New York Live Arts Welcomes Lang Dance Tonight
New York Live Arts presents Eugene Lang College's Fall Performance, tonight and tomorrow, December 12 & 13 at 7:30pm. Part of The New School for Liberal Arts, the dance program at Lang has been referred to as "home to one of the more progressive collegiate dance departments in New York" (The New York Times). These fall performances feature new works by Reggie Wilson and Jeanine Durning. In addition, choreographers in the dance program will interface their semester-long choreographic research practice with a New York Live Arts showcase. (All works will be performed by students of the Eugene Lang College dance program.)
Performances will take place at New York Live Arts' Theater. Tickets are $9/Free for all New School students, faculty and alumni. Tickets may be purchased online at newyorklivearts/season, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm.
Jeanine Durning is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY, and travels extensively throughout the US and Europe for work. She has been active in the NYC contemporary dance community since the early 90s. She began making and performing solo works in 1995, and group choreographies soon after. In 2008, Durning was the recipient of The Alpert Award for Choreography and in 2007 was awarded The New York Foundation for the Arts for Choreography. She is currently a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Her writings on dance have been published in Contact Quarterly, RTRSRCH (Amsterdam) and on Air (Amsterdam). Durning has served on the Artists Advisory Board of Danspace Project NYC since 2004. Jeanine's current solo, inging, has been presented in Amsterdam, Berlin, Belgium, Pennsylvania, Minneapolis, Toronto and NYC, with upcoming performances in Williamstown and Milwaukee. As a performer, Durning has worked with many choreographers, including, Deborah Hay (2005-2013), Susan Rethorst (2005-2008), Bebe Miller (tour, 2006), Chris Yon (2005-2006), Martha Clarke (workshop, 2005), Richard Seigal (2004), David Dorfman (1993-2003), Lance Gries (1994-1995) and RoseAnne Spradlin (1994). Durning has an ongoing teaching practice and is regularly invited to advise the work of other makers. For the past five years she has been on faculty at SNDO and MTD (Amsterdam) and HZT (Berlin), has been a guest at the Laboratory for Contemporary Dance Practice (Vaganova Academy, St. Petersburg), co-taught a workshop on choreographic scoring with Forsythe Company member Liz Waterhouse as part of the German Dance Education Biennale (Frankfurt) and lectured and mentored at AmCh/Amsterdam Master of Choreography. In January 2014, Jeanine facilitated her composition and creative practice workshop, what we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing, at Movement Research's Winter Melt.
Reggie Wilson founded his company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. Wilson draws from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he calls "post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances." Wilson is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He performed and toured with Ohad Naharin before forming Fist and Heel. He has lectured, taught and conducted extended workshops and community projects throughout the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Wilson has traveled extensively: to the Mississippi Delta to research secular and religious aspects of life there; to Trinidad and Tobago to research the Spiritual Baptists and the Shangoists; and also to the Southern, Central, West and East of Africa to work with dance and performance groups as well as various religious communities. He has served as visiting faculty at several universities including Yale, Princeton and Wesleyan Universities. He is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance's McKnight National Fellowship (2000-2001). Wilson is also a 2002 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award recipient for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has been an artist advisor for the National Dance Project and Board Member of DanceTheater Workshop. In recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and is also the 2009 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in Dance. His evening-length work The GoodDance - dakar/brooklyn had its world premiere at the Walker Art Center and New York premiere on the Brooklyn Academy of Music 2009 Next Wave Festival. In 2012 the Revisitaton, New York Live Arts presented a concert of works, to critical acclaim. Most recently, he received the 2012 Joyce Foundation Award for his new work, Moses(es), which was performed at BAM 2013 Next Wave Festival, as well as being an inaugural Doris Duke Artist.