Tom Gold Dance To Premiere OASIS And SERVED At John Jay College
Tom Gold Dance presents its sixth annual New York City season, Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a program of three works from Tom Gold Dance Founder and Director Tom Gold, including the Company premieres of Gold's Oasis and Served.
Scheduled to perform are dancers Daniel Applebaum, Thomas Garrett, Zachary Guthier, Morgan McEwen, Courtney Nitting, Allynne Noelle, Meaghan Dutton O'hara, Kristen Segin, Mary Elizabeth Sell, James Shee, Evan Swenson; and pianist Xak Bjerken.
In 2017, Tom Gold Dance is a City University of New York Dance Initiative (CDI) resident artist, a collaboration that will allow the Company to rehearse and offer additional public activities at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.
Oasis was commissioned by the St. Louis Ballet as part of its October 8, 2016 Vision: Where Ballet and Fashion Meet program at The Touhill Performing Arts Center pairing three choreographers with three emerging fashion designers. Set to John Zorn's "Lucifer" from the Book of Angels, Oasis explores the composer's exotic and jazz-infused constructions through an imagined group meeting at a desert retreat. Oasis completes Gold's Zorn trilogy, following Shanti (2003) and La Plage (2013).
Gold began to develop Served in July 2016 as a participant in the 13th annual National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) in Irvine, California. While watching a tennis match on television, Gold observed similarities to ballet, not only in the sport's raw physicality and intensity, but also its rhythm, balance, technical discipline, and virtuosity. Set to Schubert's demanding Wanderer Fantasy, Served explores these qualities through the articulated steps of a "dancers' club." Allynne Noelle, Zachary Guthier, and Evan Sweson who appeared in Served at the NCI's culminating public workshop presentation at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, July 30, 2016, will reprise their roles in the Company Premiere at the Lynch. Served will be performed to live accompaniment.
Details about a third work, a World Premiere duet to Steve Reich's New York City Counterpoint, will follow.
"We can't wait to return to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater for our annual New York City season," says Gold. "These works will demonstrate the wide range of traditional classical dancing across multiple and contrasting musical styles in our trademark mix of sophistication and fun. I am especially excited to introduce some of the original dancers from Served to New York audiences, and, as part of our effort to feature live music in all self-produced Tom Gold Dance events, to work with the highly accomplished pianist Xak Bjerken."
"After a productive and fulfilling year that included the Company's European premiere of Tom's adaptation of November Steps," adds Executive Director Alexander Zaretsky, "We look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to our home city performances. We are especially grateful for the chance to partner directly with the Gerald W. Lynch Theater to enhance the public's awareness of and access to high quality and original dancing through the CDI residency program."
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:30PM
Both performances are at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th St. (between 10th and 11th avenues).
Tickets, $25-$50, now on sale, are available online at tomgolddance.org/nyc2017 or ticketcentral.com; by phone at (212) 279-4200, 12-8pm daily; or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th avenues), 12-8pm daily. $10 student tickets with valid ID, in person only. Please note that advance in-person ticket purchase is only available at 416 W. 42nd Street; in person, performance-night ticket purchase is available at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.
About Tom Gold Dance
The mission of Tom Gold Dance is to bring the past, present, and future of classical dance to audiences in New York and around the world. Founded in 2008 by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, Tom Gold Dance aspires to the highest level of artistry expressed through a traditional classical dance vocabulary, including in more than a dozen works by Gold, envisioned for and set directly on the Company.