Three musicians, one composer, one choreographer and ten dancers embark on a journey of divine femininity inspired and brought together by the synergy of words and images from The Book of Goddesses by Kris Waldherr. Grammy nominated composer, Robert Paterson's score sets the tone for each movement aptly brought to life by Austin based musicians, Adrienne Inglis (flutist) and Shana Norton (harpist) of Chaski with guest percussionist and professor at Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Dr. Matthew McClung. Houston choreographer and artistic director, Sophia L. Torres adds visual interest to the space with movement and dance.
Paterson's musical composition sprang from this beautifully illustrated book that highlights different goddesses from various cultures covering Greek mythology Tibetan folklore and Japanese legend. Named after the book, The Book of Goddesses was on the Grammy® nomination ballot for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012.
Paterson has graciously given permission to have the work reproduced for this project. In conversations with the composer, he shared his original vision for the piece, which was that the music be performed live with choreographed dance. This collaboration will be the first full realization of that vision. Paterson is enthusiastic in his support for the project and is eagerly following its progress. He plans to attend at least one performance.
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