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Bard Presents New Dance Performance Choreographed to Bach's Goldberg Variations



Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
845-758-7008
huang@bard.edu
03-28-2011
Image Credit: Janos Sutyak
 
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Conservatory of Music, Dance Program, and Music Program present, A Closer Paradigm: Bach Among Us, on Sunday, April 17, at 5 p.m. and Monday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The collaborative performance features Bach’s timeless Goldberg Variations with original choreography to a string trio transcription by Dmitry Sitkovetsky by members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on faculty in partnership with the Bard Dance Program. This dance is preceded by a short musical prologue of works by Hanns Eisler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and two of Bach’s irrepressibly danceable Inventions by students of the Bard Dance Program. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

In an unconventional staging to create a warm, inclusive setting, performers and audience members are side by side on the stage of the Sosnoff Theater, removing the traditional divisions of artist and audience. Dancers, choreographers, and musicians represent a creative fusion of five Bard departments, including members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on faculty in partnership with the Bard Dance Program; and students and faculty of Bard’s programs in dance and music, the Bard Conservatory of Music, and the Conservatory’s Artist-Fellow Program. Dancers include Leah Cox, Stuart Singer, Liza Batkin ’14, Emily Mayer ’12, Kalena Fuji ’14, and Stephanie Saywell ’14. Musicians include Helena Baillie (violin
), Marka Gustavsson (viola), and
 Emma Schmiedecke (cello).

Beginning in fall 2009, the dance program at Bard College has partnered with the world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to offer new classes in dance technique and choreographic methods, as well as special campus-wide forums and workshops, such as this event. Courses are taught by current and former members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company under the direction of Leah Cox, the company’s education director.

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This event was last updated on 03-28-2011