Vision, Faith & Desire II Set for 2/6-8 at Pritzker Pavilion
Vision, Faith, & Desire II: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham will be co-presented by Winifred Haun & Dancers and the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events February 6-8 at the Pritzker Pavilion, in doors on the stage. The program will feature works by: Randy Duncan, Winifred Haun, and Lizzie Leopold. Jeff Hancock and former Graham principal dancer Paul Sansardo and his Company, Paul Sansardo & Dancers, will premiere new works.
*Randy Duncan* will present his award winning solo "Love Not Me." Choreographed originally in 1988 for Winifred Haun, Love Not Me, is arguably Mr. Duncan's most Graham-like work. It features a woman on a chair expressing grief and psychological despair. Mr. Duncan studiEd Graham technique with Graham master teacher Harriet Ross.
*Jeff Hancock*, who studiEd Graham technique with former Graham Principal David Hochoy, will choreograph and dance in his new solo, "Quilting Martha," created especially for VFDII. Quilting Martha explores themes of isolation and is inspired by Graham's use of costume and fabric as theatrical devices.
*Winifred Haun* will re-stage an excerpt of her award winning full length work, "Promise." Promise is inspired by John Steinbeck's novel "East of Eden," and will feature Company members plus 12 other dancers of all ages. Promise uses an opening sequence of Graham walks to illustrate the many dimensions of community and family. Ms. Haun studiEd Graham technique with Graham master teacher Harriet Ross and Randy Duncan.
*Lizzie Leopold*, a student of former Graham principal dancer, Peter Sparling, will present a solo, "Aftermath," which premiered in 2005. Set to music by Arvo Part, Aftermath is a solo in the truest sense of the word, exploring ideas of solitude, scarcity, and longing.
*Paul Sansardo* Dancers, a Dance Company directed by former Graham principal dancer, Paul Sansardo, will premiere a new trio "The Last Messenger," choreographed and danced by Company member David von Ehrlicher. The work features Chicago dancers Amy Tye and Christina Eltvedt and music by Chinese American composer Zhou Long. The Company will also present a solo "Youth of Asterion," danced and choreographed by Mr. von Ehrlicher to music by composer Edgar Varese.
Vision, Faith, & Desire II: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 6, 7, and 8
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph in Chicago's Millennium Park.
All performances are at 7:00pm.
Tickets for the concerts are $15 and can be purchased on-line at BrownPaperTickets.com (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/506275) or at the door. Seating is general admission.
Vision, Faith & Desire (VFD) began in early 2013 as a collaborative venture between Ms. Haun and
Ms. Leopold. The project's goal is to provide a platform for artists to situate their choreographic voices within the rich historical lineage of modern dance. VFD II represents a continuation of this goal by presenting additional artists who are a part of a lineage to the technique and choreography of modern dance's iconic leader, Martha Graham. In its September 2013 performances, VFD garnered great critical acclaim, including features in the Huffington Post, WTTW's new Artbeat: Inside the Arts Blog, Dance Teacher magazine, RogueBallerina.com, and many others.
More information about VFDII can be found at WinifredHaun.org.