Elements 10th Anniversary Concert and Gala
Elements Contemporary Ballet presents a special 10th anniversary one-time matinee performance and gala November 20, 2016 at the newly refurbished Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. Commemorating Elements’ 10 years of performance in Chicago, the concert will showcase two of the company’s signature ballets, choreographed by co-founders Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana. The first act of the program, Pathos, by Artistic Director Gosney, is set to Mozart’s Requiem. Pathos is a starkly modern interpretation of the much-loved Requiem, fusing classical ballet with a unique contemporary movement vocabulary. Thematically, Pathos is an affecting tale of love, loss, and redemption, harkening back to the supernatural and ethereal motifs of romantic period ballet. The second act of the program features The Sun King, a lush one-act choreographed by Elements’ Resident Choreographer Caruana, based on the life of French monarch Louis XIV and his relationship with his official court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully. The Sun King (which premiered in 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion) tells the story of ballet’s beginnings at Louis XIV’s court. The ballet features live baroque music by musicians from Haymarket Opera Orchestra, including compositions by Lully. Joining the cast for this performance of The Sun Kingis special guest vocal and performance artist ALEXA GRÆ, who has performed at High Concept Labs, Salonathon and other venues throughout Chicago.