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New York Premiere for A Wagner Matinee


DSL Dance WireLaura Diffenderfer/Oh Dear Dance Theatre will present the New York premiere of A Wagner Matinee, an evening-length multimedia work based on Willa Cather’s short story of the same name from 1904, at the Merce Cunningham Studio on April 3, 10, and 11. 

A Wagner Matinee is the story of a homesteader’s journey from Nebraska back to Boston, her hometown, where she attends a concert and is reminded of her abandoned dream of becoming a concert pianist, leading her to ask: “How do I go back?” It will be performed by Laurie Berg, Sevin Ceviker, Maya Krishnasastry, Josh Rowe, and Alicia Weill.

The piece will include recordings of music by Clara Schumann and Richard Wagner, as well as original music by Matt McBane, performed live by McBane and Michael Cassedy. The dance will also include video by Drew Blattman and Jessica Lacombe and photographs by Michael Farrell.

Tickets, at $12 to $20, can be purchased at the door or online at To learn more about the troupe, visit


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