Following are two works created by company artists – Matthew Wenckowski‘s Such As You and the aforementioned Be Here Now – that both premiered as part of Grand Rapids Ballet Jumpstart program last year. Such As You is a male duet between Isaac Aoki and Nigel Tau in which ambient music plays background to expressive hands that manipulate and provoke reactions between the pair. The excerpt from Steimle’s piece features Nathan Young seemingly reliving the emotions of his past.
Following is the second world premiere of the program Three Offerings by Darrell Grand Moultrie, each section suggesting a different aspect of the human condition, notably those most prominent in the current climate – perseverance, community, and hope. A solo, quartet, and solo, respectively, each are distinct not only in theme but in musical composer and costuming; in fact, they could be performed independently of one another without diminishing the impact of the others. Words that Moultrie utter in a video conversation with Sofranko (seen in bonus footage that is epilogue to the performance) especially resonate in relationship with Three Offerings: that from art, people “get what they need.