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Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks / Brooklyn Rider in Some of a Thousand Words


Wendy Whelan, who spent 30 years with the New York City Ballet, is widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers. Brian Brooks is an award-winning choreographer and director of the acclaimed Brian Brooks Moving Company. They will come together to perform their tour-de-force duet First Fall along with luminous new work they have created with string quartet Brooklyn Rider, “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times).

The stunning First Fall bears testament to Whelan and Brooks’ friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry. Their new collaboration with Brooklyn Rider, Some of a Thousand Words, illuminates the intimate relationship between music and dance, featuring music by John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn, and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.

This production was co‐commissioned by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Joyce Theater, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the Modlin Center for The Arts at the University of Richmond.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Photos: Erin Baiano