LOOKING OUT is an evening-length multi-media collaboration between the opus87 piano quartet and dancers from the Alvin Ailey School. Developed for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the quartet will present music by Lou Harrison and Aaron Copland, who represent important divergent strains of American musical thinking in the 20th century. As relatively open gay men with strong feelings about gay identity, who happen to both have been avid writers of music for dance, Copland and Harrison present two fascinating and complex models of what a queer artist looks like. We have selected major works by each composer which we find representative of their attitudes towards 'open' living; these works form the basis for a 45-minute choreographed work exploring the the nuances and contradictions contained within the idea of being 'out' in the time of the Stonewall riots.
the opus87 Piano Quartet
guest artist Hattie Ahn, violin
guest artist Issei Herr, 'cello
guest artist Caitlin Cawley, percussion
original choreography by Derick McKoy (The Alvin Ailey School)
Dancers from the Alvin Ailey School
St. John's in the Village
224 Waverly Place
This event is a music-only preview of the full event, which will be fully staged in the fall.