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Lydia Johnson Dance


The Peridance In-House Theater at Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)


Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 7:30pm


Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis For information call 212-877-3399

Lydia Johnson Dance

Dancers: Jessica Sand, Lisa Iannacito, Laura DiOrio, Eric Vlachy, Robert Robinson, James Hernandez, Or Sagi
                 "The dances presented by Lydia Johnson and her company stood out
                  for their simplicity and quiet depth of abstracted feeling...She is on to
                  something and that something is entirely  her own." 
                                                                          Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
                  "Lydia Johnson became overnight one of my favorite
                  contemporary choreographers....one of the most moving
                  dance experiences in the last decade."
                                                                                      Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove
Lydia Johnson, a choreographer hailed for her originality and sophisticated musicality, will present her company, Lydia Johnson Dance, in a preview of a new work set to music by Philip Glass as well her Untitled, 2010,  to music by JS Bach, Sunday January 23, 7:30, at the Peridance In-House Theater, 126 East 13th Street. 
The program will preview a new quartet set to Philip Glass's Piano Etudes and Poems for Solo Cello, which, like many of Lydia Johnson's works, is primarily abstract yet rings with emotional resonance.    The piece sprang from the choreographer's recent stay at a rural summer cottage in Maine, an experience that evoked memories of childhood summers in rented homes in New England.   Set in the interior of a summer house, the dance fuses the present with memories of relationships past.  
The showing will also include a performance of  Untitled, 2010, to Solo Violin Partitas and Sonatas of JS Bach, created in 2010 for the Company's 10th Anniversary Season.   Inspired simply by the intense beauty of the music, the piece unfolds through its three sections with a series of patterns and relationships - a pas de deux for a man and a woman, and a duet for two men emerge as central passages in this complex, layered work.
                 "In dance that challenges the mind as well as the heart,
                 Lydia Johnson often isolates and reworks components of
                 classical ballet technique to create a sense of life flowing
                 unhurriedly over mysterious human stories."
                                                                   Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

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