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October 05, 2016

White Light Festival 2016 Dance

White Light Festival

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WHITE LIGHT FESTIVAL 2016 DANCE

 

NEW YORK, NY (October 5, 2016) White Light Festival 2016 features performances by Mark Morris Dance Group, Liz Gerring Dance Company, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s full-evening work Babel(words).  A special focus of this seventh edition of the White Light Festival is Sounds of India, curated by Mark Morris. Sounds of India casts its gaze on artistic expression originating in and inspired by South India and will shed light on the universal nature of India’s artistic heritage and dynamism in performances by classical dance and music artists including Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe and Nritygram Dance Ensemble. In addition, Mark Morris Dance Group will perform revivals of two India-inspired solos from early in Morris’ career remade on members of the company, a humorous duet set to a lively Tamil film score, and the world premiere of Pure Dance Items set to music of Terry Riley.  Details about White Light Festival dance presentations follow.

 

Tickets are available online at WhiteLightFestival.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices (Broadway and 65th Street). Film screenings are FREE, but reservations are required.

 

Programs, artists, repertoire, and ticket prices are subject to change.

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Pre-performance discussion on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:15 pm with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jane Moss

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Babel(words)

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreography

Damien Jalet, choreography

Antony Gormley, visual design

Dancers: Benfury, Christine Leboutte, Darryl E. Woods, Kazutomi “Tsuki” Kozuki, Helder Seabra, Paea Leach, Francis Ducharme, Damien Fournier, Navala “Niku” Chaudhari, Sandra Delgadillo Porcel, Ulrika Kinn Svensson, Aimilios Arapoglou, Sang-Hun Lee

Musicians: Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan, Patrizia Bovi, Gabriele Miracle, Kazunari Abe

 

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who brought his Sutra to the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010, returns with Babel(words), a dance performance that explores nationhood, identity, and cross-cultural communication. Based on the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, this work, co-choreographed with Damien Jalet, features giant, three-dimensional frames by sculptor Antony Gormley that become an apartment block, a tower, a prison, and a city in turn. Through dance, multilingual chatter, and an explosive score, this exceptionally apt modern retelling explores pluralism, isolation, and obstacles to communication that have led us to a deepening fragmentation in our modern world. Babel(words) premiered April 27, 2010 at La Monnaie in Brussels and won Best New Dance Production and Outstanding Achievement in Dance for Set Design at the 2011 Olivier Awards.

 

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Pre-concert lecture by Lakshmi Vishwanathan on Friday, October 28 at 6:15 pm

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

Dussasana Vadhom (“The Killing of Dussasana”) from the Mahabharata

 

A troupe of performers from Kerala Kalamandalam, a premier performing arts institution in southern India, presents the mythic dance-drama of Kathakali, an art form based on ancient ritual folk dances in the state of Kerala, practiced in its current form since the 17th century. Kathakali dancers often spend a decade of intensive martial arts training preparing for their roles. Utilizing elaborate costumes, colorful makeup, refined gestures, ornate singing, and accompanying percussion, this all-male troupe will bring to life a mythological tale from a Hindu epic.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Pre-performance discussion with Mark Morris on Saturday, November 5 at 6:15 pm

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, choreographer

MMDG Music Ensemble

O Rangasayee

Serenade

The “Tamil Film Songs in Stereo” Pas de Deux

Pure Dance Items (World premiere)

 

Choreographer Mark Morris has spent decades traveling to southern India, attending annual festivals, concerts, and dance performances. This specially curated program for the Mark Morris Dance Group reprises two India-inspired Morris solos, O Rangasayee (1984) and Serenade (2003), performed for the first time by members of his company, as well as a humorous 1983 duet set to a lively Tamil film score—one of the rare Morris creations using prerecorded music. The program culminates in the World premiere of Pure Dance Items set to live music composed by Terry Riley, and choreographed for a small ensemble.

 

O Rangasayee premiered March 15, 1984, at Dansechange Montreal; Serenade premiered March 8, 2003, at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. The “Tamil Film Songs in Stereo” Pas de Deux premiered December 15, 1983, at Dance Theater Workshop, Bessie Schönberg Theatre, New York, and was broadcast on PBS in 1986.

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th Street

Post-performance artist discussion on Wednesday, November 2

White Light Lounges follow each performance

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Surupa Sen, choreographer

Nrityagram Music Ensemble

Sriyah:

Sankirtanam

Panchtaal Pallavi

Lalita Lavanga

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Aali

Sridevi

 

In a village devoted to dance in southern India, Nrityagram dancers complement their intensive training with the study of literature, Sanskrit, yoga, meditation, and martial arts. The result is an all-female troupe expertly channeling the powerful imagery, compelling physicality, and emotional honesty of Odissi dance, a classical Indian form dating back 2,000 years. Odissi dancers create the illusion of temple sculpture coming to life through balancing weight on one foot and using isolated, curved torso movements, forming an eternal “S” pattern with the body in space.

