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Field of Flowers

Sappho’s Sparrows

A two-concert arc about the cycle of life, the first about escaping bonds (of gravity, of expectations, of life) and the second about what happens when you do.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette provided great context for this series: “For years now, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has been pushing the format of concerts to be less interrupted. Shows designed by its artistic director Kevin Noe often move from piece to piece seamlessly, with titles of compositions briefly projected on a screen. With fluidity like that, it was only a matter of time before PNME started dispensing with intermissions, which it has in recent summer seasons.
Such appeared to be the case in its past two weekends of concerts at City Theatre on the South Side. Both progressed without a break -- with Mr. Noe even upping the ante by not displaying the titles of the works. But this time, the director worked in an intermission after all: the week in between. But the overall effect was not the individual pieces but the arching narrative over these two concerts that was ambiguous enough to let the mind wander in personal ways -- perhaps the best way the art reflects on the life cycle.”

Cast & Crew

Matthew performed movement and dance, and choreographed three separate pieces Press Release, Lift, and Memory in Red for this concert series.

Contact us to program Matthew’s individual works, Memory in Red and Lift, or to have him set Press Release on your dancers or musicians or actors. Contact Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble to program this entire work.

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“A transcendent experience. The theatrical high point was Romantini's new dance "Lift," performed with Iannis Xenakis' "Psappha." Percussionist David Skidmore gave a virtuoso performance, full of dramatic gestures and a sure sense of climax. The dance itself was heart-rending in the intensity of its futile striving, a desperate energy that was well matched with the Xenakis.” 

--Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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