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New Chamber Ballet collaborates with Emily Kikta and Peter Walker on new dance film

Amber Neff in New Chamber Ballet's 'Nocturne'.
Amber Neff in New Chamber Ballet's 'Nocturne'.

Choreographer Miro Magloire has announced that the 13-minute women’s quartet from his new abstract ballet, Nocturne, which premiered online on October 23, is available for viewing indefinitely on the New Chamber Ballet website. Magloire collaborated with kw creative director Emily Kikta and camera operator Peter Walker, both also dancers with New York City Ballet (NYCB). The multi-talented Kikta and Walker are also a couple off stage, having married this past June 20.         

Magloire worked with Kikta on a short film in 2015, and so admired the dance films that she and Walker created for NYCB that he approached the team about collaborating on a dance film. They decided to use some of the choreographic material that Magloire was working on at that time and turn it into a completely different, stand-alone dance film. The shooting location, a former factory in Brooklyn, provided the perfect ambiance. And New Chamber Ballet resident violinist Doori Na recorded the score with pianist Sean Kennard, making his New Chamber Ballet debut.

“Since Emily and Peter are both ballet dancers and choreographers, their filmmaker eyes catch the choreographic structure of the steps,” Magloire said. “They also created intricate camera movements with and in between the dancers. At times, Peter, who operated the camera, almost became a fifth dancer in the work.”

The full-length Nocturne will be set to chamber works by Brahms and Beethoven, and is scheduled for premiere in 2021. The quartet was created during the early months of the pandemic while the dancers were sheltering at home and rehearsing via Zoom.

For more information, visit www.newchamberballet.com/nocturne.

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