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 W. 37th Street

White Light Lounge follows the performances on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12

(T)here to (T)here (World premiere)

Liz Gerring Dance Company

Liz Gerring, choreographer

In collaboration with Kay Rosen

Michael J. Schumacher, composer

Amith Chandrashaker, lighting design

Joshua Higgason, video set design

Dancers: Brandon Collwes, Joseph Giordano, Pierre Guilbault, Julia Jurgilewicz, Claire Westby

 

Co-presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and Baryshnikov Arts Center

 

New York-based choreographer Liz Gerring developed (T)here to (T)here in collaboration with visual artist Kay Rosen. Using projected text to create a visual space of words and color, (T)here to (T)here follows a central couple whose solos come together and move apart, mirroring the cyclical nature of relationships. Featuring an original score by frequent Gerring collaborator Michael J. Schumacher, this intimate performance allows the audience to experience the dancers as individuals with unique, yet universal, human experiences. This work has been in development since 2014 and receives its world premiere at the 2016 White Light Festival.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Babel(words)

October 26, 27

Since his choreographic debut in 1999, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has made more than 20 fully fledged choreographic pieces and won many prestigious awards. In 2010, with the founding of his company Eastman (in residence at deSingel International Artcampus) in Antwerp, Cherkaoui began a new phase in his trajectory, marked by the multiple-award-winning Babel(words), co-choreographed with Damien Jalet and designed by Antony Gormley. Cherkaoui is associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, London, guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company, and dance director of Festival Equilibrio in Rome. He assumed the role of artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2015. Learn more at East-Man.be.

 

Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian freelance choreographer and performer. Since 2000 he’s been working as a regular collaborator of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui within Les ballets C. de la B., Toneelhuis, and Eastman. In 2002 Jalet and Cherkaoui created d’avant, together with Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Jalet and Cherkaoui  created Babel(words), which won two Olivier Awards in 2011 and a Prix Benois de la Danse for best choreography at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. In addition, Jalet regularly works with Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir. He created a solo segment in Desh for Akram Khan, which was featured at the White Light Festival in 2013. Visit DamienJalet.com.

 

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. Gormley's work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.K. and internationally. Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year's Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Learn more at AntonyGormley.com.

 

Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

October 28, 30

Kerala Kalamandalam is the premier public institution for the preservation and promotion of the Indian state of Kerala’s traditional performing arts. Since its founding in 1930, it has been a thriving cultural center for artists, art scholars, historians, theater directors, and choreographers. Troupes from Kerala Kalamandalam have travelled widely in India and abroad for programs, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops. Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe has represented India in many international dance and theater festivals, including the 2011 maximum INDIA festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more at Kalamandalam.org.

 

Mark Morris Dance Group

October 29, November 3, 5

Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. Over the years he has had several productions presented at the White Light and Mostly Mozart Festivals, starting with L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato in 2002, and most recently Acis and Galatea in 2014. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also an acclaimed ballet choreographer, with 20 works commissioned by ballet companies worldwide. Morris also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. Learn more at MarkMorrisDanceGroup.org.

 

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma). The company has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Visit MarkMorrisDanceGroup.org.

 

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

November 2, 4

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Nrityagram Dance Village’s repertory company, is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India, performing all over the world, including an annual tour to the United States. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, the Ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the 21st century. Supported by grants from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and more recently from the Joyce Theater, New York, Nrityagram’s dancers not only explore creative expansions of tradition but are also able to commission new compositions from leading Indian classical musicians. Learn more at Nrityagram.org.

 

The Nrityagram Dance Village is located outside Bangalore, India. It was founded in 1990 by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri, who converted ten acres of farmland into a setting for the study, practice, and teaching of dance. Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted not only technique but also a philosophy for living, the village is a creative space where dancers, musicians, and choreographers live together, sharing their skills and developing their art. To enrich their practice, dancers are also taught yoga and martial arts along with Sanskrit and classical literature.

 

(T)here to There

November 10, 11, 12

Since its inception in NYC in 1998, the Liz Gerring Dance Company has been exploring non-narrative, abstract movement, often derived from natural gesture. The company is noted for its close collaborations with contemporary visual artists and a longtime association with electronic music composer Michael J. Schumacher. The company currently numbers eight dancers, and regularly presents performances in venues throughout New York City and beyond. Learn more at LizGerringDance.org/Company.

 

Choreographer Liz Gerring was born in San Francisco in 1965. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and began studying dance at age 13. In 1987 she received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. She has been working as a choreographer in New York since 1993. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four-hour movement installation. Since then, the Liz Gerring Dance Company has presented work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, the Connelly Theater, The Kitchen, Engine 27, and other venues. Learn more at LizGerringDance.org/Company/Choreographer.

 

Visual artist Kay Rosen uses language as her primary material and subject, creating text-based works that explore the ways language can be represented visually. Rosen's work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions and projects at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the MIT List Visual Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand. She has been included in group exhibitions such as Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at the Museum of Modern Art (2012) and the 2000 Whitney Biennial. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Norton Family Collection. Learn more at KayRosen.com.

 

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer, performer, and installation artist based in Brooklyn. In addition to his long-term collaboration with Liz Gerring, he has worked with choreographer Sally Silvers, poet Bruce Andrews, musicians Oren Ambarchi, Kaffe Matthews, Donald Miller of Borbetomagus, Phill Niblock, and Ed Tomney of the indie band Necessaries, conceptual artists Luke Dubois and Elana Herzog, architect Victoria Meyers, video artist Ursula Scherrer, filmmaker Ken Jacobs, and many others. His most recent project is the rock band diNMachine. Visit MichaelJSchumacher.com.

 

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The White Light Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program,  David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Legends at Lincoln Center: The Performing Arts Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award?winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org.

 

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375

 

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Babel(words) is made possible in part by endowment support from the American Express Cultural Preservation Fund

 

The White Light Festival presentation of the Sounds of India is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance 

 

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

 

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

 

American Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

 

Nespresso is the Official Coffee of Lincoln Center

 

New York-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

 

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