The Wind (Dance)

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Donald Byrd

World premiere of dance commission: May 11, 2009, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, at Music of Remembrance's Holocaust Remembrance Day concert.

MOR’s first dance commission from Donald Byrd was set to a work by Franz Schreker, The Wind. Schreker composed this decadent drama as one of six pieces he wrote in 1908–09 for interpretive dancers Grete and Elsa Wiesenthal, former ballerinas with the Vienna Court Opera. Schreker was later banned by the Nazi campaign against “degenerate” music. The Gathering Note said: "Miller commissioned choreographer Donald Byrd to add the missing dance element [for The Wind], and he came through with a piece for three dancers showing a very active wind, strong at times with gusts and little dustdevils. Geneva Jenkins, Patrick Pulkrabek and Marissa Quimby of Spectrum Dance Theater brought it to life."