Dance and Music Residency Features Das Collectif from Austria

Posted on 11/9/2011 9:44:43 AM
Das Collectif

Das Collectif, a music and dance ensemble from the prestigious Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, will perform a dance concert titled “Stomping La Luna.” It will be presented on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. in Zink Hall Dance Theater. Admission is free.

The dance troupe will be in residence at IUP for three days leading up to the performance. Susan Wheatley, an IUP professor of Music and host of this guest artist residency, collaborated with the ensemble’s artistic director, Susanne Rebholz, during a recent sabbatical project. As part of the project, Wheatley transcribed historical dance pieces by Gunild Keetman found in the Orff Institute’s archives. Susanne Rebholz, choreographer, Irina Pauls, and the whole company will present master classes to IUP students on Monday, November 14, and Tuesday, November 15.

Das Collectif was founded in 2007 and has had debut performances in Diessen, Seekirchen, and the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. Rebholz, founder of the ensemble, is a dance professor at the Orff Institute. She is recognized as an international consultant in music and dance and has performed with dance companies in New York City and Europe. She is also a certified movement therapist in Salzburg where she works with patients that experience paralysis and loss of mobility as a result of trauma.

“Stomping La Luna,” which means, “Stomping on the Moon,” was inspired by composer Carl Orff’s opera The Moon, based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Das Collectif’s performance of the piece was commissioned for the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the founding of the Orff Institute. The Institute is a premier university for music and dance educators where composer Carl Orff and his protégé, Gunild Keetman, developed the Orff-Schulwerk process for educating young musicians.

“Stomping La Luna” premiered in Salzburg this past summer and will receive its U.S. premiere in Pittsburgh at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) professional development conference in Pittsburgh prior to its IUP performance. The Velocity Percussion and Dance Ensemble, middle school students from Jeannette City School district, will also perform Wheatley’s sabbatical transcriptions of Gunild Keetman’s historic dances at the AOSA conference.

Das Collectif’s residency is funded, in part, by a grant from the Rural Arts Alliance, a partner of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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