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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through both its exceptionally talented dancers and its emphasis on commissioning new works by the world’s most in-demand emerging choreographers. In Violet Kid, Hofesh Shechter examines man’s struggle for harmony within a complex and sometimes horrifying universe. In constant shifts between exhilarating charges and contradictory retreats, victims and aggressors, a glimpse into the essence of existence emerges. Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue by Crystal Pite features dramatic cinematic lighting through which pairs of dancers sweep in and out, playing either the rescued or the rescuer in mesmerizing sequences. Rounding out the evening is a world premiere by Israeli choreographer, Emanuel Gat. Ida ? is a playful contemplation on the nature of human relations. Through continuous shifts and tampering with both visual and aural perceptions, the work explores and questions group behaviors and the navigation of individuals within them. Although an assemblage of complex structures, Ida ? is nonetheless a work revolving around the evidence and immediacy of human presence.

About Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Since its inaugural 2003-2004 season, Cedar Lake has amassed one of the most diverse repertoires in dance, which includes works by such dance makers as Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jo Strømgren, Andonis Foniadakis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin, and Jiří Kylián. Through their daring, athletic movement and integration of ballet into contemporary and popular forms, the dancers of Cedar Lake take audiences on a choreographic journey that explores the infinite possibilities of movement and multimedia.

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