Featuring Guest Choreographers Merce Cunningham, Christina Robson, Yin Yue, and Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones, Performances Run April 3-April 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Will Benefit Dance Scholarship Fund

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"21 Timbres" by Christina Robson; Photo Credit: Ella Bromblin

Second Avenue Dance Company (SADC) / 2019 and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts will present its annual spring concert series this year for five performances beginning April 3 and running through April 7. The spring series will feature new works by Christina Robson and Yin Yue and two reconstructions by Merce Cunningham and Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones, as well as highlight selected works choreographed by SADC members in the Department of Dance at NYU Tisch.

Presented each night will be four guest works including:

Merce Cunningham
: The SADC MinEvent, arranged by former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Rashaun Mitchell (trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust), draws from Ground Level Overlay (1995), Pictures (1984), Change of Address (1992), and Pond Way (1998), with an original score composed and performed by Jonathan Matthews and costumes designed by Corina Louise Chase.

“Presented without intermission, this event consists of complete dances, excerpts of dances from the repertory, and often new sequences arranged for particular performance and place, with the possibility of several separate activities happening at the same time—to allow not so much [for] an evening of dances as the experience of dance,” stated Merce Cunningham.

Christina Robson:
21 Timbres is a dynamic group work that aims to highlight the particularity of the individuals that comprise the ensemble and what is possible when they unite. The performers seamlessly move between ritualistic episodes and highly physical yet seemingly mechanical group tasks that unexpectedly explode, fade, and reignite. Physical events move by quickly often without transitions. Each episode offers varied perspectives on the unpredictable power a community can conjure, and how that energy may at any moment elicit joy and celebration—rage or relief essential to humanity.

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"In Company" by Yin Yue; Photo Credit: Ella Bromblin

Yin Yue: In Company takes us on an emotional journey of the forming, rising, and falling of the ensemble until a single figure remains, yet the lingering sense of tangible connection presents that we are within the company of each other.

Arnie Zane:
Freedom of Information III is part of the epic created by choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane for their six-person ensemble and is the most conscious treatment of the eclecticism that has characterized the works of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane to date. Their palette includes the use of language, visual materials, vibrant and unusual musical accompaniment, as well as a dance vocabulary comprised of classical, modern, Jazz, Afro-Caribbean gymnastics, pedestrian movements, and pantomime. Freedom of Information tackles a number of issues parallel to many of today’s leading visual and performance artists. They are the issues of style, tradition, the loss of the private world, and the weight, effect, and responsibility of a mass media culture.

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"Freedom of Information III" by Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones; Photo Credit: Ella Bromblin

The SADC choreographers, whose diverse works will rotate in repertory, are Kirsten Coco, Ashley Daigle, and Aliza Russell.

Opening night, renamed Legacy Performance, is open to the public but specifically dedicated to SADC alumni. All graduates are invited to attend the performance together with members of their class and mingle with current students in an informal reception after the performance.

The SADC/2019 Major Dance opens Wednesday, April 3 and runs for five performances through Sunday, April 7, 2019. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $20 to benefit the Tisch Dance Scholarship Fund (any size donation is accepted). Performances will take place in the Jack Crystal Theater, 111 Second Avenue, 5th floor, New York City. For reservations and information, call 212.998.1982 (Mon.-Fri. between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. only).