Juilliard Dance's 2013-14 Season to Feature Works by Pina Bausch, Eliot Feld & More
Juilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, opens its 2013-2014 season with New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013, Wednesday, December 11 through Sunday, December 15, 2013 in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater and features Juilliard alumna Pina Bausch's Wind von West (Wind from the West) performed by the Senior Class, plus three world premiere commissions created for each of the classes of Juilliard's Dance Division. Next season's innovative choreographers are Juilliard alumnus Takehiro Ueyama (1st Year Dancers); Brian Brooks (2nd Year Dancers); and Juilliard alumnus Darrell Grand Moultrie (3rdYear Dancers).
Pina Bausch's Wind von West (Wind from the West) is set to Stravinsky's Cantata. It was created and performed in 1975 on a groundbreaking program that included Bausch's masterpiece, Das Frühlingsopfer (The Rite of Spring). Lost to time, this haunting and poetic work will be revived by two schools where Ms. Bausch developed as an artist - The Juilliard School and the Folkwangschule in Essen, Germany. Performances by shared casts of dancers from each of these institutions will take place in Wuppertal, Germany in November and at Juilliard in New York in December on the New Dances series. The project has been generously funded by Tanzfonds Erbe (Dance Heritage Fund) - an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The fund is for artistic projects that promote the cultural heritage of dance in Germany. For more information on the Tanzfonds Erbe, please visit http://www.tanzfonds.de/en/erbe-info.
New Dances PLUS: Edition 2013 performances take place on Wednesday, December 11; Thursday, December 12; Friday, December 13; and Saturday, December 14 at 8 PM; and Sunday, December 15 at 3 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Tickets are $30; $15 for seniors/students, and will be available on November 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard or through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at: http://www.juilliard.edu/newdances
Pina Bausch (1940-2009) was born in Solingen, Germany and died in Wuppertal. She received her dance training at the Folkwangschule in Essen under Kurt Jooss. She continued her studies on a DAAD scholarship to the United States, studying with José Limón, Antony Tudor, and others at Juilliard. Soon after, the director of Wuppertal's theaters, Arno Wüstenhöfer, engaged her as choreographer. From fall 1973, she renamed the ensemble the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Under this name, although controversial at the beginning, the company gradually achieved international recognition. Its combination of poetic and everyday elements influenced the international development of dance decisively. Awarded some of the greatest prizes and honors worldwide, Pina Bausch is one of the most significant choreographers of our time.
Brian Brooks, originally from Hingham, MA, lives in New York City. He is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Recent honors include the NY City Center Fellowship (2012-2013), the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2013) and the National Dance Project's Production and ResidenCy Grants (2012).Brooks has been commissioned to create new works for the Vail International Dance Festival (2012, 2013), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (2010), the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Foundation (2008), Dance Theater Workshop (2006), and Symphony Space (2005), among others. His dance group, the Brian Brooks Moving Company, has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally since 2002, with repeat engagements at venues including the American Dance Festival, North Carolina State University, Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, Alfred University, SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara, the Chicago Dancing Festival, and The Joyce Theater. In addition to the work with his company, Brooks is engaged in a multi-year, international tour performing his duet, First Fall, with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan, originally commissioned in 2012 by Damian Woetzel for Vail. As a guest artist, Brooks has created new dances at Skidmore College, Rutgers University, Princeton University, Barnard College of Columbia University, the University of Maryland at College Park, and Illinois State University, among others.
Darrell Grand Moultrie has quickly emerged as one of America's most sought-after choreographers and master teachers. Not one to be pigeonholed into any particular genre, Moultrie has carved out an impressive career that seamlessly weaves his distinctive and highly praised ballet, modern, and theater dance choreography, to on-stage Broadway performer (most recently seen in Billy Elliot) and to television work where he has choreographed national commercials. His work is often marked by sharp contrasts and bold patterns with an eye for form, a strong theatrical sensibility, and a knack for showcasing the great athleticism of his dancers. Recipient of the 2007 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Darrell's work has been performed by Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, BalletMet Columbus, Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Rasta Thomas and his Bad Boys of Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Tulsa Ballet, and Ballet X. Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Ballet Arkansas, and Richmond Ballet are all performing creations by Darrell in 2013. As a performer, Darrell was part of the original cast of Billy Elliot on Broadway. He was also seen in West Side Story in Milan, Italy at the La Scala Opera House, and was part of the original workshops of The Public Theatre's Radiant Baby, directed by George C. Wolfe, Sweet Charity, and The Color Purple. He was seen on Broadway in the hits, Hairspray The Musical with Harvey Fierstein and AIDA, where he understudied the role of Mereb, performing opposite Toni Braxton. Darrell is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem. He is a graduate of Juilliard.
