Gabrielle Lamb/Pigeonwing Dance at Baruch Performing Arts Center
Gabrielle Lamb/Pigeonwing Dance
Baruch Performing Arts Center presents award-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb and her company Pigeonwing Dance in the premiere of an ensemble work that includes a new solo created for guest artist PeiJu Chien-Pott, a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. The program also includes Lamb’s "Tessellations" (2016), performed by the Joffrey Ensemble. The one-night-only performance, presented in association with the CUNY Dance Initiative, will take place on Friday, November 18, at 7pm, at Mason Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
Lamb’s new work explores the dynamics of groups under pressure. Drawing inspiration from historian and activist Rebecca Solnit’s writings on the disaster communities emerge after earthquakes and floods, as well as from the volcano imagery of Indian artist Soghra Khurasani, Lamb asks: How do we behave under extraordinary circumstances? Are we innately competitive or cooperative creatures, and in which of these directions are we evolving? The work will be performed by Lamb’s seven-member company, Pigeonwing Dance, with a virtuosic prelude performed by guest artist PeiJu Chien-Pott.
The program is completed by Lamb’s Tessellations, set to music by the Amestoy Trio and Cat Power, and performed by the Joffrey Ensemble. When Tessellations premiered earlier this year at New York Live Arts, it was described by Philip Gardner of Oberon’s Grove as “ironic, moving, and witty by turns…expressively danced by the Joffrey troupe.”
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