The Copier: Music For Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Music for piano, string quartet, brass and plastic, composed for New York City dance company Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's premiere work The Copier, choreographed by Jill Johnson.
Perhaps because he is a horrible dancer, David Poe loves great dance. This instrumental score begins with a rhythm created by a cantankerous computer printer, fills up with the sounds of New York and new Poe collaborator John "Scrapper" Sneider on trumpet, then ends on a solo piano piece, Clean Bird +1, that is among Poe's most evocative compositions.
In studios formerly occupied by photographer Annie Leibovitz, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performed William Forsythe protege Jill Johnson's extraordinary dance piece under an enormous, moving bar of light while audiences walked around them -- an installation approach to performance that revolutionized the American dance world. The Copier premiered in New York in the magical summer of 2008 and was still being talked about in "Best Of" lists at year's end.
"The dancers periodically sweep across the stage as one, just as the lights sweep overhead like the advancing bar of a copy machine," wrote The New York Times. "Both have a dehumanizing effect, but just as Mr. Poe injects pockets of hopeful longing into passages of insistent hubbub, Ms. Johnson finds ways to emphasize the lovely fragility of the individual."