Press Release

January 17, 2023

Paula Mlyn
(212) 924-3829


NEW YORK, NY - On March 10, 2023 Bright Shiny Things records releases [in]verse, [BSTC-0174] featuring Canadian cellist and member of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Arlen Hlusko and produced by Fall for Dance North, Toronto's Premier International Dance Festival. The 26-track album features music by a diverse roster of emerging and established composers, as well as poetry readings by 12 dancemakers from around the world. [in]verse is born from a desire to find meaningful ways to share, create, and connect with others during times of physical isolation. 

Curated by Hlusko and originally released as a limited streaming project as part of Fall for Dance North's 6th annual festival in September 2020, this expanded studio album features additional  collaborations with Francis Carr (cello), Vicky Chow (piano), and Lun Li (violin) alongside six world premiere compositions, Track 1, Footsteps (Matthias McIntire), Track 9, Mountainweeps (India Gailey), Track 11, Why Did They Kill Sandra Bland (Daniel Bernard Roumain), Track 13, Meditation No 1 (Leyla McCalla), Track 18, When I Have Fears I May Cease to Be (Lenworth Ryan Wilmot), and Track 26, Haiku (Michelle Ross). Pairings of music and poetry completes the recording with meditative readings by international dance artists Mthuthuzeli November (South Africa), Shantala Shivalingappa (India), Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya (Spain) and Sean Dorsey (USA), as well as legendary Canadian performers, Michael Greyeyes and Peggy Baker. 


Music, dance and poetry are kindred artforms. They allow us to commune with the human experience in intimate and extraordinary ways. Inspired by the readings of Pablo Neruda’s poetry on the Academy Award winning soundtrack of the 1994 film, Il Postino, we invited dancemakers from around the world to recite a favorite poem and collaborate with Arlen on the musical selections for [in]verse. This gorgeous album is a testament to the fact that, in times of great adversity, great collaborations can be born.

Ilter Ibrahimof
Artistic Director of Fall for Dance North



About Arlen Hlusko:

Internationally acclaimed Canadian cellist ARLEN HLUSKO is a dynamic, versatile young artist who has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician across North America, Asia, and Europe. A laureate of numerous competitions, Grammy-award winner for her collaboration with The Crossing, recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect fellowship,  she  is currently the cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and regularly performs with several ensembles based on the East Coast. She has recently debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and regularly performs at pre-eminent chamber music festivals such as Music from Angel Fire, Spoleto USA, and Tippet Rise. Committed to using her music to connect with and serve her community, Arlen founded her own interactive chamber music concert series, Philadelphia Performances for Autism, and is involved with several communities in Philadelphia & NYC, including Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. arlenhlusko.com


About Fall for Dance North (FFDN):

Now in its 9th season, FFDN is Toronto’s premier international dance festival that exists to break boundaries and remove barriers. With pluralism and affordability at its core, FFDN celebrates, nurtures and amplifies established and emerging Canadian dance artists, creates global connections, and inspires future audiences to sustain the artform.

Inspired by Fall for Dance in NY City Center, FFDN nurtures the dance audiences of the future, supports the creation of new work, educates the next generation, and connects the global dance industry with Canadian artists. Recent digital projects FFDN has produced include the film More Forever directed by Academy Award nominated director Barbara Willis Sweet featuring music by pianist Conrad Tao and choreography by Caleb Teicher, as well as short films Lalita Lavanga performed by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (India), Bloom performed by Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba), and My Mother’s Son performed by Mthuthuzeli November and Siphe November (South Africa); all directed by FFDN’s Renette and David Berman, with Filmmaker-in-Residence Vikram Dasgupta. and soon to be featured on international arts streaming platform Marquee TV. ffdnorth.com