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On April 21, 22, and 23 the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, will present the Purchase Dance Company in a diverse program dedicated to the memory Trisha Brown, a pioneer of postmodern dance, who influenced generations of creators.
Members of the Purchase Dance Company are selected from the college's highly competitive Conservatory of Dance BFA program, which, according to the New York Times is “one of the country’s most highly regarded dance conservatories.” The dancers will perform Trisha Brown’s landmark work Glacial Decoy (1979), and the program will be enhanced with recreated visuals, designed by Purchase College visual arts students, of the Robert Rauschenberg designs that accompanied the original production.
The Company has the advantage of working closely with some of today’s most groundbreaking choreographers. The spring concert will present the premieres of alumna Sidra Bell’s
h u m a n h e r o e s (2017) and Nejla Yatkin’s Cotillion B, along with a restaging of Stuart Loungway’s innovative point work Stagioni (2013).
“We can think of no better way to honor the legacy of Trisha Brown than to give our tremendously talented students the opportunity to perform her work and stretch themselves as dancers. Our students’ training and exposure to classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge choreography uniquely prepares them for successful careers with a wide-range of companies,” said Nelly van Bommel, Director of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.
Performances will take place at the Pepsico Theatre at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. A special pre-event discussion featuring several of the artists will take place on April 21 at 7:15 p.m. Darrah Carr, a visiting assistant professor of dance, will moderate.
Tickets are $20. Discounted tickets are available for seniors and the campus community. Purchase tickets by calling (914) 251-6200, in person at the box office, or by visiting www.artscenter.org.
About the Works
Sidra Bell: h u m a n h e r o e s
This ballet is an extension of Bell’s continued research into the intersection of culture, design, generational discord, and identity politics.
Nejla Yatkin: Cotillion B
Yatken’s new work is inspired by the history and evolution of a social dance popular in 18th century Europe and America and the possibility of creating a social dance for modern times.
Trisha Brown: Glacial Decoy
Originally commissioned by the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, this landmark work relies on sudden and unexpected shifts of phrase. More than a nostalgic piece, the work is an important indicator of Brown’s large scale, theatrically complex work that would follow as she crystallized her personal choreographic language.
Stuart Loungway: Stagioni
A playfully, romantic neo-classical dance deconstruction using both classical and contemporary dance vocabulary, this high-octane work is set to a recent compositional reworking by Max Richter of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
About The Conservatory of Dance and Purchase College, SUNY
The Conservatory of Dance in the School of the Arts at Purchase College is one of only a handful of programs in the world where dancers can learn what it means to be a dance professional. The BFA program features rigorous training in classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance, a faculty of renowned professionals, and proximity to New York City dance companies and choreographers. Purchase boasts an award-winning dance building and opportunities to perform in the world-renowned Performing Arts Center.
Purchase alumni perform with many of the foremost contemporary modern and ballet dance companies in the world. They also teach, direct, choreograph major productions, and have founded their own companies all around the globe.
About Purchase College–SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College–SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu
$20, discounts for seniors and campus community
Purchase College, SUNY, School of the Arts, Conservatory of Dance
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