Eastman School of Music, PUSH Physical Theatre join forces

05:00 AM, Jan 20, 2014

Darren Stevenson of PUSH Physical Theatre, who choreographed the staged version of Comala. (Photo provided by PUSH)/


Collaboration continues in Rochester’s arts community, and dance, probably by its nature, continues to lead the way.

At 8 p.m. Friday in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., PUSH Physical Theatre joins Eastman Broadband and Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica to stage Comala, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist composed by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, associate professor and chair of composition at Eastman School of Music.

Comala is a cantata based on the 1955 novel Pedro Paramo by Mexican author Juan Rulfo, which has a message of hope told through both living and dead characters who intersect with a young man trying to fulfill his mother’s final wish. Translated to music, Zohn-Muldoon has the living characters speaking and the dead characters singing.

Admission is $15 and available at the Eastman Theatre box office, (585) 454-2100 or esm.rochester.edu.

BIODANCE also announced a collaboration this week. The company will be working with Present Tense, another local dance group, on a weekend of concerts Feb. 21 to 23 at Geva Theatre Center.