Stray Bird: A Tribute to Composer Ursula Mamlok

Next Event: May 25, 2023 Boston Free
Two dancers of New Chamber Ballet performing a duet, with string quartet in the background.
New Chamber Ballet performs "Stray Bird" (Photo: Arnaud Falchier/

Contemporary dance and music are synthesized in a unique project celebrating composer Ursula Mamlok in the centennial year of her birth.

Mamlok was born to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1923, and by her early teens was a precocious talent on her way to becoming a composer. Then Germany descended into Nazi terror. In 1939, in the wake of Kristallnacht (when Mamlok was just 16 years old,) she and her parents made a dramatic, last-minute escape to Ecuador.

Physically and culturally displaced, the teenager eventually made it to New York City, without her parents, to continue her musical studies. In time, Mamlok embarked on what would become a trailblazing career as one of the few established women composers in her generation.

In the intimate setting of the Goethe-Institut Boston, with the audience seated up close to the performers in the round, New Chamber Ballet and an ensemble of leading musicians take you on a sonic and visual journey through Mamlok’s delicate, abstract music with dances by three choreographers (Miro Magloire, Rebecca Walden, and Mara Driscoll) revealing powerful themes of loss, displacement, rejection, and reconciliation.

With Cree Carrico (soprano), the Momenta String Quartet, Roberta Michel (flute) and Pascal Archer (clarinet), as well as the dancers of New Chamber Ballet (Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Nicole McGinnis, Amber Neff, and Rachele Perla). Choreography by Miro Magloire, Rebecca Walden, and Mara Driscoll. Costumes by Sarah Thea Craig.

Reservation required!

These performances of Stray Bird are made possible in part by support from the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Boston.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

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