Marta Marta Productions

Speaking in Ligeti

7:00 pm
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins 333 King Edward Ave. Ottawa Canada
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Speaking in Ligeti © Photo: Emily Cooper
Music Chamber music Dance Contemporary
“In this profoundly smart production, Carter reflected Ligeti’s broken rhythms in the fractured footwork of dancers Hayden Fong, Delphine Leroux, Nicholas Lydiate, Thoenn Glover, and Heather Laura Gray.” The Georgia Straight

The music of the great Hungarian composer György Ligeti provides the starting point for a dazzling collaboration between contemporary choreographer Martha Carter and Vancouver’s renowned Microcosmos String Quartet. An ensemble of accomplished dancers join forces with the musicians to tackle Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1, creating a dialogue of movement, sound and rhythm that vibrates with contrasts, energy and deep emotion.

The string quartet's presence onstage is intrinsic to the work, as the musicians interact and move with dancers. Carter’s choreography deftly transforms the music’s anguished reflection of war into a radiant celebration of the human intellect and spirit, performed with empathy and commitment.

Recognized for providing audiences with immersive, participatory experiences, Martha Carter’s choreographies draw from ballet, contemporary and urban dance influences. Experimenting with stylistic juxtaposition to find new ways of expressing relevant issues through movement, Marta Marta Productions has become known for their collaborations with other artists, including musicians, composers, filmmakers, photographers, media artists, designers, and more.  


The Deux Mille Foundation


Anndraya Luui

video: Trailer
Speaking in Ligeti © Photo: Emily Cooper
Speaking in Ligeti © Photo: Emily Cooper
Speaking in Ligeti © Photo: Emily Cooper
Speaking in Ligeti © Photo: Emily Cooper


  • Choreographer Martha Carter
  • Music Composer György Ligeti
  • Lighting Design Jason Dubois