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Butterfly or Falling Leaf, with choreographer Sarah Fuller, at Loyola University of Chicago

  • Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts 1020 W Sheridan Rd Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

James' chamber piece. Butterly or Falling Leaf, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, will be performed (on recording) with choreography by Sarah Fuller. Both the music and the movement were commissioned in 2013 by the MOMENTA Dance Company. 

The music was inspired by Philip Larkin's 1943 poem The Dancer

   Or falling leaf,
   Which ought I to imitate
   In my dancing?

And if she were to admit
The world weaved by her feet
Is leafless, is incomplete?
And if she abandoned it,
Broke the pivoted dance,
Set loose the audience?
Then would the moon go raving,
The moon, the anchorless
Moon go swerving
Down at the earth for a catastrophic kiss.