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Buglisi Dance Theater


Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55 Street
New York, NY


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 7:30pm daily through June 9, 2016



Buglisi Dance Theater

Featuring Masterworks and a World Premiere
by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi
Opening Night Performance will honor TERESE CAPUCILLI
Guest Artist Blakeley White-McGuire performs Martha Graham’s Deep Song
Special performance by CHRISTINE DAKIN with pianist Brian Zeger
Tuesday-Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 PM; June 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55 Street
Tickets: $20 | Priority Seating: $35 | Students (with ID): $10:
Online: www.buglisidance.org | By phone: 800-838-3006 x1 | In-person: Box office opens two hours before curtain.
Dancers: Christine Dakin, Jason Jordan, So Young An, Ari Mayzick, Lauren Jaeger, Stephanie Van
Dooren-Eshkenazi, Anne O'Donnell, Jesse Obremski, Hope Dougherty
Apprentice: Fiona Oba, Requiem Understudy Leslie Andrea Willliams
Guest Artists: Blakeley White-McGuire, Lloyd Knight

Buglisi Dance Theatre, celebrating its 23rd anniversary, is proud to present "Women of Distinction," a program that celebrates women, June 7-9 at The Ailey Citigroup Theater.   The season will see a World Premiere by Buglisi, inspired by the first recorded author/poet, as well as Buglisi masterworks Requiem, Sand, Sospiri, Suite:Solos and Duets, and a special performance by Christine Dakin with pianist Brian Zeger.  The Opening Night performance will honor Terese Capucilli, Associate Founding Director and Principal Dancer of Buglisi Dance Theatre, and will include a performance by Graham principal dancer Blakeley White-McGuire of Martha Graham's Deep Song (opening night only).
The new Buglisi work represents women of distinction from the fascinating but now mostly forgotten Enheduanna, the earliest known author/poet, born in Mesopotamia, to Theodora, one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses.
The program continues to celebrate women with Buglisi's Requiem, created for an ensemble of five women and set to Gabriel Faure's soaring Requiem. The visually ravishing work was originally inspired by the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who, forced by the oppression of her society, used her brushes to win the admiration of kings and eventually her own legal right as an independent woman.  One of Buglisi's most exquisite works, Requiem has been described as "gorgeous, expressive, original.......This is no small magic."  (Tobi Tobias, Village Voice, 2003)   Pia Catton wrote of the dance's "...purity and gravity that make it sublime.  Five women stand on pedestals looking like classical statues of goddesses."  (The New York Sun, 2003).    Following the work's 2002 premiere, Anna Kisselgoff described the work as "stunning...typical of the creative breakthrough achieved by (Buglisi)" (The New York Times, 2002), and Sylviane Gold remarked simply that "Buglisi is a poet."  (Newsday, 2002)    Ms. Buglisi dedicates these performances of Requiem to her beloved friend and colleague Dudley Williams.
Sospiri, set to music by Edward Elgar, was premiered at City Center by the Martha Graham Dance Company during their October 1989 season.  The duet tells the story of Camila O'Gorman and her lover, the Jesuit priest Ladislav Gutierrez who, in 1848, were hunted down and executed by a firing squad for their illicit love.  This timeless story has become legend among the peasants of Argentina.  
Sand, set to Philip Glass' brilliant String Quartet #5, is a tribute to the beauty and fragility of life in the desert."   Reviewing in Dance Magazine, Lynn Garafola remarked that "The partnering is complex and charged with eroticism," adding "She (Buglisi) works in images that seduce the eye as much as the imagination, with shapes, luminous textures, and stilted moments in time that offer an adventure in perception." 
A special performance by Christine Dakin with pianist Brian Zeger.
** Program subject to change.
The award-winning Buglisi Dance Theatre is acclaimed for its magnificent dancers, sublime theatricality and cutting-edge collaborations. Based in New York City, the company was founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin and Donlin Foreman, who performed together as Principal Dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Using literature, poetry, and heroic archetypes, Buglisi crafts dances on the human condition which promote social justice and awareness of global issues. BDT performs worldwide including, in NYC at The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the River to River Festival, and the Battery Dance Festival, on tour at the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance Festival, The Kravis Center, and abroad to festivals in Australia, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, and Italy.  BDT’s repertoire of over 100 works is archived in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library, and is seen on the companies of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Richmond Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ice Theatre of New York, among others. BDT inspires students through its programs in the NYC public schools, and university residencies and performances including University of California, Santa Barbara, George Mason University, Syracuse University, and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance.  Committed to empowering community through art, BDT embraces 150 + dancers in The 9/11 Table of Silence Project, a free, performance ritual for peace on the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center and seen via livestream across all fifty states and 102 countries.  
Buglisi Dance Theater's 2016 season is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.


[Photo (c) Kristin Lodoen Linder]

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