Composites

A work-in-progress for two instruments, a piano and a body, set to Philip Glass' Piano Etudes. Parts of this full-evening length work have been shown as solo dances at varies venues and festivals in the US and abroad. The work is based on improvisation and influenced by the Feldenkrais Method as well as continued conversations between dramaturg Nele Ana Riepl and Ramona Sekulovic.

Untitled No 1

Untitled No 1 is a 6 minute solo based on Philip Glass’ Piano Etude No 12. It is composed closely to the music, which uses simple motives and repetition to create a complex composition. The score develops the musical ideas through modulation, so does the dance composition. Working on this etude, I was particularly interested in the use of ratios, especially how Glass uses three eights layered on top of four eights and rhythmically plays one against each other.

Premiered June, 2017 at SoloDuo Festival, NY, and was further presented by the Austin Dance Festival 2018, at the Little Theater in Saratoga Springs, WestFest 2019, Gibney Showdown, Green Space Studio, and Studio 32, Stuttgart, Germany.
Running Time: 5:59 minutes
Choreography and Performance: Ramona Sekulovic

Untitled No 2

Untitled No 2 starts with a body floating as if on water, like a buoy slightly bopping up and down in the wind. As the wind becomes stronger, the buoy begins to move in space and turns. The buoy turns into a piece of paper, first fluttering in the wind, then rolling and drifting across the whole stage to finally return to where it came from. Untitled No 2 is a 5 minute solo based on Philip Glass’ Piano Etude No 6.

Premiered October, 2017 at Dumbo Dance Festival, NY, and was produced by Green Space Studio as part of Take Root, NY in 2018.
Running Time: 5:12 minutes
Choreography and Performance: Ramona Sekulovic

Untitled No 3

Untitled No 3 (Messy Waltz) is a 6 minute solo based on Philip Glass’ Piano Etude No 4. Glass uses a simple waltz rhythm and jazzes it up with accents and syncopation. The dance uses waltz elements such as triplets and escalates into fast turns and syncopated wild upper body swings.

Premiered June, 2018 at SoloDuo Festival, NY, and was further presented by Gibney Showdown, Mark Morris Shared Space, and produced by Green Space Studio as part of Take Root, NY in 2018.
Running Time: 6:34 minutes
Choreography and Performance: Ramona Sekulovic

Untitled No 4

Untitled No 4 (Unison) is an 8 minute solo based on Philip Glass’ Piano Etude No 5. The score develops the musical ideas through connectedness, addition, and repetition, so does the dance composition. Working on this etude, I was particularly interested in how Glass uses a simple motive and develops his idea through the unity of right and left hand and added accents. The dance similarly develops a theme by focusing on the unity of the body - head, legs, and arms linked through the torso.

Premiered November, 2018 at Green Space Studio as part of Take Root, NY.
Running Time: 8:19 minutes
Choreography and Performance: Ramona Sekulovic