INTRODUCING CAITLIN TRAINOR Plays Schermerhorn Theater in Brooklyn

By: Sep. 14, 2011

"Introducing Caitlin Trainor," an evening of three dramatically different premieres-"Digital Fallout," "E Strano! (How Strange!)" and "ORBit" mark the New York choreographic debut of Caitlin Trainor, September 30-October 2. The debut performances take place, appropriately, at the newly opened Schermerhorn Theater in Brooklyn. The curtain for all shows is at 7:30pm.

Attesting to the wide-ranging imagination of the choreographer, each of the dances is thematically, musically and stylistically distinct. "Digital Fallout," a work for seven performers, suggests the robotic influence of the digital world on human behavior, particularly sexual. The dancers' initially mechanistic, anti-sexy/sexually suggestive movement eventually descends into an animalistic frenzy of blind fury in which romance and intimacy are a thing of the past. The accompanying score, a collage created by Trainor, includes music from the Free Sound Library, Nine Inch Nails and Ryoji Ikeda. The costumes are by Liz Prince.

"E Strano! (How Strange!)," a sad, funny duet performed by Trainor and a giant male rag doll, explores the gamut of emotions experienced by a woman in love with an unresponsive man. Her desire to seduce him, to win his affection catapults her into behavior alternating between hopefully and fantastically romantic and the dark gloom of futility and frustration. The dance is set to Dame Joan Sutherland's aria "E Strano" from "La Traviata."

If the dancing in "Digital Fallout" is aggressive and fractured, "ORBit" is the opposite. In its gently ethereal movement, the dance resonates with a spiritual poetry suggesting the harmonic movement of cosmic bodies dancing through outer space. Created by the quintet of dancers playing with a series of free-wheeling meteorological balloons, the work takes place beneath giant suspended versions of their untethered cousins. "ORBit" evolved from the dancers' improvised movement in the studio; and given the unpredictable nature of balloons, a good deal of the performance, too, depends on the dancers' improvised responses to their free-spirited air partners. The dance is set to an original score by Robert Boston.

Rachel Rakov designed the lighting for all three dances. The dancers are Aditi Dhruv, Mindy Upin, Alison Cook Beatty, Marlena Wolf, Tyler Gilstrap , Cherri Nelle Thompson, Lindsey Miller, Katie Stricker, Andy Allen, Andrew Magazine, Lane Halperin as well as Caitlin Trainor.

Originally from Scituate, Rhode Island, Caitlin Trainor lives and dances in New York City. Now a member of the dance faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University,

Trainor received her undergraduate degree in dance from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and an M.F.A. in dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Before founding Trainor Dance, she danced for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sean Curran, Amy Marshall, Kathleen Dyer and Cirque du Soleil Project One Drop. She was assistant choreographer to Mr. Curran and site-specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, and has taught at Dance City (Newcastle, England), Montclair State University, American College Dance Festival, and Sarah Lawrence College. Trainor has choreographed new work on Nacre Dance Company (Albany, NY), Marked Dance Project (NJ), the students of Providence College (RI), Murray State University (GA), and Kennesaw State University (GA). During her recent tenure in the U.K., Trainor co-founded Fresh, an ongoing forum for the development, sharing and discussion of new work for regional dance artists and audiences, and presented The Magic Behind the Movement, a lecture/demonstration, in conjunction with Northumbria University and Darlington Arts Center.

Trainor recently received a generous grant from New York Foundation for the Arts.

All performances are at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$30 and can be purchased on Trainor Dance's website at or by going directly to Seating is general admission. The Schermerhorn Theater is located at 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY (A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn or 2, 3 to Hoyt St).


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