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Title Tears of Joy

Year 2007
Length 19 minutes
Number of Performers 6
Choreography Anne-Marie Mulgrew
Music Arabian Fantasy composed by Danial Majoun from Appassionato, Beyond the Machine by Move D from Lush Life Electonica, Cloud Moss by Mickey Hart, La redecouverte from the film score Amelie, Kalandero from the CD Alegria by Cirque du Soleil
Performed by Elrey Belmonti, Joseph Cicala, Anne-Marie Mulgrew, Rebecca Patek, Jennifer Prydybasz, Charles Tyson
Designers/Collaborators Peter Jakubowski, Lighting Designer
Premiere Saturday, May 26 at 8pm University of the Arts/Drake Theater, 1512 Spruce St., Phila. PA
Additional Performances:
Philly Dance Festival, Oct. 6, 2007, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
Owen J. Roberts School District, Jan.21-23, 2008: assembly programs for North Coventry, East Coventry, Vincent and French Creek Elementary Schools
CEC, Community Education Center Home Season Concert, June 14, 15, 2008

Tears of Joy was part of AMM & DCO’s Home Season Concert, Dances for Live Music, Props and Video, and was funded by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Partner Stream Program administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Created for six dancers and six huge inflated colorful balls, this dance examines the interplay between an object and a person. This dance has five sections titled: The Prelude, Floating Scapes, The Ritual, The Game and Finale.

Dancers roll, float, crash, collide, caress, squeeze, toss and interact with the props creating powerful images that reflect basic human desires. The balls are a movable set that at times are connected to the dancers’ bodies creating a sense of space where time is suspended, allowing for multiple interpretations i.e. planetary, nature and fantasy worlds. As choreographer, I became fascinated by the colors, shapes, textures and qualities of the object and how they informed the movement vocabulary and transported me to other imaginative places.