Other Works

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Socially Distanced) - Spring 2021

Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn

Costumes:  Lee Hodgson

Scenic Design:  Scott Tedmon-Jones

 

During the COVID pandemic, theatrical training through production brings challenges and employment of extensive protocols to the forefront of consideration.  While the premise of Midsummer is built on woodland fairies and young lovers, how to manage distancing while storytelling and masking while expressing is a creative challenge and an artistic opportunity.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Socially Distanced) considers the integration of responsible social distancing and mask-wearing as prime tenants for choreographic and theatrical design invention.  

The Nutcracker

Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography:  Marsha Fay Knight

Costume Design:  Lee Hodgson

Scenic Design:  Ron Steger

Conductor:  Dr. Michael Griffith 

Productions in 2018, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1994, 1988

Recent productions include UW Symphony Orchestra

and Children’s Chorus

 

Based on a Western interpretation of the classic story, Clara’s Christmas Eve begins in her plains Victorian home in Laramie, WY, 1892.  In her dream journey, Clara encounters outlaw, saloon-girl, and bandit mice who battle cavalry soldiers.  Clara’s fantasy takes her under snow-covered boughs by her home where she watches snowflakes dancing in the night sky.  The Nutcracker Prince leads her to a fête of dancing ornaments in the branches of her Christmas tree.

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Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth (2001)

A full-length original ballet, conceived and choreographed

by Marsha Fay Knight

Narrated by Diane Wolkstein; New York’s official storyteller for 12 years

Based on the book, Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth

by Samuel Noah Kramer and Diane Wolkstein

Music:  Compilation of artists including Crumb,

Cage, Part, Nogues, Schnittke

 

Based on the epic story of Inanna, great goddess of the early Sumerian Culture, whose stories come to us from Cuneiform clay tablets dating 1900 BCE.  Born of the first civilization from which we have texts, Inanna’s descent to the Underworld to confront her dark sister Erishkigal presents familiar issues of loyalty, ambition, greed, devotion, and what it is to be human.

 

You will go to the underworld half the year.

Your sister, since she has asked, will go the other half.

On the day you are called, that day you will be taken.

On the day your sister is called, that day you will be set free.

Holy Erishkegal, great is your name.

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Coppélia

Composer:  Léo Delibes

Choreography:  Marsha Fay Knight

A comic ballet in three acts

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Of A Mind (2016 & 2006)

Composer:  Fritz Kreisler, "Preludium and Allegro"

Choreography:  Marsha Fay Knight


Of a Mind was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 through the adjudication process of the American College Dance Association.

Cinq Cadeaux de Chopin (2014)

Composer:  Frédéric Chopin

Sonâncias for 21 Instruments (2009)

Composer:  Marlos Nobre, “Sonâncias III”

Choreography:  Marsha Fay Knight

For 21 instruments and 21 dancers

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Pulcinella

Composer:  Stravinsky after Pergolesi

One act ballet; commedia dell’arte

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The Lark Ascending (2013)

Music: Fritz Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro

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