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Echo Chamber presents: 'Origin'

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We invite you to be a part of an exciting new performance series in Toronto that brings musicians and dancers together on stage for stunning collaborations - Echo Chamber. Founded this year by Artistic Director, Aaron Schwebel, Echo Chamber merges the intimate dynamic of chamber music with the physical beauty of contemporary ballet. The programmed music is choreographed and interpreted by dancers and musicians in live performance.

The inaugural performance in this series, 'Origin', explores works for Solo Violin by Bach, Ysaye, Saariaho and Kurtág, as they are interpreted by choreographer, Robert Stephen and danced by Jenna Savella and Robert Stephen, both first soloists with the National Ballet of Canada. The works for violin will be performed by Aaron Schwebel, Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

The aim of Echo Chamber is to have the choreography centre around the music; to present an interpretation of the music itself, rather than to have the music inserted to describe or conform to a given narrative.

By giving the audience the opportunity to connect with the music through movement, interaction, space, and of course, listening, Echo Chamber attempts to offer a deeper, multi-dimensional exploration of the programmed music.

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'Origin'

J.S. Bach; Preludio from Partita No. 3 in E major

E. Ysaye; Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin

G. Kurtág; Selections from Signs, Games and Messages

K. Saariaho; Nocturne

J.S. Bach; Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor

Choreography for 'Origin' by Robert Stephen


Robert Stephen was born in Burlington, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He joined the National Ballet of Canada in 2004 and has been a First Soloist with the company since 2011. He has worked with many prominent choreographers including Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, John Neumeier, and James Kudelka. His repertoire includes the title roles in Pinocchio and Hamlet as well as the roles of the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As an emerging choreographer, Mr. Stephen has received several awards including the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award at the Banff Centre, a Creative Partnerships Commission from Dance Ontario, and the Audience Choice Award for Best New Choreography at the Ninth International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

Jenna Savella was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and trained at Lavrova Classical Ballet Academy and Dance West in Surrey, British Columbia and Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as an apprentice in 2004 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2015.Ms. Savella’s repertoire also includes Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Bronislava in Nijinsky, Autumn in The Four Seasons, Italian and Spanish Princess in Swan Lake and Second and Third and Fifth Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. She has also danced roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale, Cinderella, Onegin, Don Quixote, An Italian Straw Hat, Manon, Hamlet, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Allegro Brillante, Russian Seasons, Chroma, the second detail and Emergence. Ms. Savella received the Rolex Dancers First Award in 2015, the David Tory Award in 2014 and the National Ballet’s Patron Award of Merit in 2007 and 2006. She was also the recipient of a British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship and the Vancouver Foundation.

Canadian violinist Aaron Schwebel has performed throughout the world in various musical roles. He currently holds the positions of Concertmaster with the National Ballet of Canada and Associate Concertmaster with the Canadian Opera Company. As a guest concertmaster, Aaron has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. An active chamber music performer, Aaron is a member of the Toronto-based LARK ensemble, Penrose Trio and Rosebud Quartet. Aaron did his studies at McGill University and Indiana University. As a student, he played in the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the London International String Quartet Competition, and the Kuttner Quartet, Indiana's resident string quartet. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron was awarded the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Award. Aaron is grateful to be playing a 1753 J.B. Guadagnini violin, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.


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