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Tina Croll & Company at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival
92ND STREET Y HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL/TINA CROLL & COMPANY
The premiere of One Rhinoceros, Three Birds and a Pineapple and the company’s critically acclaimed Balkan Dreams will be among five works presented by Tina Croll & Company at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Buttenwieser Hall, Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20.
A pioneer in the New York dance community, Tina Croll is a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop and co-founder of From the Horse’s Mouth, the ongoing celebratory dance/theater production. Tina Croll & Company is a 2015/2016 Harkness Dance Center Artist-in-Residence, and the three evening performances at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival will complement that residency.
Five Tina Croll & Company original works from past and present will be presented at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, with a cast of more than 15 dancers.
· One Rhinoceros, 3 Birds and a Pineapple (premiere)
In her latest work for six female dancers, Croll rejects a linear narrative in favor of a more kaleidoscopic vision. Solos and duets are intermingled with a chorus swirling through in geometric patterns—sometimes causing havoc.
· Balkan Dreams II, (2007 – five sections/Balkin Dreams) Originally an evening length collaboration with Zlatne Uste, a twelve-piece Balkan Brass Band, this piece explores the variety of rhythms and moods found in the traditional music of Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Rumania. There will be live music by Zlatne Uste on opening night.
· She Rides a Tiger (2012), for six women to music by Arvo Part. This piece is part of a series of dances on the theme “Sanghe Shakti Kalau Yuge.” (In this Dark Age Strength is in Unity).
· Walkabout – (1995), a male/female duet to music by John Cage. The piece is an exploration of complex rhythms, with choreography that is light, athletic and playful.
· The Stamping Ground – (2008), for 16 dancers, an investigation of group energy in movement and space using large groups. The work combines the choreographer’s ongoing interest in Eastern European/Asian folk dance forms. An array of ancient folk dances for women are danced in sublime unison.
The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Feb 11-Mar 20, presents over five weeks the innovators and history-makers of contemporary dance. The 92Y Harkness Dance Festival is dedicated to the late Theodore S. Bartwink, long-time Executive Director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance.
The 92Y Artist-in-Residence Program is a partnership designed to support established artists and companies in their creative process while exposing the 92Y Harkness Dance Center patrons and students to the highest quality of dance artistry in New York City.
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