the solo dancer. It’s set to the Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which Zlotkin transcribed for six cellos. He was part of the sextet of New York City Ballet orchestra members that performed it, as was Eugene Moye (BM ’73, cello). Faculty member Linda Kent (BS ’68, dance) was conceptual adviser for Nocturne Pandemica, which was shot in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park.

To watch Nocturne Pandemica on YouTube, click here.

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