LAURA PAWEL DANCE COMPANY presents the premiere of "Flickers"
Laura Pawel Dance Company
LAURA PAWEL DANCE COMPANY
presents the premiere of "Flickers"
Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21 at 7 PM
The Theater at Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street (corner of Bayard)
Tickets: $20; $15 for students & seniors
"Laura Pawel has been working creating dances for her small company since 1968,
and her dancers and musicians are often long-term collaborators in her relaxed,
often improvisational pieces."
Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times, March 15, 2013
Dancers: Stacey Berkheimer, Jim Finney, Pamela Finney, Emily Kistler, Maki Kurokawa,
Elaine Myrianthopoulos, and Laura Pawel
Live Music by Barebones (Gene Caprioglio & Dr. 88), Cecilia Coleman Quartet, and Phil Stone
Laura Pawel Dance Company will perform the premiere of Flickers, a full company work to music by Barebones (Gene Caprioglio on guitar and Dr. 88 on harmonica), along with company favorites, March 20 & 21 at The Theater at Chen Dance Center on Mulberry and Bayard in New York's Chinatown. The Pawel style combines choreographed works with improvisational structures in both the dance and music, along with improvised talk by the performers, who have worked collaboratively for years.
Flickers is inspired by dream fragments, flickers of thoughts, memories of something you were going to say but can't quite remember.
The company will repeat last year's premiere, 3 a.m., a dance about that time of the morning - a time for nightmares, sleeplessness, wanderings, meanderings, both funny and sad. The mellow jazz sounds of the Cecilia Coleman Quartet will accompany, and feature Coleman, pianist/composer; Dave Smith on trumpet; Peter Brainin on tenor sax; and Chris Haney on bass.
Two premieres from 2013 will be repeated: Tete-a-Tete, an idiosyncratic conversation for two dancers to music by Barebones; and Lost Thoughts, to electronic music by Phil Stone, creating a landscape of different energies and a shifting environment. Completing the program is Inkling, which finds five dancers caught by confusion, but trying to play.
LAURA PAWEL began dancing with Betty Jones of the Limon Dance Company and continued her studies with Merce Cunningham, Nancy Meehan, Elaine Summers, and Christine Wright, among others. She formed her company after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied dance composition with Bessie Schonberg and poetry with Jane Cooper. Pawel taught dance for ten years at Wesleyan University and privately in NYC. Since founding her company in 1968, she has choreographed over sixty dances. The Laura Pawel Dance Company has collaboratively developed choreographic and performing techniques which use highly personalized movement vocabularies, spoken words, and original music within improvisational structures.