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NORTH ADAMS, MA: Jacob's Pillow and MASS MoCA co-present ZviDance

NORTH ADAMS, MA: Jacob's Pillow and MASS MoCA co-present ZviDance




87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA


Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00pm







March 21, 2016 (North Adams, MA) – Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present New York City-based contemporary dance company ZviDance in a work-in-progress showing of On The Road, April 23 at 8pm at the Hunter Center. On the Road, inspired by American beatnik Jack Kerouac's novel by the same title, is an evening-length, multimedia dance piece that contemplates the general upheaval of the 1960s and the Beat generation's startling notions of social rebellion. Co-presentations by Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA are made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance.

"We are so excited to be able to present ZviDance twice in the same year in two such different works," says Jacob's Pillow Managing Director Andrea Sholler. "The Mass MoCA evening will invite the audience into Zvi’s process as he creates his newest work On the Road; then in July, ZviDance’s week-long run at Jacob’s Pillow will showcase his acclaimed Escher/Bacon/Rothko, a finished, evening-length work. Both promise to maintain Zvi Gotheiner's signature innovative style and his fascinating melding of artistic mediums--in this case, dance and literature.”

"Zvi's On The Road is part of the secret sub-series we've had this season about the 1960s,” notes MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson. “Alloy Orchestra's scored Jimi Hendrix-Grateful Dead concert video, Mikael Jorgensen's Trimbin band performed a concert of music they composed for lost Fred Engleberg films, and now we wrap it up with Zvi choreographing for Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Our co presentations with Jacob's Pillow are often highlights of the season. We're looking forward to this one — a journey with the Beats."

Dubbed “as much sociologist as dance-maker” by Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times, Israeli-born ZviDance Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner is praised for creating “a sensual, organic world of movement, language, and images where one is pulled along by currents unseen and inevitable” (Naomi Abrahami, Dance Magazine). Founded in 1991, his company melds movement genres and design to create inter-disciplinary works dedicated to relationships and community in the modern age.

In On the Road, Gotheiner entwines the thrills of freedom, the sounds of jazz, and the perplexity of youthful American voices discovering their closeted and social selves. Set to an original score by frequent collaborator and composer Scott Killian, the soundscape is a commentary on Kerouac’s novel and an homage to the Beat poets. Couched in a mash-up of Beat Generation jazz and original dance music, the piece conveys a modern tone in utilizing the voices of young, urban contemporary spoken word artists. Along with the cast of eight dancers, the artistic team also includes ZviDance Resident Lightning Designer Mark London and Brooklyn-based Set/Visual Designer Josh Higgason.  

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