Juilliard Dance Presents NEW DANCES PLUS: EDITION 2013 Tonight

Juilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, presents New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013 from tonight, December 11-15, 2013featuring Juilliard alumna Pina Bausch's Wind von West (Wind from the West) performed by 4th-Year Dancers, plus three world premiere commissions created for each of the classes of Juilliard's Dance Division. This year's innovative choreographers are Juilliard alumnus Takehiro Ueyama (1st-Year Dancers); Brian Brooks (2nd-Year Dancers); and Juilliard alumnus Darrell Grand Moultrie (3rd-Year Dancers).

New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013 performances take place tonight, December 11; Thursday, December 12; Friday, December 13; and Saturday, December 14, all at 8 PM; and Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM.

Tickets at $30 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/newdances, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street). Senior/student and TDF tickets at $15 are available only at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/newdances.

Pina Bausch's Wind von West (Wind from the West) is set to Stravinsky's Cantata. It was created and performed in 1975 on a groundbreaking program that included Bausch's masterpiece, Das Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring). Lost to time, this haunting and poetic work will be revived by two schools where Pina Bausch developed as an artist - The Juilliard School and the Folkwangschule (now the Folkwang University of the Arts' Institute of Contemporary Dance) in Essen, Germany. This will be only the second time the work has been performed by a company outside of Pina Bausch's company; the Paris Opera Ballet performed the piece. The work honors the 40th anniversary of Bausch's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, and has been reconstructed by original Bausch dancers Mari DiLena, Jo Ann Endicott, and John Giffin. Performances by shared casts of dancers from each of these institutions will take place in Wuppertal, Germany this month and at Juilliard in New York in December on
New Dances PLUS.

The Pina Bausch project has been generously funded by Tanzfonds Erbe (Dance Heritage Fund), an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The fund is for artistic projects that promote the cultural heritage of dance in Germany. For more information on the Tanzfonds Erbe, please visit http://www.tanzfonds.de/en/erbe-info.

Stravinsky's Cantata will be performed live by Juilliard musicians: Stephanie Kwak and Jake Chabot (flutes); John Upton and James Riggs (oboes); and Madeline Fayette (cello), conducted by Yuga Cohler, with Juilliard singers Avery Amereau (Ricercar I); Miles Mykkanen (Ricercar II); Angela Vallone (Soprano I); Laura LeVoir (Soprano II); Kara Sainz (Alto I); and Kelsey Lauritano (Alto II). The work will be sung in English.

For his new work, Takehiro 'Take' Ueyama was inspired by Nakamura Kanzaburo, a star of Japan's Kabuki Theater who broke from tradition and brought that art form to younger generations and new audiences. Mr. Kanzaburo passed away a year ago. The work celebrates his life. Take choreographed his piece for 24 dancers in the 1st-year class. Take, a native of Japan, graduated from Juilliard and danced with the Paul Taylor Company for eight years. His dance company, TAKE Dance, blends Eastern and Western sensibilities to communicate the universal human condition. The company recently had a successful run at Symphony Space. In 2014, Take will create commissioned works for the Hartt School, Adelphi University, Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham (PS 21), New York, and ArcDanz in Mexico.

Brian Brooks' piece is entitled "Torrent" and is set to Vivaldi's Four Seasons (excerpts). The music guides the dancers in a dramatic urgency. The piece is fast and detailed and at the same time big and sweeping. Brian is working with 24 dancers in the 2nd-Year Class. Brian Brooks' dance company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, recently made its debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in their 2013 Next Wave Festival. His company has enjoyed two consecutive seasons at the Joyce Theater (2011, 2012) as part of the Gotham Dance Festival, in addition to touring throughout the United States, South Korea, and Germany. Brooks recently choreographed director Julie Taymor's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as the inaugural performance of Theatre for a New Audience's Brooklyn home. He is touring internationally with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan, performing his duet as part of her Restless Creature project.

Darrell Grand Moultrie's piece is entitled "Seeds of Endurance," and he is working with 27 dancers in the 3rd- year class. Darrell looks back on his days as a student and wants to share his experience as a professional with the students. His work is in three movements, and it speaks to the perseverance it takes to sustain a career. The work begins showcasing the current vitality and exuberance of the dancers (and Moultrie gradually and deliberately puts them through their paces) to start exploring the idea of what happens when you have to find a source within yourself in order to keep going. Darrell's upcoming projects include a collaboration with tap legend Savion Glover, choreographing alongside Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Hair, Porgy and Bess, Pippin) for the new musical Witness Uganda at the American Repertory Theater. He also was selected by Grammy Award-winning artist Beyoncé as one of the choreographers of her Mrs. Carter Show (World Tour).

Choreographers' Bios

Pina Bausch (1940-2009) was born in Solingen, Germany and died in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwangschule in Essen under Kurt Jooss. She continued her studies on a DAAD scholarship to the United States, studying with José Limón, Antony Tudor, and others at The Juilliard School. Soon after, the director of Wuppertal's theaters, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer. From fall 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition. Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honors worldwide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.

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