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Purchase Dance Company's New York City Season

Purchase Dance Company's New York City Season


Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:55pm

May 22-25 at New York Live Arts


Purchase Dance Company Presents New York City Season

May 22–25, 2013, at New York Live Arts


Updated: May 10, 2013 – Purchase Dance Company is pleased to present its first full New York City season at New York Live Arts, May 22–25, 2013. The Company will perform works by nine choreographers, including Bill T. Jones’s Spent Days Out Yonder (2000), George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie (1967), and new works created specifically for the Company by Ori Flomin, Loni Landon, and Claire Porter. In addition, each evening will feature a graduating senior dancing a solo work by choreographers Kyle Abraham (May 22), Stephen Petronio (May 23), Andrea Miller (May 24), and Sarah Mettin (May 25). 


The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College’s School of the Arts is one of the world’s premier professional training programs. Members of the Purchase Dance Company are selected from the BFA program each year and represent some of the most promising performers of the next generation of dance artists. “I am excited to give nearly ninety of our tremendously talented students, especially our graduating seniors, an opportunity to perform works by diverse and exceptional artists at one of New York City’s most recognized performance venues, New York Live Arts,” says Wallie Wolfgruber, Artistic Director, Purchase Dance Company.


The program includes Bill T. Jones’s Spent Days Out Yonder, a pure musical exploration set to the second movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major. Firmly rooted in Jones’s elegant, weighted movement vocabulary, the work challenges dancers to move with ease and physical honesty through the sublime score. The company will also perform Balanchine’s acclaimed Valse-Fantaisie, set to a score of the same name by Mikhail Glinka. With a cast of 26 dancers, Ori Flomin’s dance (in)Visible plays with the relationship of the individual to the larger group and explores ideas of perspective, proportion, distance, and symmetry. The work’s original sound score is by composers Pierre de Gaillande and Gary Greenblatt. Created on seven dancers, Loni Landons The Thought of You Is Fading uses an abstract theme of memory and nostalgia as the point of departure. Claire Porter’s work Out of the Question uses language, movement, and humor to explore what it is to question something and what it is to answer. Music is by accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek. The four solo works include: Kyle Abraham’s Untitled Surrender on May 22, Stephen Petronio’s Science of the Mind and Secret Bye Bye (excerpts from The Island of Misfit Toys) on May 23, Andrea Miller’s In Medias Res on May 24, and Sarah Mettin’s In a Roofless Room on May 25.


Performances will take place Wednesday to Saturday, May 22–-25, at 7:30pm. Tickets are 5 in advance, 0 on day of performance, 0 for seniors and students. All performances are general seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-924-0077 or online at www.newyorklivearts.org. Box office hours: Monday–Friday, 1–9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12–8pm. The Theater at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York City.


About Purchase Dance Company

The Purchase Dance Company is the performing company of the Conservatory of Dance. The Company represents a standard of excellence and a diversity of work ranging from reconstructions to contemporary modern and classical ballet repertory to new works created especially for the Purchase Dance Company.


Repertory for the Purchase Dance Company’s major concerts and tours has included George Balanchine’s Serenade, Valse-Fantaisie, The Four Temperaments, and Tarantella; Merce Cunningham’s Changing Steps, Duets, and Septet; Doris Humphrey’s The Shakers and Passacaglia; Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom, Le Sacre du Printemps, Junction, and Company B; Mark Morris’ Gloria, A Lake, and Grand Duo; Lar Lubovitch's Dvorak Serenade; Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields; Stephen Petronio's Lareigne; Kenneth MacMillan’s Pas de Deux from Concerto; Cynthia Gregory’s Solo; Lester Horton’s Beloved; Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters and Spent Days Out Yonder; Dianne McIntyre’s Lyric Fire; Doug Varone’s Strict Love, Possession, and Rise; Jessica Lang's Prayers; Lin Hwai Min’s Crossing the Black Water; and the annual Nutcracker production with guest choreography by Nicolo Fonte and John Heginbotham; as well as work created for the Purchase Dance Company by Luca Veggetti, Shen Wei, Stanton Welch, Lauri Stallings, Helen Pickett, Pam Tanowitz, and Robert Hill, and by guest artists, emerging choreographers, alumni, and faculty. Recent faculty choreographers include Bettijane Sills, Nelly von Bommel, and Wallie Wolfgruber.

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