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BAC Announces Spring 2014 BAC Presents Lineup

BAC Announces Spring 2014 BAC Presents Lineup

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) has announced the dance presentations featured on the Spring 2014 BAC Presents performance series. The three presentations in March, April, and May are U.S. and New York Premieres of new works by international dance artists, reflecting BAC's mission to present and support innovative, contemporary choreographers and dancers from around the world.

First, direct from Spain is Rocío Molina, a leading innovator of contemporary flamenco, presented by BAC in partnership with Flamenco Festival New York. Ms. Molina's Afectos(U.S. Premiere), a collaboration with acclaimed flamenco singer Rosario "La Tremendita," weaves movement and music together in a series of intimate, emotive vignettes. Rocío Molina and Rosario "La Tremendita" will perform on March 20-22 at 8PM in the Jerome Robbins Theater. Having previously hosted a workshop led by Ms. Molina in 2010, and curated her 2013 appearance at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, BAC is delighted to now present the flamenco star in conjunction with the celebrated New York festival.

In April, BAC presents another group of international artists who have previously received support from BAC. New York-based Israeli choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari, co-artistic directors of LeeSaar The Company, were Spring 2013 BAC Resident Artists, developing a new work rooted in Gaga technique in collaboration with their diverse group of dancers. Princess Crocodile, which began as a creative idea in BAC's studios, will now have its New York Premiere on the stage of BAC's Howard Gilman Performance Space on April 10-11 at 7:30PM. The company will have a second, weeklong technical residency at BAC this month to prepare for the April performances. LeeSaar The Company is among the growing roster of artists who have developed works in residence at BAC, and later performed on BAC's own stages.

For the season's last dance presentation, BAC welcomes to the stage of the Jerome Robbins Theater two acclaimed dancers from Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, regarded worldwide as one of India's foremost dance companies. Nrityagram's Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy will perform the U.S. Premiere of Songs of Love and Longing on May 1-2 at 8PM in the Jerome Robbins Theater. Set to an original score composed by the late Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, with live accompaniment by an ensemble of Indian classical musicians, these expressive dancers create vivid imagery through movements in Odissi, one of India's classical dance forms.

In addition to the spring BAC Presents series-which also features theater and music presentations-this season BAC's Artist Residency Program will provide time and space to nine dance, theater, and multimedia artists for creative investigation. Support for each resident artist includes up to three weeks in one of BAC's studios or theaters, honoraria, technical and administrative services, and work-in-progress showings. Artists who have already completed residencies this spring are Jean Butler (January 13 - 31) and Hana S. Kim (January 20 - 26). Current and upcoming residencies include Kaneza Schaal (January 6 - February 8), LeeSaar The Company (February 15 - 20), Qui Nguyen, Liesl Tommy, and Shane Rettig (March 17 - 21), Daniel Fish (April 7 - 25), Camille A. Brown (April 14 - 25), Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh (April 28 - May 10), and Carmen de Lavallade (June 2 - 13).


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