“Sinopoli tempts [the audience] with her savvy collaborations with sculptors, poets and musicians”
~ Metroland

"For Ellen Sinopoli, founder of one of upstate New York's premiere dance companies, the creative journey through dance has lead her down a path less traveled, away from social commentary and artistic isolation, and into true collaboration with fields as seemingly foreign to movement as to dance itself." ~ The Artful Mind





COMMISSIONS

House of Fables (2015) – Set to commissioned music by classically trained Indian tabla player Devesh Chandra, House of Fables asks the viewer: How does one choose her life’s pathway? How do the intertwinings of family drive the decision? How bold can she be?

ChoreoPhysics (2014) – ChoreoPhysics was commissioned by the UAlbany Performing Arts Center in a collaborative residency with physicist Keith Earle. Beginning with our examination of specific concepts related to physics from the perspective of muscle and skeletal impetus, spatial form, partner interaction or breath, what evolved and developed was a series of extremely dynamic and visceral patterns that demand acute awareness and involvement from each dancer.

Continuum (2014) – Inspired by the specially commissioned music of violinist Cornelius Dufallo, this dance captures the duality of pushing forward while never quite losing our first points in time.

Speaking Duchamp (2013) –Speaking Duchamp was inspired by An Armory Show, an installation by artists Michael Oatman and Ken Ragsdale, which appeared at The Sage College’s Opalka Gallery in 2013. The dance pays homage to Marcel Duchamp, the artist whose work made the biggest splash at the original 1913 Armory Show in NYC. His Cubist-inspired Nude Descending a Staircase was famously derided as an "explosion in a shingle factory." Oatman's D'entre les Morts video work was inspired by Duchamp's painting.

Sea Ghosts (2012) – Driven by the nuanced textures of William Harper’s electroacoustic music, The Gallowing Sea, this dance delves wildly into a mythical underwater world. The set design, by visual artist Calvin Grimm, features a projected painting from his Deep Ocean/Deep Space series.

If Books Could Dance! (2012) – commissioned by The Olana Partnership and premiered at the Olana Historic Site in Hudson, NY in 2012. The dances were inspired by the narrative delights of children's book authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Thomas Locker (Water Dance), and Hudson Talbott (River of Dreams).

Sepia and Contrapuntal Fling (2008) – commissioned by and performed live with The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, under Music Director Charles Schneider, in celebration of its 75th anniversary. These dances premiered at Proctor's in Schenectady, set music by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

Metropolis & Counterflow (2005) – commissioned as a part of The Egg’s Leonard Bernstein Living Legacy Celebration, ESDC collaborated with jazz master Don Bryon and his ensemble of brilliant musicians to present an evening of memorable music and dance

Telling Tales (2005) – commissioned by The Egg to create a children’s program of words, sound and movement that brings together Sinopoli’s dancers, storyteller Pleasant DeSpain and percussionist Brian Melick

Falling; Winged; Tango for Four (2003) - commissioned by The Egg to celebrate its 25 th anniversary. ESDC created a sensory feast of live music and dance featuring the extraordinary talents of musicians Gideon Freudmann, Don Knaack, Carl Landa, Brian Melick, Siobhan Quinn and Maria Zemantauski

Vanishing and Glyphein (2002) - commissioned by the Schenectady Museum and performed on the grounds of the museum incorporating thirteen of Bob Blood's massive metal sculptures

Vain Endeavors (1999) - commissioned by Saratoga County Arts Council and performed live with musician Ruth Condell Alsop and Bert Phillips

Rico Songs & Interludes (1997) - commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra
and with the Dogs of Desire performing live to original music by Neil Rolnick

A Soldier's Tale (1995) - commissioned by St. Cecilia's Orchestra and performed with St. Cecilia's Orchestra and Shakespeare & Company at Tanglewood, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and SUNY Cobleskill

COLLABORATIONS

“Sinopoli is an example of the growing movement in the arts to intermingle with each other, blurring the lines of established genres” ~ The Record

Celtic Footprints (2010)
Collaborator: Irish Master Stoyteller Bairbre McCarthy

Compas (2008)
Collaborator: Maria Zemantauski, composer

Snowblind (2008)
Collaborator: Jim Lewis, set design; Jean Krueger, fabric construction for set

Spill Out! (2006)
Collaborators: Francis Bronet, architectural designer; Sidney Fleisher, technical designer; William Harper, composer; Ralph Pascucci, video; David Yergan, lighting design

Becoming (2006)
Collaborators: Hilary Tann, composer; Krassimir Ivanov, musician and Martin A. Olstad, sculptor

Dance Granny Dance (2005)
Collaborators: Pleasant DeSpain, storyteller and Brain Melick, composer

Metropolis (2005)
Collaborator: Don Byron, composer

Animal Rhythms (2003)
Collaborators: Brain Melick, composer

Falling (2003)
Collaborators: Brian Melick and Maria Zemantauski, musicians

Winged (2003)
Collaborator: Siobhan Quinn, vocalist

Tango for Four (2003)
Collaborator: Carl Landa, musician

From the mind/of a single, long vine/one hundred opening lives (2002)
Collaborator: Jim Lewis, wood sculptor

Sandungera (2000)
Collaborators: Thomas Gagnon, visual artist and Nina Tucciarelli, media artist

Juggling Gym (2000)
Collaborator: Benigna Chilla, visual artist

Beating a Path (1999)
Collaborator: Frances Bronet, architectural designer

Nearing Convergence (1999)
Collaborator: Benigna Chilla, visual artist and William Harper, composer

Cliché (1998)
Collaborator: Carl Landa, composer

Chrysalis (1997)
Collaborator: Joris Reintsema, visual artist

Pierre 's Words (1997)
Collaborators: Joel Chadabe, composer and Pierre Joris, poet

Clusters (1995)
Collaborator: Rob Kitsos, choreographer

Selchie (1995)
Collaborator: Bairbre McCarthy, storyteller

Frozen Shadows (1994)
Collaborators: Pierre Joris, poet and John Maas, sculptor

A Staying Place (1993)
Collaborator: Charles Steckler, set designer

Exile (1991)
Collaborator: Judy Fitzner Atchinson, composer


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