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THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD DAVID
(WHAT HAPPENED – 1978/2021) (Dance/Film, USA)
David Gordon is a director, choreographer, writer, based in New York City. From his seminal beginnings as a founding artist in the Judson Dance Theater, David Gordon has examined and expanded the line of theater and dance and pioneered the use of textual narrative in movement work. Gordon not only signified his later writing and directing for the stage, but also predated the live theater form that became known as “performance art.” He has created 100+ works for his own company, The Pick Up Performance Co., as well as numerous commissions to create dance and theater for other leading arts organizations, including American Ballet Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Ballet Rambert, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, PEAK Performances and White Oak Dance Project among others. Gordon’s accolades include three BESSIES Awards two Guggenheims, three National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece grants, two OBIE Awards, two Dramalogues, two Pew Charitable Trust Grants (in both Theater and Dance), and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His complete works to date are in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and all can be accessed at his archive website davidgordon.nyc.
THE ART OF FUGUE
ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director, Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. ZviDance also exists to engage students in enriching their appreciation of the art form.
THE ART OF FUGUE is an evening-length, multimedia dance performance. It is a collaboration between Artistic Director, Zvi Gotheiner; 8 dancers; Composer, Scott Killian; Lighting Designer, Mark London; and Media Designer, Joshua Higgason. Gotheiner utilizes the seminal Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue as a point of departure to conceive a choreographic exploration that highlights the individual contribution of each of his creative team. In music, a fugue is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody is introduced by one voice and successively taken up by others. Gotheiner will introduce this compositional structure as a metaphor to portray a non-hierarchical society. Killian integrates electronic original music with Bach, anchoring the work in contemporary culture. Higgason’s live and pre-recorded video projection adds an additional “voice” to the complexity of the canonic composition.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.
Heidi Latsky Dance disrupts space, dismantles normal, and redefines beauty and virtuosity through innovative performance and discourse. Dedicated to reflecting the true diverse nature of the world we live in, HLD brings rigorous, passionate, and thought-provoking work to broad audiences.
ON DISPLAY addresses our tendency to avoid, objectify and judge people who are different from ourselves. The film version of this human sculpture court created especially for PEAK Performances with collaborators Janet Wong and Robert Wierzel and featuring a cast of 14 performers wearing fashion by Anna Kathleen Little and Susan Obrant and wearable art by Nuvu Studios, provides a unique perspective and an intimate view of the installation.
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BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE
In 1965 James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. were invited to The Cambridge University Union to debate the resolution “The American Dream is at the Expense of The American Negro.” ERS re-creates their profoundly relevant confrontation in Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge.
THE EYE IS THE FIRST CIRCLE
Simone Dinnerstein has a distinctive musical voice. The Washington Post has called her “an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity.” She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. She is, wrote The New York Times, “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.”
THE EYE IS THE FIRST CIRCLE – As Emerson wrote in his essay, Circles, “The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end.” Using two iconic works of art – her father Simon Dinnerstein’s Fulbright Triptych and Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata, and in collaboration with projection designer Laurie Olinder and lighting designer Davison Scandrett, Dinnerstein combines elements from the painting that was made at the beginning of her own life with the imaginative and natural world of the Transcendentalists, as expressed through Ives’s ecstatic and fractured musical lens. A collage of sounds and images from the Renaissance through the recent past converges. “The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory, and to do something without knowing how or why; in short, to draw a new circle.”