The Brodmann Areas: a new ballet from Norte Maar

Norte Maar, Brodmann Areas, Julia K. Gleich, Jason Andrew, Bushwick, performance



Brooklyn, NY—Norte Maar’s collaborative ballet returns for a second season at the Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, April 12-15 with the performance of The Brodmann Areas, a new ballet directed and choreographed by Julia K. Gleich, with musical direction by Ryan Francis, décor and costumes by Tamara Gonzales with collaborating artists Paul D’Agostino, Audra Wolowiec, Margo Wolowiec and others. The ballet will run April 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm and April 15 at 2pm at Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn).

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Seniors/Students) and can be purchased at:

For more information please contact Jason Andrew, 646-361-8512.

The Brodmann Areas
is a new ballet that dives literally head first into the gaps and synapses that define the 52 areas designating the regions of the cerebral cortex of the brain. Vast and complex, these areas form a web of collaborations among different parts of the brain. At its basic level, these are the areas responsible for our interpretation of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. As science continues to map the mind and its methods of perception, this ballet ventures into decoding the impulse to action and the movement of language. Under the direction of choreographer Julia K. Gleich with Ryan Francis providing musical direction and Tamara Gonzales designing décor and costume, the collaborators knit a visual and musical map to traverse the landscape of perception and memory.

In what will be a remarkable collaborative effort, The Brodmann Areas, will be created in three weeks. It challenges several originating artists to dive deep, without inhibition into a process of interpreting the mind’s interactions.  Dancer Michelle Buckley will perform Gleich’s π dance, in which over 100 decimal places are memorized by a language transformed in movement. A jarring piece without repetition or pattern, it demonstrates in dance form that π is an irrational number. That despite our various systems, decisions and pace can’t be controlled. Gleich borrows from mathematician John Conway to create a phrasing of the numerical digits as a kind of number poem.

There will be dances with ladders. There will be oranges and chalkboards.

Painter and poet Paul D’Agostino will create a new film–visual elements spliced and juxtaposed offering clips of dark landscape wherein the mind is left with references and only the passing of time. A projection and sound experimentation by duo Audra and Margo Wolowiec translates the action of drawing lines of thread into shorthand notations. Gesture becomes line, and fleeting movements are solidified into an audible language. Denis Pelli collaborates on a section about peripheral vision and Lars Swan multi-tasks with the dancers in a philosophical game.

Choreographically responding to the movement found in a series of paintings by Abstract Expressionist Jack Tworkov titled House of the Sun, the body of the dance is influenced by the sketches and paintings where figures tumble in perpetual motion, perhaps two lovers in entangled embrace. Uniting dreams and symbol, the section reinterprets through a balance of spontaneity and humanity. The movement is laden with emotion and the tumblers are filled with anxiety, happiness, sadness and fear as they process their conditions.

Press from Norte Maar’s 2011’s ballet In the Use of others for the Change:

“…incorporeal, elegiac, and ravishing.”
– Thomas Micchelli, The Brooklyn Rail

 “One thought was that I was seeing the reincarnation of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.”
– James Panero, The New Criterion

 “The most satisfying collaborations of choreography and visual arts I’ve seen in a long time.”
– Loren Munk (artist / critic James Kalm Report)

The Brodmann Areas Ballet is sponsored in part by:


Norte Maar, Northeast Kingdom, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Norte Maar, Momo Shushi Shack, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Norte Maar, Cafe Ghia, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Norte Maar, Pernod, Bushwick, Brooklyn

with generous support from the following individuals:

Jason Andrew, Trevor Carlson, Elizabeth Gleich,
Gerald Gleich + Kris Leiferman, Ruth Guydosh,
Justin Hillenbrand, Alice Mossey,
Patricia Satterlee, Joel Perlman, and David Seligman


About CPR.
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