Dancing about cyberhackers
Peter Van Zandt Lane
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Catalog Number: 
new classical
new music
music for dance

Belmont, MA

Release Date: 
Jun 24, 2014
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
One Sheet: 

In a wild collision of music, technology, and politics, Peter Van Zandt Lane’s electroacoustic ballet, HackPolitik, brings the compelling story of cyber-dissident groups Anonymous and LulzSec to the stage. The studio album captures every ounce of the energy and physicality of the fully-staged collaborative production of the Boston-based Juventas New Music Ensemble and Brooklyn-based dance company The People Movers, a production described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “angular, jarring, and sophisticated . . . very compelling . . . Ballet needs live music, and this one offered it at the highest level.”

The ten scenes of HackPolitik weave chamber music with electronic sounds in an array of divergent and subversive ways, creating a blend of classical and vernacular musical traditions—electronica and modernism, heavy metal and spectralism, free jazz and post-minimalism. From the trance-like riffing of The Jester and #OpTunisia, to the otherworldly lyricism of Laurelai emerges and Sabu’s betrayal, to the raucous screaming of distorted cello in The Shaming of HBGary Federal, there is no doubt that this music was written for the ultra-physical choreography of Kate Ladenheim. The virtuosity demanded of the writing is matched by the all-star group of Boston musicians led by Juventas Ensemble’s director, Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Recorded at the WGBH Fraser Recording Studio, the CD features links to online content, including video recordings of the live premiere performances, background info on the hacker world and world-changing events that inspired the piece, and features with the choreographer and cast of dancers.


"HackPolitik ... has deep roots in contemporary chamber music, but it has an immediacy rarely experienced in that repertoire. Scenes (there are ten of them) are well-defined, and the listening experience is rich in surprises, including a gorgeous slow-paced cello/piano duet." [FULL ARTICLE]
Francois Couture