can I have it without begging

March 26-28, 2020
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will perform in can I have it without begging, an inter-generational program of mutually-inspired live music and dance collaborations between renowned choreographer Megan Williams and acclaimed composer Eve Beglarian.

The program, opening with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City singers performing Eve Beglarian’s Armon, comprises four connected Megan Williams Dance Projects repertory dance works set to compositions from Ms. Beglarian’s expansive catalogue. It is highlighted by the world premieres of two newly commissioned compositions by Ms. Beglarian and new dance works by Ms. Williams. YPC will be featured in My Great Desire and Play Like a Girl.

Megan Williams and the dancers of the Megan Williams Dance Projects will be joined by Ms. Beglarian, YPC, and an all-star cast of new music luminaries: Tristan Kasten-Krause, bass; Thomas Feng, keyboard; Margaret Lancaster, flute; Huizi Zhang, keyboard; and Amy Garapic, percussion, with costume design by Barbara Erin Delo, lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann, and sound design by Sam Crawford.

See program details below. 



March 26-28, 2020


8:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

General – $25
Student and Members – $15
Children (12 or younger) – $10

My Great Desire is a new large ensemble ballet by Megan Williams inspired by Eve Beglarian’s Machaut in the Machine Age series. Since the 1980s Ms. Beglarian has been writing responses to Guillaume de Machaut’s secular songs from the 14th century. YPC performs the third piece in the Machaut suite. This performance includes the world premieres of a newly commissioned musical additions to the Machaut series by Ms. Beglarian and choreography of all five sections of the ballet by Ms. Williams.

Play Like a Girl—a raucous, contemplative suite of short dances that embody memories of the struggles and joys of girlhood. The dances are set to Ms. Beglarian’s keyboard variations on the Bulgarian tune Kaval Sviri, the opening theme of which is sung by YPC.

Five Things—the reboot of a duet, originally premiered in 2018 and now reimagined for Megan Williams and Esmé Boyce, set to a musical dialogue by Ms. Beglarian of the translated text of a Song Dynasty letter to Zen Master Xiang.

Swift Bird–the world premiere of both a newly commissioned, instrumental and spoken text companion piece to Five Things by Eve Beglarian and a new solo dance work by and for Megan Williams, in which the vulnerability and solitude of aging are explored.