Visiting BalletX choreographer Jo Strømgren visits WXPN to talk with Folkadelphia's Fred Knittel about his world premiere piece "The Letter" and guest DJ. "The Letter" Is a part of BalletX's Winter Series, running from February 10th-19th, 2017 at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.
Tickets & info. here: balletx.org/seasons/winter-series-2017/
More about Strømgren's "The Letter":
In a case of mistaken luggage, the protagonist in Jo Strømgren’s The Letter is compelled to choreograph his first “big city” contemporary dance piece to the music of his Nebraskan grandfather’s Appalachian folk collection – as opposed to the hip modern soundtrack he originally envisioned. Featuring abstract “art for art’s sake” choreography, traditional folk music, and satiric commentary on the dance world showcasing Strømgren’s signature absurd wit, The Letter is an ambitious, multi-faceted work, which seeks to “find alchemy with three diametrically opposed ingredients” while carving out a “genre of its own,” says Strømgren. In the course of his career, Jo Strømgren has created pieces for many ballet companies, including the Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet of the Opera National du Rhin, the Wiener Staatsballett, the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, the Nürnberg Staatsoper, the Staatstheater Braunschweig and the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm; he has won a number of international awards for his works in theatre, dance, puppets, film, and music.
Learn more about BalletX: balletx.org
Learn more about Jo Strømgren: jskompani.no
released February 9, 2017
Thank you to Jo Strømgren for his time, discussion, and guest DJ selections, to James Clark Conner for his audio work, and to Josh Olmstead of BalletX for setting it up.
Recorded at WXPN on January 28th, 2017 and aired on February 8th, 2017.