10 Hairy Legs Commissions Choreographers Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch

10 Hairy Legs, the all-male repertory dance company has commissioned Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch to create new works for the company that will debut during its New York Season at New York Live Arts June 26 - 29, 2019.

Artistic Director Randy James noted, "We continue to be fervently committed to the creation of new works and are pleased to have these exceptionally talented choreographers challenge our artists and audiences with their unique voices. We look forward to sharing their debut at our New York Season and subsequently throughout the US and abroad during tours in future seasons." Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as artistic director, he has led the company as it has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, The Guggenheim, and New York City Center, among many other venues. Keigwin has created dozens of dances for his company as well as for Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Juilliard School, and the Vail International Dance Festival. His work in musical theater includes Tales of the City in San Francisco, the off-Broadway production of Rent, and the Broadway musical If/Then. Larry is the co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival, the dance editor of ArtDesk Magazine and a proud board member of DANCEWorks Santa Barbara.

Keigwin noted, "I am very excited about creating a new dance for the all male dance ensemble, 10 Hairy Legs. Having grown up in a house with three brothers I am interested in exploring sibling rivalry and camaraderie. Of course there will need to be quiet moments where I hope to highlight the maturity of these relationships with intricate partnering that conjure up adult affection and tenderness. I wish to capture the evolution of sibling relationships from childhood play to mature loving adults. I am hoping that these ideas of sibling relationships speak about the power of community at large and the importance of support systems in our society."

Adam Barruch's work has been presented at venues such as The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, The 92Y: Buttenweiser Hall, Jacob's Pillow: Inside/Out, LaMaMa,The Cedar Lake Theater, Gina Gibney Dance Center, The Harris Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Cowles Center, The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, Bates Dance Festival and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. He has also taught technique and repertory at Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Marymount Manhattan College, The Martha Graham School, The Hartt School, The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, New York University, Hofstra University, West Virginia University and internationally at La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán (EPDM) and New Zealand School of Dance.

Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation. Adam Barruch's short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. In June 2013, Adam performed a full-length evening solo work, My Name is Adam, at Joe's Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC, and was a recipient of a Late Stage Production Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. In addition, he has also created works for companies such as The Limón Company, Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, Whim W'Him Seattle Contemporary Dance, Graham II, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Gina Gibney Dance Company and Minnesota Dance Theatre, as well as for dance icons Margie Gillis and Miki Orihara. Adam was the recipient of a 2014 Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, which recognizes institutions and individuals for distinguished accomplishments and exceptional talent in the arts and sciences. In September 2015, Adam Barruch was the choreographer-in-residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California as part of the 2015 DANCEworks Residency. Adam Barruch was an artist-in-residence at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in 2016-2017.

Barruch noted, "It is with great excitement that I begin to ruminate about a new commission for 10 Hairy Legs. As a choreographer, I am longing to create deeply physical works that exist within a highly specified world. For me, the path to achieving this is a combination of a rich movement vocabulary coupled with a sonic environment that supports and enriches it."

10 Hairy Legs is an all male repertory dance company performing newly commissioned and curated works. Since our founding in 2012 we have commissioned 16 works from choreographers Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, Julie Bour, Megan Williams, Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly, Nicholas Sciscione, Yin Yue and founder Randy James. We have served more than 80,000 patrons, students, artists and educators throughout the NY/NJ region, nationally in the MidWest, Florida and throughout New England and internationally in The Cayman Islands and Cape Town, South Africa. The company provides a wide range of education programs for all ages exemplifying the many facets of maleness as expressed through dance to more than 4,500 students and educators each year.

Our Artistic Collaborators are choreographers Al Blackstone, Julie Bour, Seàn Curran, David Dorfman, Dan Froot, Doug Elkins, Raja Feather Kelly, Heidi Latsky, Cleo Mack, Tiffany Mills, David Parker, Stephen Petronio, Claire Porter, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, Doug Varone, Manuel Vignoulle, Christopher Williams, Megan Williams, Nicholas Sciscione and Yin Yue; musicians/composers Tigger Benford, Sarah Biber, Jane Chung, Lachlan Glen, Kyle Olson, Robert Maggio, Ofer Pelz, Bryan Strimpel, Michael Wall, Dorian Wallace and Peter Whitehead; and designers Abraham Cruz, Oana Botez, Cindy Capraro, Benjamin Heller, Jason Flamos, John Lasiter, Naomi Luppescu, Mary Kokie McNaugher, Dennis O'Leary-Gullo, Lauren Parrish, Amanda Ringger, Amanda Shafran, Ken Tabatchnik, Olivier Theyskens, Asa Thornton and Tuce Yasak. In addition to their work with 10 Hairy Legs, our company members are currently featured artists with The Bang Group, Stephen Petronio Company, Lucinda Childs Dance and Zvi Dance, among others.


Leadership funding for the company has been provided by The Geraldine R. Dodge, Frank & Lydia Bergen, Blanche and Irving Laurie, The O'Donnell Green Music & Dance, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels, Mertz Gilmore, Magyar Bank and Hyde & Watson Foundations, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Johnson & Johnson, American Dance Abroad's Rapid Response, New Music USA, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, receiving a Citation of Excellence, the generous contributors to the Rita & Philip Levy New Works Fund and The Constance Poster Trust for New Choreography.

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