TMBT announces all new digital season
August 16, 2020
During these unprecedented times, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre (TMBT) is adapting. To continue our mission of connecting people through current art, TMBT is crafting dance experiences specifically created for film. In October, TMBT will release the film version of Long Ago and Only Once, a world premiere by celebrated dancer and creator Ana Maria Lucaciu. Then in December, TMBT’s resident choreographer Heath Gill will bring his signature storytelling style to the screen with a Holiday Premiere.
“We’re reworking an art form that is rooted in live presentation and changing our creative process a bit,” says Director John Welker. “We’re looking at dance performance through a cinematography lens, so the visceral essence of the performers remains vibrant and powerful. The emotional connection between the artists and our audience is everything."
Premiering in October is Long Ago and Only Once, by artist and choreographer Ana Maria Lucaciu. Originally slated to premiere in May, Lucaciu’s dance work will be uniquely adapted for film and screen. The adaptation will be filmed by T.M Rives, a notable dance photographer and videographer who also composed the original score. “Although I was hesitant about releasing LAOO in a digital format at first,” says Lucaciu, “I realized that having something become a film will reveal another layer of the work. The magic of cinema is hard to reproduce live, just like the magic of a live performance is impossible to render on film. However, in their own different ways, they both have tremendous power to move, to engage.”
TMBT resident choreographer Heath Gill will be creating a brand-new dance work inspired by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Gill’s Holiday Premiere features an exciting collaboration with musician and Atlanta native Jacob Ryan Smith. “There is a lot to be excited with this creation, because there is so much that is new between collaborating with a composer and creating with film in mind,” says Gill. “Not to mention, I love working on a story driven work!” Gill’s world premiere is slated to release in December, in time for the holidays.