The next dance is one that was first shown last spring, The Distant Aidenn, based on a line in an Edgar Allan Poe poem and set to the music of George Winston. It weaves together three solos that Meunier created more than 20 years ago, each with a framework of longing, sorrow, and struggle. The ending, however, suggests again the way in which women find and help each other through tough times.
The last offering of the evening is Meunier and Mozart. As she has done with Metheny and Winston, Meunier's choreography mirrors the music, but never in a lock-step way. Vesperae is ballet-like in the varied use of arms, stretching and rounding overhead, held in a gentle arc near the body, reaching out to the side. They express the serene questioning, ardent supplication, and eventual exultation of the Psalms in Mozart's choral work. This piece is a strong ending to an inspiring dance concert.
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