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molo products in Jessica Lang’s ‘Lyric Pieces’ for The Birmingham Royal Ballet | 12/06/04

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M. Lebowitz, Y. Knight, Y. Zhang

We are excited to share images of Lyric Pieces, the ballet by choreographer Jessica Lang that was commissioned by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The piece was created by Lang using elements of molo’s soft collection. The molo pieces acted as flexible and movable parts of the set that the dancers interacted with, making the pieces part of the dance itself.

All ballet photos by Roy Smiljanic.

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M. Dingman

Bruce Marriott of Dance Tabs had this to say about the piece:

Lyric Pieces by Jessica Lang was gorgeous. My scrawled notes burble as I rarely do: “Lyrical”, “quality, quality”, “polished”, “deeply satisfying”, “very classy”, “pure joy”…

The set (molo design) was composed of black card accordions that concertinaed to nothing or in some cases could cover half the width of the stage and from behind which dancers would emerge and dissolve back. This was a stunning, gentle piece… A huge and refreshing change from the aggressive nature of much new work these days.

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M. Dingman and ensemble

Since 1999, Jessica Lang has attained rare levels of success as a female choreographer continuously working with ballet companies across the U.S. and abroad. She is noted for her artfully crafted, emotionally engaging work and has been described for having “established a reputation for concocting ingenious choreographic interactions between dancing bodies and the movements of striking set and costume pieces.”

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Y. Knight, M. Lebowitz, J. Roberts, Y. Zhang

Jessica sent us this quote about working with molo products as tools for creative expression:

molo can transform the stage into a completely new environment in seconds. I love working with the walls and blocks as they are beautiful, unique and inventive materials that make my imagination flood with endless creative possibilities. Practicality speaking, I love the idea that all the materials are lightweight, the magnets provide seamless transitions between objects, and their condensed size, when stored, is incredibly ideal for touring and performing anywhere in the world.

But what is truly inspiring is their beauty – the rich, contemporary design and the various forms they can make, allowing me to manipulate them in a dance with as much grace and purpose as dancers bodies in space.

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Y. Knight

The Birmingham Royal Ballet was formed in 1990, when Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved to Birmingham. Everyone connected with the Company proudly celebrates the versatility and flexibility of an organization that creates challenging new work alongside the classics.

Future performances of Lyric Pieces will take place in Birmingham from September 26 – 29 and in London from October 23 -24.

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Y. Knight, J. Roberts

Both molo’s softwall + softblock modular system of expandable space dividers and softseating expandable furniture were used in Lyric Pieces.

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Each softwall opens to a length of 15′ (4.5 meters), more than 100 times its compressed dimension!