Battle uses his taut, ritualistic style to powerful effect in a dance that expertly balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. His first new work since becoming artistic director in 2011 is set to a symphonic score by frequent collaborator John Mackey.
Awakening is dedicated to Joan Weill in appreciation of her inspired leadership, wisdom, caring, and grace.
Major support for the creation of Awakening
is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Commission supported by the
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
with lead sponsor support from Ira and Carole Hall.
Awakening is supported by commissioning funds from
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.
The world premiere of Awakening is also made possible by
Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation,
Roberta Campbell & Richard Gray, the Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund,
and the Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund.