Get to Work by Nine (8:24) United States
Choreographer: Kim Leary
Performers: Kim Leary, Donna Manalo, Donna Sullivan, Naylon Larane, Jennifer Noelle, Lisa Dragoset, Dave Merritt, Chris Engleman, Steve Salter
Videographer: Amy Staub
Music: Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble – Get to Work by Nine
Additional Credits: Choreography and Concept: Kim Leary. Choreographic contributions: Donna Manalo, Naylon Larane and Jennifer Noelle
Composition and Arrangement: Dave Merritt
What dance styles are being fused?
General dance movement Turkish and Romany
Life. Pay attention. The rhythms of life, daily cycles and patterns create a groove to ride. At a gut level, there is a transformation of beautiful sound and vibration into authentic movement. Rhythmic patterns in daily tasks keep us on track to get us to completion. They also have potential to inspire and morph those tasks at hand into joyous celebration in music and dance. From the song in the kitchen to the beat of shovels hitting the soil, functional art keeps us going, inspires us and brings us together.
“Get to Work by Nine”, composed by Dave Merritt, is inspired by the rhythms of life and Dave Brubek’s classic “Blue Rondo ala Turk”. Brubek’s piece, played on modern western instruments, is inspired by Kasilima, a traditional 9/8 Turkish rhythm. Merritt’s twist utilizes Brubek’s phrase-ending pattern, and where Blue Rondo goes into swingtime, ours uses a heavy Romany 9/8 and is played on traditional Turkish/ Arabic instruments.
The Turkish inspired music shaped the choice to include adapted dance from Turkish and Romany cultures integrated with general dance movement. The overall intention of the piece is that rhythm and music brings people together in the moment; honoring letting one’s guard down and being present; having a sense of belonging; being grounded, being playful and being together.
Traditional Turkish and Romany dancers to follow:
Choreography and Concept: Kim Leary
Music Composition and Arrangement: Dave Merritt
Choreography Contributions: Donna Manalo, Naylon Larane & Jennifer Noelle
Groove Merchant Drum and Dance Ensemble
Image Credit: Brian Lin