Classical Music is Dead*

The Nouveau Classical Project
Our MATA Interval 4.3 concert in 2011! The deadline to apply for Interval is this Sunday. Don’t miss out! Photo by Frank Wang

Our MATA Interval 4.3 concert in 2011! The deadline to apply for Interval is this Sunday. Don’t miss out! Photo by Frank Wang

Our latest undertaking, Potential Energies, premiered on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at BAM Fisher. It was an exceptionally special evening: the performance went extremely well, we sold out, and in addition to our family and friends, people we look up to (including composer Philip Glass) came out to support us.

It may have been one night only, but this is just the beginning! We’re working on getting PE performed again in New York in the near future and touring the piece nationally and internationally. Big thanks to Pat Lian for taking these photos from the audience perspective! (Never again will we be annoyed with someone for whipping out an iPhone during a concert :)

Potential Energies: a modern ballet. Directed by Sugar Vendil, Choreography by Barbie Diewald, Music by Trevor Gureckis

Performers/Collaborators: Laura Cocks, flute; Mara Mayer, clarinet; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Sugar Vendil, piano. Dancers: Allison Beler, Colleen Hoelscher, Cara Mcgaughey, Susan Philipp, Christina Soto

.@peballet was a sold-out success! It was hard to get a lot of reviewers out because they didn’t know whether to put us in music or dance. We’ll just have to do it again! :) Photo by @discopupils…more pics soon!

.@peballet was a sold-out success! It was hard to get a lot of reviewers out because they didn’t know whether to put us in music or dance. We’ll just have to do it again! :) Photo by @discopupils…more pics soon!

Parts printed and bound by @tgureckis Type designed by @madanthonynyc #profesh

Parts printed and bound by @tgureckis Type designed by @madanthonynyc #profesh

Potential Energies #RollCall!

Name: Barbie Diewald
Role: Choreographer

I think #potentialenergies means: A full, heartfelt commitment to pushing myself and my work into new territory.


My #ifnotnowwhen moment: Deciding to temporarily leave New York this fall to pursue my MFA.

Potential Energies #RollCall!

Name: Barbie Diewald
Role: Choreographer

I think #potentialenergies means: A full, heartfelt commitment to pushing myself and my work into new territory.


My #ifnotnowwhen moment: Deciding to temporarily leave New York this fall to pursue my MFA.

Picked up our #ifnotnowwhen rubber stamp for tomorrow night cc: @caputosteve  (at Casey’s Rubber Stamps)

Picked up our #ifnotnowwhen rubber stamp for tomorrow night cc: @caputosteve (at Casey’s Rubber Stamps)

Potential Energies #RollCall!

Susan Philipp, Dancer

What #potentialenergies means to me: A realization that one’s initial hopes and dreams are not concrete. Allowing oneself the space to let them evolve and change.

My #ifnotnowwhen moment: Deciding instantaneously to work toward my yoga certification. Something just felt “right” about it at that particular moment. Since then, it has been giving back to me every step of the way!

Join us May 29 for the world premiere!
Tickets: bam.org/potentialenergies

Potential Energies #RollCall!

Susan Philipp, Dancer

What #potentialenergies means to me: A realization that one’s initial hopes and dreams are not concrete. Allowing oneself the space to let them evolve and change.

My #ifnotnowwhen moment: Deciding instantaneously to work toward my yoga certification. Something just felt “right” about it at that particular moment. Since then, it has been giving back to me every step of the way!

Join us May 29 for the world premiere!

Tickets: bam.org/potentialenergies