A native of Tokyo, Takehiro "Take" Ueyama is a renowned choreographer praised for his blend of Eastern and Western sensibilities and musicality. As the founder and artistic director of TAKE Dance, a NYC-based contemporary Dance Company, Take finds inspiration in the beauty of nature, duality in life, and the exploration of darkness and light in relation to the human condition. His vast repertory of work features powerful athletic movement contrasted with delicate gesture and sensitivity. Take moved from Japan to the United States in 1991 to study at The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he toured for eight years as a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In 2003, he made his choreographic debut with Tsubasa, which he performed with fellow Taylor dancers -- Amy Young, Julie Tice, Orion Duckstein, and James Samson -- at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, New York. As a choreographer, his SAKURA SAKURA was a prize-winner at the 2005 International Modern Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain and he was also one of four choreographers selected for 2006 Free to Rep at FSU's Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. Take is the first choreographer to win the S & R Foundation's prestigious Washington Award, which was presented to him in the spring of 2010 at the Strathmore Mansion in Maryland. This summer, Take will be choreographing a new work for ArcDanz at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. Since its genesis in 2005, TAKE Dance has been praised for its exciting athletic movement and unusual sensitivity to create distinctive work that is uniquely "TAKE." Through its diverse movement, musical choices, subject matter, and artistic partnerships, TAKE Dance brings a unique depth and fulfilling experience to audiences worldwide. TAKE Dance is known for its unique collaborations with contemporary artists in other creative genres. The Company has performed in: New York at Central Park SummerStage, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Columbia University's Miller Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Cunningham Studio, Joe's Pub and the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, Baruch Performing Arts Center and P.S. 21 in Chatham, New York; and, in Italy for the Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza of Calgari, Sarnidia as well as Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Downtown Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, DanceNOW Festival, National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., SaratogaArtsFest, San Francisco's WestWave Dance Festival and Spring to Dance Festival - Dance St. Louis. Additional venues include Dance Place in Washington D.C., The Lewis Center at Princeton University, New Noises Festival at Perry-Mansfield in Colorado, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Norte Maar Fête de Danse, and DanceNOW SteelStacks. TAKE Dance recently served as company-in-residence at Skidmore College, University at Albany, Randolph College and Kingsborough College. For more information, please visit www.takedance.org.
In the spring semester, Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Eliot Feld, Juilliard alumnus Lar Lubovitch, andTwyla Tharp. Juilliard dancers perform Concerto Six Twenty-Two by Lar Lubovitch, Baker's Dozen by Twyla Tharp, and The Jig is Up by Eliot Feld.
Concerto Six Twenty-Two is one of Lar Lubovitch's most celebrated dances. It plays between the beautiful Mozart score and Lubovitch's own spirited sense of lyricism. The centerpiece of the dance is the male duet, which on its own has become one of Lubovitch's major achievements. The work is set to Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622. The work was commissioned by Centre National de Danse (Angers, France) and had its premiere in 1986.
Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen was created for the Hollywood production of Hair, but was not included in the final edit. "I was thinking a lot about economy [after filming]. Nothing should be squandered or disregarded," Tharp recounts in Confessions of a Cornermaker (1981). Rather than leaving it on the cutting room floor, Tharp repurposed the movement and set it to compositions by Willie "The Lion" Smith. "As in nature, all things would be recycled and would accrue." Baker's Dozenembodies this sense of economy and integration, which is closely tied to Tharp's Indiana Quaker roots. The movement expresses harmony, playfulness, and easy virtuosity. The structure of the work is based on multiples of twelve: six duets, four trios, three quartets, two sextets, and finally twelve solos - reinforcing the Quaker values of the individual's importance to the community. Twyla Tharp's company premiered the work on February 15, 1979.
Eliot Feld's The Jig Is Up, set to Irish and Scottish folk tunes, is a virtuosic and playful abstraction of folk dances. The ballet, in eight sections, has rousing group sections and more intimate solos and duets. Costume design is by Willa Kim; light design is by Eliot Feld. The music featured is by The Bothy Band with Archibald McDonald, and John Cunningham. The work had its premiere on April 10, 1984 by the Feld Ballet.
Juilliard Dances Repertory performances take place on Friday, March 21 at 8 PM; Saturday, March 22 at 8 PM; Sunday, March 23 at 3 PM; Monday, March 24 at 8 PM; and Tuesday, March 25 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Tickets are $30; $15 for seniors/students, and will be available on February 14 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard or through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online at: http://www.juilliard.edu/dancesrep
Additional events on the Juilliard Dance season include Choreographers and Composers 2013 featuring Juilliard dancers performing works by Juilliard composers on Friday, November 22 at 8 PM and Saturday, November 23 at 2 PM and 8 PM in the Willson Theater; Senior Dance Production, which launches seniors into the professional world, on Friday, April 25 at 8 PM, Saturday, April 26 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday, April 27 at 2 PM and 8 PM in the Willson Theater; Choreographic Honors, a sampling of works by Juilliard dancers curated from workshops and performances, on Friday, May 16 at
8 PM and Saturday, May 17 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater; and the popular Senior Dance Showcase, featuring the "Class of 2014," on Monday, May 19 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
The Juilliard Dance Division, entering its 62nd season in 2013-2014, is a groundbreaking conservatory dance program whose faculty and alumni have changed the face of dance around the world. The program was established in 1951 by William Schuman during his tenure as president of Juilliard with the guidance of founding director Martha Hill. It became the first major teaching institution to combine equal dance instruction in both contemporary and ballet techniques. Among the early dance faculty members at Juilliard were Alfred Corvino, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, and Hector Zaraspe.
Ballet master and master teacher, Lawrence Rhodes, was appointed the artistic director of the Juilliard Dance Division in July 2002. Going into his 12th year as director, he has reordered the curriculum and elevated requirements for the diploma and degree programs at Juilliard. He has increased the number of performances and brought in many prominent choreographers to work with the students. Graduates of the program have gone on to perform with virtually every established contemporary and ballet Dance Company in the United States and abroad, and they also are among the directors and administrators of respected companies worldwide. In the 2013-2014 season, there will be 98 students enrolled in Juilliard's Dance Division.
Alumni of Juilliard's Dance Division include Robert Battle, Pina Bausch, Martha Clarke, Mercedes Ellington, Robert Garland, Charlotte Griffin, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Adam Hougland, Saeko Ichinohe, Jessica Lang, Lar Lubovitch, Bruce Marks, Susan Marshall, Austin Mccormick, Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Paul Taylor.