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ein von viel 1 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

John Lam

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 2 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

James Whiteside

Photograh by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 3 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

Freda Locker and James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 4 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

John Lam

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 5 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 6 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

John Lam

Photograh by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 7 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

John Lam

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 8 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

John Lam

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 9 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

James Whiteside and John Lam

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 10 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

Freda Locker and James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 11 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

Freda Locker and James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 12 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

Freda Locker and James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 13 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

ein von viel 14 - Sabrina Matthews

ein von viel - Boston Ballet

Freda Locker and James Whiteside

Photgraph by Sabi Varga, Courtesy of Boston Ballet

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Sabrina Matthews

J.S. Bach from Goldberg Variations

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Spain Tour - June 8 - July 8, 2010

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February 13, 2010

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Reviews:

Karen Campbell, Boston Globe – "…the most effective work on the program… it’s a beauty." (More)

Gloria Benedikt, Dance Europe – "…Matthews’ first opportunity to present her work in America and one can hope there is more to come." (More)

Alastair MaCaulay, New York Times – "…a sophisticated duet for two men" (More)

Karen Campbell, Dance Magazine – "…a spectacular performance of this stunning work" (More)

Ama R. Francis, Harvard Crimson – "…[Matthews is] intensely aware of the creative process." (More)

Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director – "…she is the future of dance in Canada." (More)

Karen Campbell, Boston Globe – "…one of the best additions to [Boston Ballet’s] repertoire in years." (More)

Bob Clark, Calgary Herald – "…captures the mind as well as the heart." (More)

Maud Cucchi, Le Droit – "…the quintessence of technical sophistication." (More)

Gloria Benedikt, Dance Europe, May 2008:

 

ein von viel by Canadian Sabrina Matthews was originally created for Alberta Ballet’s 2001/02 season. Two male dancers in white trousers and shirts exhaust themselves to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Matthews manages to seamlessly combine the virtuosity of ballet technique with contemporary movement. John Lam and James Whiteside not only shine in their solos but move as one in the phrases they share. This was Matthews’ first opportunity to present her work in America and once can hope there is more to come.

Ama R. Francis in the Harvard Crimson, March 12, 2008:

 

There were moments when the audience held its breath, laughed and sighed with delight–and rightfully so. "Next Generation," the Boston Ballet’s showcase of young choreographers that ran this past weekend, was truly a marvel. Combining modern and classical elements fluidly, it broke the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Sissones and demi grands were deconstructed, built again, and made new...

 

Sabrina Matthews’ choreography was also intensely aware of the creative process. Her piece, entitled "ein von viel"–which translates to "one of many"–was a male duet set to selections from J.S. Bach’s "The Goldberg Variations." The use of an onstage pianist, Freda Locker, was successful; the dancers incorporated but never overshadowed her playing. During brief moments of silence, they would subtly communicate with a nod of the head or a shared sense of timing.

 

The dancers were the stars. John Lam and James Whiteside leaped in stunning muscularity. Every part of the choreography was performed emphatically. In the middle of the piece, the two men unassumingly walked toward the piano. At that moment the simplicity of their white garments, the lighting, and the absence of a set contrasted with the difficulty of the dancers’ feats, underscoring the convergence of the secular and sublime in ballet...

 

"I believe that art is a window into the future," artistic director Mikko Ninssinen declares. If what Nissinen says is true, then the Boston Ballet’s "Next Generation" is flinging open the glass and letting in the fresh air.

Karen Campbell, in Dance Magazine, March 2008:

 

Canadian Sabrina Matthews makes her U.S. debut with ein von viel, commissioned by Nissinen back when he was artistic director of Alberta Ballet. John Lam and James Whiteside gave a spectacular performance of this stunning work. Set to Bach’s exquisite Goldberg Variations, it subverts the elegant lines of the music with quicksilver moves of sharp angles and muscular athleticism.

Alastair MaCaulay in the New York Times, March 10, 2008:

 

Sabrina Matthews’s "ein von viel," first choreographed in 2001 for the Alberta Ballet (which Mr. Nissinen directed from 1998 to 2001, when Ms. Matthews was among its leading dancers), is a sophisticated duet for two men. Its structure, focusing more on two-part theme-and-variations layering than on partnering, reflects aspects of its music, nine of Bach’s "Goldberg" Variations.

Karen Campbell, in the Boston Globe, March 8, 2008:

 

Surprisingly, the most effective work on the program was also the smallest, the duet "ein von viel," marking the US debut of Canadian choreographer Sabrina Matthews. Set to selections from Bach‘s exquisite "Goldberg" Variations (given a stellar performance onstage by pianist Freda Locker), it was commissioned by Nissinen while he was artistic director of Alberta Ballet, and it’s a beauty. Friday night, John Lam and James Whiteside were dazzling in Matthews's virtuosic choreography. Matthews matches the clarity of Bach‘s score while consciously subverting the elegance with bits of "you lookin‘ at me?" attitude and quirky nuances. Dynamics shift with quicksilver speed, long lines dissolve into squiggles, complemented by playful gestures – feet that paw the ground, hands that cover the face, backward runs. But it‘s all fairly subtle, cast in phrases of tensile fluidity from which erupt brilliant leaps and turns in vivid asymmetric shapes.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, November 8, 2002:

 

At my request and on relatively short notice, Sabrina created a nine minute work for two gentlemen, which I was thrilled with. This piece, ein von viel, proved she is developing very rapidly into a skilled artist with an exceptional eye for crafting dance with good taste.…

 

Her work to date demonstrates that she is the future of dance in Canada…

Bob Clark, in The Calgary Herald, October 28, 2001:

 

Matthews’ ein von viel captures the mind as well as the heart… Moving in counterpoint to several of Bach’s Goldberg Variations – ably performed by pianist Glen Montgomery – the two male dancers also set up a contrapuntal dynamic between them that turns out to have dramatic implications.

 

In the best Balanchine tradition, ein von viel is a spacious and precisely articulated piece that… invites the eye to take up where the ear leaves off.

Karen Campbell, in the Boston Globe, October 11, 2008:

 

James Whiteside and Jared Redick gave a superb performance of Sabrina Matthews’s "Ein von viel," one of the best additions to the repertoire in years. The two play in and out of the exquisite counterpoint of Bach’s "Goldberg Variations" (vibrantly played by Freda Locker) with playful phrases of luxurious weight, their limbs carving great slices of space with stretches, kicks, and off-balance turns.

Maud Cucchi, in Le Droit, January 29, 2010:

 

We particularly note the superb Ein von viel of Canadian choreographer Sabrina Matthews, simple yet complex: a piano on stage, a male duet on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the quintessence of technical sophistication, has won the enthusiasm of the audience.