Juan Antonio Rivera
Alumni - Music
Førgøtten - A Contemporary Ballet for the Soul.
Dance, Ballet, Poetry, Surrealist space, Nightmares, Afro-futurism, Outrage, Embodiment, Introspection, Healing, Reconnecting, Community, Contemplation, Empathy, Compassion, Rebellion, Activation, Awareness, Awakening, the Future is Female, and the Future is Mixed.
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Elliot Cook Carter, Jr. (b. December 11, 1908-d. November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was a two time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the son of Elliot Carter, Sr., a wealthy lace importer, and the former Florence Chambers. As a teenager, he received musical encouragement from another American composer and insurance salesman, Charles Ives. Ives, in fact, sold insurance to the Carter family. In the 1930s he studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and then returned back to the United States. He originally had works that were more neoclassical in flavor, but his style shifted to emphasize rhythmic complexity and atonality. His works include all types of instrumentation such as orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Ernesto Cruz, clarinet
32:35 "Enchanted Preludes" by Elliott Carter
Juan Antonio Rivera, flute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMR (an Italian knighthood title) (b. October 24, 1925-d. May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. Born in Oneglia, he was taught piano by his father and grandfather, who were both organists. During World War II, he was conscripted into the army but injured his hand learning how to work a gun. Following the war, Berio studied under Giulio Cesare Paribeni and Giorgio Federico Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory. Unfortunately, Berio could not continue to study piano performance due to his hand injury, so he decided to concentrate his musical efforts on composition. He was known for his experimental work as well as his pioneering work in electronic music. In fact, Berio is credited with the first electroacoustic composition in the history of western music made with
voice and elaboration of the voice with technological means.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Our Composition begins with "THE CYCLE," which is told in two sections comprised of poetry, videography, choreography, acting, costumes, and contemporary music from Elliot Carter's "Esprit rude, esprit doux" for flute and clarinet.
To begin our tribute to the female victims of police brutality, "Say My Name" is a call to feel the pain of these losses through diction and enunciation of these women's birth names. The soloists explore the life of being a victim, a survivor, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter.
In the third section, we decided to focus on the victims' families and their need for healing. We consider this our healing section. In "At your last," we express the hope that the victims had a final exhilarating moment of feeling loved by another person, whether it was their mother, husband, daughter, or grandmother. That although the world was crushing them, they still have that powerful memory of love. Being loved.
The piece culminates in a scene where newly turned humanoids have solved the human dilemma of prejudice. Our society cannot hide its shameful past trespasses by encaging, imprisoning our family of color. The deluge, the chaos, wake up. Improvisation erupts.
Juan A. Rivera
Angelica Mondol-Viana, Joye Forrest, & Elizabeth Geocaris
Jamila Reddy & Taireikca Glover
Sarah Van Sciver
Video editing by
Sarah Van Sciver
Costume design by
Matthew Kuang, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Ellen Edwards-Siess, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Ellen Edwards-Siess, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Matthew Kuang, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Future-Beings acted by
Dionna Daniel & Henita Tello
Public Awareness Actors/Walkers/Crowds acted by
Diana Cioffari-MacPhee, Ruth Odukoya, Natalie Perez, & Jordan Terrel
No Time For Names is a 51 minute score created in Spring 2020 by artists Rissa Dee, Luka Fisher, Jung A. Jung, Peter Kalisch, M-Other, Kyler O’Neal, Ritual Spirit, Danielle Roz, and Christina Elaine Vasquez and arranged by Luka Fisher and her garage band. Collaborators: Rissa Dee, Luka Fisher, Jung A. Jung, Peter Kalisch, M-Other, […]
The avatars of digital era
Hello, I am a Jazz Drums MFA ALUM (’19). My goal with this submission has been to find a way to make visuals that clearly represent what drummers practice –moving around the kit and using multiple limbs at once to create music. I wondered if there was a way to visualize this. I then realized […]
is a series of motion drawings that intrinsically shows only one piece of thread; the video describes how the shape of the thread is changed by the wave of water and wind. By gathering these diversified shapes of the original thread, this project challenges the fundamental origin of the world that seems impossible to figure […]
“Light: action and reaction” highlights the awe and wonder of the simple transition of light throughout the day. Time lapse video captures the movement of the sun and its reflection/refraction across dichroic tiles. The changing pattern of color and light encourages the viewer to slow down and appreciate shadow art that occurs around us on […]
A laser pointer is pointed at a mirror attached to a balloon. Sounds from a synthesizer vibrate the balloon, causing the mirror to move. This moves the laser pointer, resulting in the visualization of how the sound causes the balloon to vibrate. The images produced from this process are called lissajous figures. The improvisation explores […]
“The Net and the Self is an interactive music and dance installation mirroring our networked society. The audience enter in a room illuminated by UV blacklights where dancers and musicians interact through an amplified harp that has its strings connected with fluorescent fishing lines attached to the walls. The installation is not a static, fixed […]
“On Sept 11th, 2001 I watched the twin towers falling with my father. Glued to the TV. A silent demolition. An American reality TV show. In the weeks that followed, I started to see American flags everywhere. Especially from immigrants of all colors, flying the flag out of a sense of fear of appearing to […]