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Crystal Field, Exec Director TNC presents Osserman Dance Co.

Crystal Field, Exec Director TNC presents Osserman Dance Co.


Wendy Osserman Dance Company


Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets, NYC


Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 3:00pm


$20, students $10

Wendy Osserman Dance Company

Dancers: Emily Vetsch and Lauren Ferguson                                                    Photo: Steven Schreiber



at THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, March 28-30, 2014



THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents the Wendy Osserman Dance Company in the premiere of Vestigal, March 28-30. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday matinee at 3 pm at Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue, between 9th & 10th Streets, NYC. Admission: $20, students $10.  Reservations: 212-254-1109.


“Wendy Osserman--wiry, heartful, still dancing at the helm of a group of youngsters--is a direct link to great masters of American dance history: Martha Graham, José Limón, Louis Horst, Anna Sokolow–she has studied with them all and more.” (Eva Yaa Asantewaa)  In Vestigal Osserman uses the premise that the dancers have only now found themselves with human bodies. She likes thinking about movement in ways that circumvent the idea of style. Performers include Lauren Ferguson, Cori Kresge, Emily Vetsch and Wendy Osserman. This season celebrates Kresge’s tenth year working with Osserman. Kresge’s stunning technique is enhanced by her uncommon imagination. Live music will be performed by Skip La Plante. Co-founder of Music For Homemade Instruments, La Plante invents, composes, performs and teaches with musical instruments built from trash.  He has composed for over 100 modern dance and theater productions including collaborating with Joseph Chaiken and Sam Shepard on Tongues/Savage Love. Costumes are designed by Zuzka Kurtz who has collaborated with Osserman on many projects including theater and film by Kurtz.


Osserman’s work has been described as “utterly savory…as if Lou Reed had been a choreographer.” (ICI Montreal) “There is a kind of magic, a sense of being taken to a place you might never visit again” (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times) Last season TNC presented four performances of Appetite which traced the source, delight and conflict related to our acquisitiveness. Compromised, 2012 reflected on the polarization and extremism displayed on the political stage and in the bodies of the dancers. Typically, humor emerges from the seriousness of her investigations.


Osserman performed as a soloist with Kei Takei, Valerie Bettis, Alice Condodina, Frances Alenikoff and more recently with Rebecca Stenn and Company. The Wendy Osserman Dance Company has been presented in NYC since 1976 in venues such as Joyce SoHo, La Mama, DTW, Danspace Project, DanceNOW at Joes’s Pub, Symphony Space, TNC and Dixon Place. WODC has toured nationally and internationally, performing and teaching in colleges, schools, parks, and festivals. Choreographic commissions include Poem of Ecstasy to Scriabin’s 5th Symphony at Baryshnikov Arts Center and works created for ten annual John Lennon Tributes. Highlights include two evening-length works created in collaboration with Iva Bittova, celebrated Czech composer/singer (2008 & 2009), participating in The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute at the Beacon Theater (2010), and creating and performing site-specific scores at the Chelsea Art Museum (2006-2011). www.wendyossermandance.org  

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