Buglisi Dance Theatre At Kaatsbaan

 Kaatsbaan is pleased to present Buglisi Dance Theatre(BDT) under the artistic direction of Jacqulyn Buglisi on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm.  It will be an evening highlighted by two World Preview Premieres coupled with works from the company’s stellar repertoire.  Of the two works to be premiered, Buglisi writes that the pieces “…promise the viewer an experience of unparalleled insight into the intersection between art, technology. And the natural world…”


Unum, a trio for three men by Virginie Mécène, BDT Principal Dancer and Artistic Director of Graham II) is breaking new ground for the use of cutting edge technology that monitors the breath to uncover unexplored aspects of information lying deep within the human body, transcribing them into a musical Symphony, composed by Jacopo Baboni Schilingi. Jacopo’s innovative work was recently the subject of the exhibition Artistes et Robots at the Grand Palais in Paris. 


The Moss Anthology” will be the final piece of the ‘Moss Suite’, five works created over the past two years. During their week-long residency at Kaatsbaan, Buglisi will realize the full breadth and beauty of Moss#5, that speaks to the survival of human existence through poetic metaphor, with original music by Jeff Beal, the Emmy Award-winning composer of Netflix’s House of Cards and composer of the documentary “Blackfish”, and Obie Award winner Wendall K. Harrington, head of projection design at the Yale School of Drama. “Reconstruction using geological evidence, ancient fossils and spores has revealed the crucial role of moss in creating the conditions for life as we know it” impressing the importance, in our current climate, of appreciating and giving back to the beauty and survival of our wounded planet. 


Moving back in time, the program will include “Bare to the Wall” (1996) choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman and “Prelude” (1997) choreographed by Donlin Foreman.  
The evening will also feature one of Ms. Buglisi’ssignature choreographies, “Requiem” (2002), a work for five women which was originally inspired by the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose portrait is a reflection of the kind of suppression of freedom that is still being fought against by women today.  Provoked by the tragedies of 9.11.01, Buglisi transformed her original images into a theme more reflective of this sensitive time. Following its 2002 premiere, the work was called “stunning…extravagant and beautiful” by Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times; “visually ravishing” by Tobi Tobias in the Village Voice; “achieves a kind of timelessness” by Susan Reiter in danceviewtimes.com; “an utterly beautiful soul-stirring work of dance” by Pia Catton in The New York Sun.


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the award-winning Buglisi Dance Theatre is renowned for multi-disciplinary dances that promote awareness of social issues and embolden audiences to recognize within themselves their own humanity.  Co-founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin and Donlin Foreman, who performed together as principal dancers of Martha Graham Dance Company, BDT performs in NYC at The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater. World-class production values have won BDT invitations to the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Spring to Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis; and abroad in cities across Australia, Czech Republic, Israel and Italy.


For reservations call 845-757-5106 x10 or on-line at https://kaatsbaan.yapsody.com  

Tickets:  Adults – $30, Student Rush and Children – $10


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.