Some of a Thousand Words

Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider

A Joyce Theater Production

Wendy Whelan, past principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and Brian Brooks, the Harris Theater’s newly instated Choreographer in Residence, will create a second project together with new solos and duets, full of elegance and electricity, entitled Some of a Thousand Words. This singular performance is amplified by the remarkable, live musical stylings of string quartet Brooklyn Rider, hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Greg Cahill, Strings Magazine). 

Whelan and Brooks will be collaborating closely with Brooklyn Rider in the holistic process of creative conception. Inasmuch, this second project will bring music to the foreground as a dynamic and central creative component, both shaping and being shaped by the evolution of the choreography designed by Brooks. Emphasizing the agency of the music in relation to the dance, the project will use existing music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Jacob Cooper, and a new composition from Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

Some of a Thousand Words follows up Whelan and Brooks’ first endeavor, Restless Creature, co-produced by The Joyce Theater in 2013. Described as “luminous” and a “tour de force” in the Boston Globe and “instantly intimate” in the Chicago Tribune, the work bears testament to the personal friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry which emerged from this collaboration.

The Harris Theater’s presentation of Some of a Thousand Words has been generously underwritten be The Harris Family Foundation, Caryn and King Harris Dance Residency Fund. 

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