Lucy Guerin at Baryshnikov Arts Center
AUSTRALIAN CHOREOGRAPHER LUCY GUERIN
RETURNS TO NEW YORK WITH THE U.S. PREMIERE OF SPLIT
OCTOBER 11-13, 2018
New York, NY – Baryshnikov Arts Center presents the U.S. Premiere of choreographer Lucy Guerin’s Split, a duet that revels in the sharp, elegant choreographic investigations by one of Australia’s leading dance-makers. This presentation,Thursday through Saturday, October 11—13 at 7:30PM in the Jerome Robbins Theater (450 W. 37th Street, Manhattan), marks Guerin’s return to BAC, following the premiere of Corridor in 2009; her last New York season was in 2012.
In a departure from her most recent creations involving large groups of dancers, Guerin’s Split is an intimate, demanding work for two female performers who negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time, reflecting the challenges presented by a world of increased pressure and reduced resources. The work shifts between two bodies, one clothed and one naked—which serves to disrupt harmony between the dancers and create a split in their identities. Set to a driving musical score by UK composer Scanner, Split is a “ruminative, poignant and provocative” (The Australian) structural meditation rendered in movement and delivered by one of Australia’s most expressive dance companies.
Split is performed by dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, with lighting design by Paul Lim, costumes by Harriet Oxley, and sound design by Robin Fox. The work received a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Dancer (Lilian Steiner), four 2018 Green Room Awards, and numerous other award nominations.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or by phone at bacnyc.org / 866-811-4111. The running time is 50 minutes.
Lucy Guerin Inc’s tour of Split to 17 cities across the world in 2018 is made possible with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment. Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
ABOUT BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER (BAC)
BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov to build an arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and performance space for artists from around the world. BAC’s activities encompass a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices.
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