Christopher Williams Dance at perform at Kaatsbaan 6/11/16 at 7:30 pm
Christopher Williams Dance to perform at KAATSBAAN
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Adults – $20.00, Children and student rush (at the door with ID) – $10
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 20 Broadway, Tivoli, NY
Contact :Prudence Garcia-Renart 845-757-5106 x2 or 10
Christopher Williams Dance at Kaatsbaan
Kaatsbaan is pleased to present Christopher Williams Dance, co-winner of the Upstream Residency Awards for 2016 on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Christopher Williams, hailed as “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker), has been devoted to performing and crafting movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. As a curious “alchemist of theatre” who naturally dissolves boundaries between various art forms, he continues to hone a distinctive style that commingles contemporary dance with visual art, puppetry, poetry, and live music. Preferring to cast each new work specifically rather than maintaining a set company, he assembles a wide variety of performers that juxtapose many body types and span many ages in order to instill each of his pieces with an unusual corporeal counterpoint.
“Does the choreographer Christopher Williams, with his fascination for ancient myths and legends, breathe a different air than the rest of us? His world is one of fairies and gods, where dancers curve their arms and backs in juicy opposition to their lower bodies, and the stage sometimes looks like a sculpture garden coming to life.” (Gia Kourlas NY Times)
The evening’s program will include excerpts from William’s Dardanus Suite which premiered at the 92nd Street Y in June of last year. The work, inspired entirely by the music of Jean Philippe Rameau’s lyric tragedy, interweaves choreography created in preparation for a 2015 production of Dardanus directed by Michel Fau and conducted by Raphaël Pichon at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles to present a contemporary re-envisioning of its Baroque dances.
Also on the program is Il Giardino d’Amore (a work-in-progress), a contemporary dance staging of Alessandro Scarlatti’s 18th century serenata Il Giardino di Amore inspired by the classical myth of Venus and Adonis. During their week’s residency at Kaatsbaan Mr. Williams and his company will be working on this piece.
Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY. Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions. It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.
Photos: “Adonis” photo – Robert Cooper