Magic Night is a dance and chamber music work that will appeal to children and adults alike. For this production, choreographer Jody Oberfelder has created compelling characters based on the dynamic score, and the Auricle Ensemble will perform composer Kurt Weill's long-lost orchestrations.
The piece was premiered in 1922 but during its transfer to the US, the parts were lost. For 80 years only a piano version existed, until the remaining orchestra parts were discovered by chance in a safe a library at Yale University in 2005. "Though it's an early work of Weill's," said Auricle's Artistic Director Chris Swaffer, "it is stylistically very assured. It is hugely enjoyable to listen to and a privilege to be able to work on another long lost score with Auricle!
The updated scenario by Jody Oberfelder blends timeless allegory with timely references. The protagonist in the fairy tale is an 11 year old girl with toys and animated characters that come to life - but this is not necessarily a kids show as the scenario contains very contemporary themes about power, gender and politics. "We are overjoyed to have this opportunity to delve into Kurt Weill's rich imaginative score. Told through the lens of a child, I've devised a fresh fairy tale of overcoming darkness, developing resilience, finding one's place in the world," said Oberfelder.
“Kurt Weill’s Music for a Magical Dance, Lost and Now Found"
New York Times
"Magic Nights in New York"
Kurt Weill Foundation
"These dances brim with metaphor and Oberfelder’s creative stamp"
Downtown Post NYC
Recognized as "full of invention and wit," (Roslyn Sulcas The New York Times) Jody Oberfelder combines strength and virtuosic movement with levity and whimsical physical imagination. Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP) performs for international audience at venues in Europe and Asia. The company recently toured to Prague, Czech Republic (NoD Experimental Theater Festival) and Frankfurt, Germany (Gallus Theater). Other spaces: Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf, The Pusan National Theater in Korea, The 20th Annual International Festival of Modern Dance in Seoul, to The Belgrade Dance Festival with performances at The Belgrade State Theater in Serbia and the State Theater of Montenegro in Podorica. Nationally, the company has performed at Dance Place in Washington DC, Jacob's Pillow, The Ailey Center, Dance New Amsterdam, MASS MoCA, Washington College in Maryland, and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard. Oberfelder has presented her work at numerous locations throughout New York City, including Abrons Arts Center, the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, DNA, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, The Jewish Museum, The Flea Theater, Joyce SoHo, and PS 122. JODP has been aired on Serbian National TV, ABC's Nightline, and Metro Arts 13.