The Window: Visions and Ordinary Rituals: An Exciting Premiere by Beth Soll & Company May 5th and 6th
On Saturday, May 5 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, May 6 at 3 pm, Dance Projects, Inc. will present Beth Soll & Company in an evening of music and dance choreographed and directed by Beth Soll.
Performances will take place at the Martha Graham Studio Theater at 55 Bethune Street in NYC. Tickets for these performances are $18 (general), $15 (seniors 65+), and children (5-10) $5. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets or at the door (cash only). Reservations can be also be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information at email@example.com, bethsollandcompany.org, or at 212-927-0476.
The company will perform the premiere performance of the full-length dance, The Window: Visions and Ordinary Rituals, a work that exemplifies the enigmatic, thought- provoking, and uniquely inventive work of choreographer Beth Soll. Also on the program is Ms. Solls solo, Dance for Ina (2017), which was created in honor of Ina Hahn, with whom Soll danced in the 1970s. Ms. Hahn danced with Doris Humphrey and also worked on Broadway with noted choreographers Michael Kidd, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, and Helen Tamiris.
The Window: Visions and Ordinary Rituals, with music by New York composers Carolyn Lord and Dewey Emadoo, was inspired by the current interest in meditation practices and by rituals in both everyday life and more official contexts. Within the dance, visions of peaceful, meditative movement interludes are juxtaposed with unofficial and sometimes athletic, secular rituals with descriptive titles, such as: The Ritual of Showing-Off, Fashion Meditation, Community Ritual, and The Ritual of Competition and War. Also integrated into the piece are the visionary, serene dances: Sorrow Meditation, The Window, and Walking Medication. Inserted between two of the dances will be a recounting of the fairy tale The Scarlet Flower, a Russian version of Beauty and the Beast, a story about a flower that symbolizes the deep truth of spirituality. Dancing in the concert with Beth Soll are Karesia Batan, Bridget Cronin, Kristen Hedberg, Michelle Micca, Emma Pressman, and Lea Torelli.
Dewey Emadoo has been drumming for over 20 years. He composed and performed music for Elizabeth Disharoons Retreat and Beth Solls Adventure in Janet Aisawas 2012 event entitled Generations. In 2015, he participated in Beth Soll and Janet Aisawa's Spring Together with his music for Janet Aisawas Dancing in Circles. In 2016, he composed and recorded music for Janet Aisawas multi-media performance Them.
James Kolditz is a freelance lighting designer based out of New York. Recent lighting design work includes Cruel Intentions: The Musical (Sucker Love Productions), On the Town (NYU), Loving Repeating (NYU), Queensboro Dance Festival (Secret Theatre), The Altar Boyz, A New Brain, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique), and Carousel (Timber Lake Playhouse). James also frequently lights concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge. James is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in Directing. www.jameskolditz.com
Carolyn Lord is a composer and a choreographer. Her choreography includes over sixty works created for her dance company, Carolyn Lord and Dancers. Her music works have been performed at Greenwich House Music School, Mannes College of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Merkin Concert Hall, and in other New York City venues and in Belgium. She has composed scores for choreographers Bryan Hayes, Sally Silvers, Beth Soll, Ariane Anthony, and Jeffrey Bauer. She is currently the Executive Director of The Construction Company.
Beth Soll directed her own company in Boston from 1977-1997 and in California from 1997-2000. With her company, she has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and has worked with dance companies in the Midwest and with Dance Collective, the Ina Hahn Company, and the Harvard Dance Center companies in Boston. She has collaborated with many choreographers, including Janet Aisawa, Bill Evans, Ina Hahn, Dawn Kramer, Rosalind Newman, Wendy Perron, and Mel Wong. In 2016 and 2017, she was invited to Romania and Germany to choreograph and present two dances in honor of her childhood dance teacher, Iris Barbura, a renowned avant-garde Romanian choreographer, whose career spanned the years between the two world wars.
Ms. Solls goal is to choreograph dances that evoke feelings, offer insights, and present the viewer with the familiar seen in a new light. Her choreography has been supported by seven Choreography Fellowships and numerous Dance Company Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, many grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and other state and civic agencies, and funding from many private foundations and corporations, such as Jacobs Pillow, the LEF Foundation, the Bank of Boston, the Polaroid Foundation, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Ms. Soll, who has a Ph.D. in Dance from the University Professors Program at Boston University, has been on the dance faculties of the University of Wisconsin, Boston University, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where she directed the dance program for 20 years), UC Santa Barbara, Hofstra University, The New School, and numerous private organizations. She is currently performing and choreographing in New York City and is an adjunct faculty member in Dance at Manhattanville College and teaches at the American Language Institute NYU. Soll's book, Will Modern Dance Survive? Lessons to be Learned from the Pioneers and Unsung Visionaries of Modern Dance, was published in 2002.
the workleaves one with the feeling of having passed through an interesting, troubling and genuinely significant experience its a mystery, but somehow a meaningful mystery The Washington Post.
Martha Graham Studio Theater (View)
55 Bethune Street 11th Floor
New York, NY 10014
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|