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Cedar Lake will perform Jo Strømgren’s NECESSITY, AGAIN as part of tenth anniversary celebration at BAM (photo by Paula Lobo)

Cedar Lake will perform Jo Strømgren’s NECESSITY, AGAIN as part of tenth anniversary celebration at BAM (photo by Paula Lobo)

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.
June 11-14, $20-$55, 7:30

Chelsea-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is celebrating its tenth anniversary season by making its BAM debut this week. The company, which was founded by Wal-Mart heiress Nancy Laurie in 2003, is known for its intense physicality and often jaw-dropping athleticism, performing works by a wide range of international choreographers. Now under the leadership of longtime ballet master and rehearsal director Alexandria Damiani, who was recently named artistic director following Benoit-Swan Pouffer’s departure last year, the sixteen-member company will present five works over three programs June 11-14 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. The evening-length Orbo Novo (June 11 & 13), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s adaptation of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s book about her recovery from a stroke, is a spectacular piece, with music by Szymon Brzóska (played live by the Mosaic String Quartet) and a mind-blowing set by Alexander Dodge. Composer and choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid (June 12) has a postapocalyptic feel, with the score performed live by a cello, viola, and double bass ensemble. Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet (June 12 & 14) features Amith A. Chandrashaker’s lighting design with rectangular boxes, along with video projections and Mikael Karlsson’s jazzy music. Jo Strømgren’s playful Necessity, Again (June 12 & 14) includes flying papers, songs by Charles Aznavour, and text by Jacques Derrida. “The necessity to formulate everything in words, even the theme of necessity itself, is possibly a disease of our time,” Strømgren explains. “This piece is an homage to the free space between the words — to the moments when we just want to be emotional and not rational.” And associate choreographer Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine (June 14) combines Jim French’s lighting and Owen Belton’s score to let the company really show off its many strengths. (Cedar Lake will also present a free showcase of works in progress at its Chelsea headquarters July 29-30 as part of its inaugural Cedar Lab initiative, in which Cedar Lake dancers Jon Bond, Navarra Novy-Williams, Matthew Rich, Joaquim de Santana, and Vânia Doutel Vaz will create new pieces for the company.)

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