Kathryn Posin Dance Company Receives LMCC Grant
The Kathryn Posin Dance Company, invited by 92 Y to open the Harkness Dance Festival last February 11 & 12, has been awarded a generous grant for this program by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which includes the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Entitled The Kathryn Posin Dance Company With Meredith Monk and Waves, the performance was sold out two weeks before it opened and met with warm audience approval at a packed Buttenweiser Hall of 92 Y.Erin Bomboy of Dance Enthusiast noted: "Posin debuted her choreography in 1967 at 92Y, and almost fifty years later, this feels like a well-earned champagne toast. Choreography - particularly the kind Posin creates, which requires care in its visual, aural, and kinesthetic components - isn't easy even in the best of times, and Posin continues undaunted without losing her sparkle." (www.dance-enthusiast.com, February 2016) Brian Siebert of the New York Times commented: "Ms. Posins 1975 'Waves'.... probably her most famous work (the Alvin Ailey Company used to perform it) it is modern in a mid-20th-century sense, weighted and earnest in its barefoot style and solid construction but softened by flower power. Intricately mimicking the action of waves and the behavior of sea life, the ensemble swells and crests." (The New York Times, February 2016) And Deborah Jowitt remarked:
"She has a gift for spatial patterns-rapidly making and unmaking duets in order to form trios, having a soloist vault into a design and disrupt it, deploying two women, and bringing all the dancers together in a handsomely woven cluster. Despite the formalism and the classical steps, the small space and the closeness of the performers make you see this "dancey" dance almost as if it were a scene outside a bar on a summer night." (www.artsjournal.com, February 2016) Another New York season is in the works, and Ms Posins's Scheherazade will open The Milwaukee Ballet's season next fall, October 20-23.