The Ying Quartet will premiere its collaboration with PUSH Physical Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on March 29-30 in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
“‘Creative Collision’ is what we’re calling it,” said Darren Stevenson, PUSH co-founder and co-director. “It’s something that can happen only when both groups are fully open to creative exploration and believe that true collaboration can be transformative.”
The two groups previously worked together for a concert celebrating the Landmark Society of Western New York’s 80th anniversary. That process sparked a friendship and the realization that their successful collaboration was a natural progression of each entity’s approach to creativity.
“We were immediately drawn to PUSH’s work, not only because it is captivating but also because we could relate closely to it,” violist Phillip Ying said. “Though their medium is movement and ours is sound, their creative process is really similar to ours. They are really like a chamber music group in many ways.”
Tickets ranging from $32 to $47 are available at (585) 274-3000, eastmantheatre.org and the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main St., Rochester.
“We’re documenting our entire process,” said Heather Stevenson, PUSH co-founder and co-director. “Our long-term aim is to create a workshop and residency program designed to teach interdisciplinary artistic collaboration to college students as part of the touring performance.”
“We are so excited to collaborate with PUSH,” cellist David Ying said. “Their artistry and imagination inspires us, and we share a deep desire to connect and communicate with audiences of all kinds. I already know it will be a memorable and amazing experience for all of us.”