Photo by Anne Marie BloodgoodNicolo Fonte’s Austin Premiere
By Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director

The minute I first heard the intimate Bach violin solos for Nicolo’s piece, I couldn’t stop listening – they absolutely seduced me, playing endlessly in my head. Then I saw the choreography, which is utterly gorgeous and sensual and captivating. If there was ever a piece in which I can lose myself completely, this is it. For 20 minutes, there is no one else, nothing else, but me, Bach, and the dancers on the floor.

Watching Nicolo work with the dancers is also mesmerizing. The musicality, the intention, the mood – all translate fluently from choreographer to dancer. The choreography flows but changes momentum in a split second, requiring dancers to shift weight or focus suddenly. Partnerships also have a fluid quality – there are no exclusive couples in this piece, and everyone dances with everyone else at some point.

Nicolo told me that this piece resulted from a wonderful collaboration with dancers from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – he and the dancers had such a deep understanding of each other and the piece that everything fell quickly and almost effortlessly into place. He came upon the title of the piece in thinking back on his choreographic experience – the collaboration went so smoothly that almost nothing had to be said between choreographer and dancers. Well, Nicolo, what’s Left Unsaid is tremendous – bravo!

For more information on Left Unsaid and The Studio Theater Project, click here.

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