WSO Commissioned World Premiere Choreography of El amor brujo

Categories: News & Updates
 

Greensburg, PA – The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presented “Music and Magic” on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg featuring premiere choreography by Otis Cook of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo.

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer conducted the work with soloist Corrie Stallings, former Pittsburgh Opera resident artist, and commissioned Mr. Cook of Pilobolus and Cirque de Soleil to choreograph the dance in collaboration with Mobius performers.

“The dance tells the story of a haunting love triangle moving through 24 minutes of movement magic. Set to a dramatic score and impassioned vocals, along with dreamy modern dance, theater drama, circus play and explosive acrobatics, the Mobius Dancers, the WSO and Ms. Stallings came together for this world premiere,” said Otis Cook.

The preparation and creation involved a nationwide dance tour and approximately 144 hours in the studio. The process started in Boulder, Colorado with Lori Flower, then to Austin, Texas with David McKay and Iffy Roma. The performance culminated in at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA with the full orchestra and Ms. Stallings.

About Choreographer Otis Cook

Otis Cook grew up in Mt. Pleasant, PA. Starting with breakdancing and martial arts as a teen, he added in theater, stage combat and modern dance for a long career of choreographing and performing. He has toured the world working with Pilobolus, Momix, Diavolo, Catapult, and Cirque du Soleil. He has created work for TEDtalks, Bridgestone, The Oscars, BidVest, Philips, The Olympic Games, America’s Got Talent and many more.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

Learn More

Recent blog posts

Straight to the Heart: Opening Night Music

Artistic Director Daniel Meyer previews Russian Masters coming up Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Palace Theatre One of the most striking aspects of Russian music is its capacity to drive straight to the heart.  Through soaring melodies, rich harmonies, and vivid orchestration, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky were all masters in their own way of making such a direct impact on our… Read More

Read more

Welcome to the 51st Season from Maestro Daniel Meyer

Dear Friends in Music, Welcome to the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s 51st Anniversary Season! We are so glad that you are here and we hope that you will experience a musical performance that will transport you, lift you and inspire you. We are excited to embark on our next 50 years of bringing classical music to Greensburg and Westmoreland County, and… Read More

Read more

Cheap ‘N Chic: High End Fashion Resale Event!

Guests are invited to a stylish kick-off to Fall at the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Cheap ‘N Chic event on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Co-chairpersons Jo Ellen Numerick and Jill Briercheck will welcome guests beginning at 6 p.m. at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. The shopping event is only held every two years to offer the finest in pre-owned couture… Read More

Read more