LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE at Ailey Citigroup Theater
LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE
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LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE
Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55 Street
"Johnson is a craftsman and a poet."
The New Yorker, June 2017
Choreographer Lydia Johnson will present her Lydia Johnson Dance in a program of new and repertory works to music by contemporary masters Henryk Gorecki and Philip Glass, as well as the trio sonatas of Handel. The season's premiere will be a group work for the Company's eight resident dancers joined by four apprentices, and set to music by one of the choreographer's favorite composers, Henryk Gorecki.
Music is the inspiration for Johnson's choreography. Her unique vocabulary, which stems from a ballet base, inspired Jennifer Dunning to pronounce her "a true original." (The New York Times)
In 2017 Philip Gardner concurred in Oberon's Grove: "Among current choreographers, Lydia's work bristles and blooms with a poignant sense of humanity. There's nary a trace of theatricality in her dances; rather, she uses the music as a canvas on which emotions - both the deep and the subtle - are painted. Expressions of tenderness (so lacking in our lives today), hope, remorse, uncertainty, and the frailty of the human heart well up on the music, sometimes unexpectedly."
Mary Cargill found that "Like all her dances, one view is not really enough to absorb the subtle musical nuances and underlying dramatic grace notes." (danceviewtimes.com)
Katie and Danny in "This and my heart beside..." Photo by Nir Arieli.
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