JUILLIARD DANCES REPERTORY to Feature Works by Lar Lubovitch, Twyla Tharp & More Next Month
In March 2014, Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Eliot Feld, Juilliard alumnus Lar Lubovitch, and Twyla Tharp. Juilliard dancers perform Concerto Six Twenty-Two by Lar Lubovitch; Baker's Dozen by Twyla Tharp; and The Jig is Up by Eliot Feld. All three dances were choreographed between 1979 and 1986, and Juilliard dancers will have the opportunity to learn the dances through intensive work with two of the choreographers - Eliot Feld and Lar Lubovitch - and with Shelley Washington, an original member of the cast of Twyla Tharp's work.
Concerto Six Twenty-Two (1986) is one of Lar Lubovitch's most celebrated dances. It plays between the beautiful Mozart score and Lubovitch's own spirited sense of lyricism. The centerpiece of the dance is the male duet, which on its own has become one of Lubovitch's major achievements. The work is set to Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622. The work was commissioned by Centre national de danse (Angers, France) and had its premiere in 1986. The music will be performed live by the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Karina Canellakis; the clarinet soloist will be selected by a competition and announced on February 23.
Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen (1979) was created for the Hollywood production of Hair, but was not included in the final edit. "I was thinking a lot about economy [after filming]. Nothing should be squandered or disregarded," Tharp recounts in Confessions of a Cornermaker (1981). Rather than leaving it on the cutting room floor, Tharp repurposed the movement and set it to compositions by Willie "The Lion" Smith. "As in nature, all things would be recycled and would accrue." Baker's Dozen embodies this sense of economy and integration, which is closely tied to Tharp's Indiana Quaker roots. The movement expresses harmony, playfulness, and easy virtuosity. The structure of the work is based on multiples of twelve: six duets, four trios, three quartets, two sextets, and finally twelve solos - reinforcing the Quaker values of the individual's importance to the community. Twyla Tharp's company premiered the work on February 15, 1979. The music will be performed live by Juilliard Jazz alumnus, pianist Christopher Ziemba.
Eliot Feld's The Jig Is Up (1984), set to Irish and Scottish folk tunes, is a virtuosic and playful abstraction of folk dances. The ballet, in eight sections, has rousing group sections and more intimate solos and duets. Costume design is by Willa Kim; and lighting design is by Allen Lee Hughes. The music featured is by The Bothy Band with Archibald McDonald, and John Cunningham. The work had its premiere on April 10, 1984 by the Feld Ballet.
Juilliard Dances Repertory performances take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8 PM; Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 PM; Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 PM; Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8 PM; and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Tickets are $30; $15 for seniors/students, and will be available on February 21 online at www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep, through CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep.