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WSO Commissioned World Premiere Choreography of El amor brujo

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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.

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