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Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Simon Courchel, Natalie Green, Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Agnieszka Kryst, Jan Lorys, Ramona Nagabczyńska, Christopher Ralph, Paweł Sakowicz, Anna Steller
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Bantley Drezner, Paula Lobo
There Might Be Others, a new choreographic work in development by the acclaimed Rebecca Lazier, evolves from the tradition of open scores wherein the dancers compose the work in performance within a dynamic set of rules, contingencies, and games. Loosely based on the score and performer instructions for composer Terry Riley’s seminal aleatoric score, In C, this piece begins with a series of movement modules that range from virtuosic gestures and task based prompts to audience interactions. The performers choose to repeat each modules as many times as they wish while staying within several modules of each other. The choreography unfolds as the individuals respond to changing situations and chance encounters. At one moment quiet, the next boisterous, the work is filled with juxtapositions as the dancers choose how, when, and where to perform the ever-evolving modules.
The practice of performance empowers the individual performer while reinforcing the collective aesthetic of the group, as lead by Lazier. The aleatoric elements of the score create a balance between strictly defined vocabulary and an aesthetic of spontaneous creation. The work is co-authored, while the choreographic vision set forth in the articulation of the individual modules remains present, the dancers determine the unity, or contrast, of the overall piece. Lazier’s goal is to build a dance that is visceral and visual, individual and communal, chaotic and simple, and proposes dancing as a mode of choreographing, and choreographing as a mode of being.
Polish premiere will join 7 Polish and 3 American stunning dancers.
Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Nova Scotia, now Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Nova Scotia, now based in Brooklyn. Since 1995 she has created work that has been hailed for its “exciting immediacy.” (New York Times) Her recent production of Coming Together/Attica, named one of 2013’s most memorable experiences by critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa, is a site-specific setting of Frederic Rzewski’s iconic minimalist scores written in response to the Attica prison riots. A film of the work was featured in IK-00 Spaces of Confinement, an exhibit produced by Moscow based foundation v–a–c, the art of being contemporary as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. The American Embassy in Athens recently sponsored a tour Coming Together/Attica to Thessaloniki and Patras.
In New York Lazier’s work has been presented at many venues including La MaMa, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum, 92nd Street Y, and Symphony Space, and the company has toured to a variety of locales from Martha’s Vineyard to Los Angeles, Jacob’s Pillow to New Orleans, from Nova Scotia to Russia. Lazier has been artist-in-residence at Movement Research, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, New Music USA, Canada Council on the Arts, and the Greater New York Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer at Princeton University and has previously been on faculty at UCLA, Mimar Sinan Conservatory in Istanbul, Trinity College, Hartford Ballet, and Wesleyan University. Rebecca was the festival director of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival from 2002-006 and has been a panelist at many conferences including Dance USA, Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, Congress on Research in Dance, and The Juilliard School.