Featuring new works by four guest choreographers-Stefanie Batten Bland, Ori Flomin, Loni Landon and Bobbi Jene Smith and a world premiere by Trisha Brown
Second Avenue Dance Company/2017 (SADC) and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts will present its annual spring concert series this year for five performances beginning March 29 and running through April 2. The spring series will feature new works by four noted guest choreographers-Stefanie Batten Bland, Ori Flomin, Loni Landon and Bobbi Jene Smith and a world premiere by Trisha Brown- and also highlight selected works choreographed by students in the Department of Dance at NYU Tisch.
Presented each night will be four new works and one world premiere on a rotating basis, including:
• Incoming, a new work for 15 dancers by 2016 Jerome Robbins Award winner Stefanie Batten Bland, that examines the state within which we find ourselves when arriving somewhere. Here, the destination is unknown but our sensitivity to how we are treated upon arrival and with whom we have voyaged to get this far has created a present tense community.
• Trisha Brown’s masterwork, Set and Reset/Reset, directed by Trisha Brown Dance Company co-artistic director Diane Madden. The performances mark the first time a university has been granted permission to reinterpret the Robert Rauschenberg’s video component to Brown’s work by Cari Ann Shim Sham. Diane Madden taught students original movement material and guided a creative process similar to that which Trisha Brown used in creation her original masterpiece. Here, as with her Company in 1983, the students are an integral part of both the creative process and the end result.
• Ori Flomin’s new Together, Together looks into what forms a community, the dependency of the individual on their community and the power games within its structure. Who are the leaders and who the followers are and how they all influence each other’s behavior?
• Loni Landon’s hold fast creates lush, innovative movement full of subtle detail and sophistication and maintains a highly charged emotional current throughout. Upholding to the integrity of the movement itself, the work searches for honest reaction and expression while shedding the performance persona;
• Old Horizons, by long time Batsheva dancer Bobbi Jene Smith is a physical letter to the missings, the mountains, and the distance between. It takes place at 4:30 a.m. mountain standard time.
The selected student choreographers, whose diverse works will rotate in repertory, are Michael Kelly, Katya Lazor, and Carly Lepore & Andrea Pugliese, Owen Prum and Charlotte Settle.
The SADC/2017 Major Dance opens Wednesday, March 29 and runs for 5 performances through Sunday, April 2, 2017. 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 and 5 p.m. only).