Rehnqvist’s music in a ballet

New Chamber Ballet presented in February 2019 the World Premiere of Sanctum by New York choreographer Miro Magloire.

‘Sanctum’ describes either a sacred place, or a privately secluded one; and the ballet Sanctum vividly evokes both, powerfully brought to life by the music of two outstanding composers: Karin Rehnqvist and Kaija Saariaho.

In a rare collaboration, New Chamber Ballet joins forces with the stunning singers of the Ekmeles vocal ensemble to create a 70-minute celebration of sounds, bodies, and movement choreographed by Magloire in the company’s trademark up-close, in-the-round style.

Sanctum is bookended by vocal music: Saariaho’s Changing Lights and From The Grammar Of Dreams, in which the singers also dance with the dancers; and Rehnqvist’s Davids Nimm, a bone-chilling shepherdesses’ call that closes the performance. The center part is left to violin and piano with Saariaho’s Nocturne, Calices, Prelude, Tocar, and Ballade, as well as Rehnqvist’s Dans.

Echoing the music’s blend of iridescent colors and archaic melodies, the dancing runs the gamut from barefoot floor work to complex pointe steps and gravity-defying partnering, alternating between intimate duets and kaleidoscopic ensembles.