Multi-Media Celebration of American Post-Modern Dance Takes Center Stage With White Oak Dance Project's PASTForward

Presented by Baryshnikov Productions in Partnership With

The University of the Arts May 9-12 at The Merriam Theater



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from The University of the Arts

    PHILADELPHIA, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In a
 continuing evolution of invention and redefinition, world-renowned dancer
 Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project push the boundaries of
 dance artistry while preserving American modern dance tradition in a bold new
 way as they bring their newest production to Philadelphia audiences --
 PASTForward, coming to the Merriam Theater at The University of the Arts,
 May 9-12.
     Presented by Baryshnikov Productions in partnership with The University of
 the Arts, in association with Dance Affiliates, PASTForward is a multi-media
 celebration of American post-modern dance, highlighting the landmark works of
 pioneer choreographers David Gordon, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Lucinda
 Childs, Steve Paxton, Simone Forti and Deborah Hay, who, as leaders of the
 great modern dance experiment born in the basement of a New York City church
 in the 1960s, created the acclaimed Judson Dance Theater and changed American
 dance forever.  An evolving and changing work, other choreographers will join
 PASTForward as it continues to be performed.
     Born out of a desire to push the limits and form a new paradigm, to shock
 audiences while creating excitement, surprise and inspiring artistry, these
 non-conformist choreographers redefined the way dance was made, viewed and
 presented.  And Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose classical background has evolved
 seamlessly into a journey of contemporary dance discovery, saw the importance
 of preserving the Judson work, while introducing it to today's audiences with
 fresh excitement and surprise.
     Featuring White Oak Dance Project company members Baryshnikov, Raquel
 Aedo, Emily Coates, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Michael Lomeka, Emmanuele Phuon and
 Keith Sabado, PASTForward includes some of the original Judson works as well
 as newer works from these choreographers.  The pieces are intercut with video,
 incorporating both new and archival footage by noted filmmaker Charles Atlas.
 In a unique local spotlight, up to 50 members of the community, primarily
 non-dancers, as well as University of the Arts School of Dance students, will
 be joining the company onstage as part of the performance.
     Intent on capturing the spirit of the Judson era when American artists
 were crossing new frontiers and redefining the art form, Baryshnikov in
 PASTForward creates an element of surprise for today's audiences, while
 safeguarding the original anti-costume, anti-spectacular, sensibility inherent
 in the Judson tradition.  PASTForward shines the spotlight on the Judson
 aesthetic while creating a new context within which to view it, understand it,
 and appreciate its importance to the evolution -- and revolution -- of
 American dance.
     An evening of dance, film and narrative, PASTForward takes us back to the
 future -- celebrating both the Judson legacy and White Oak's culture of
 spotlighting new voices, and new vocabulary, in dance.  Featuring the use of
 speech, household props, music and video, along with dance technique and
 ordinary movement, PASTForward includes a repertory of 14 revival works as
 well as two new works that were commissioned for White Oak Dance Project:
 WHIZZ and SINGLE DUET/SOLO, both by Deborah Hay.  Laced with choreographed
 strategies that heighten and simplify the dancers' moment-to-moment experience
 of performance, in and of itself, Hay created WHIZZ on the supposition that
 audiences can access similar states of spontaneous alertness.  SINGLE
 DUET/SOLO is an adaptation of "Single Duet," originally choreographed for
 Mikhail Baryshnikov and Deborah Hay.  It presents the dancers with a score,
 which functions as the choreography, and is interpreted differently in each
 performance.  The choreography routes the movement choices and the use of time
 and space, and also includes a meditation-like exercise that guides the
 attention of the dancers.  Each performance of PASTForward is a selection from
 the complete repertory.
     PASTForward is produced by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, directed and
 written by David Gordon, with video sequences created by Charles Atlas,
 dramaturgy by Jim Lewis, and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton.
     Tickets for White Oak Dance Project's PASTForward, at the Merriam Theater
 at the University of the Arts May 9-12, are available at the Merriam Theater
 Box Office, 250 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, online at
 www.whiteoakdanceproject.com or by phone through Ticketmaster at
 (215) 336.1234.  Ticket prices are $26 - $58, and student tickets are
 available for $15 in the Family Circle.  For more information, call the
 Merriam Theater at (215) 732.5446.
     White Oak Dance Project embodies the adventurousness and the commitment to
 excellence of its creators Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Created in
 1990, and comprising some of the finest dance artists in the U.S., including
 alumni of such dance companies as New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance
 Group, Elisa Monte Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company,
 White Oak embraces an eclectic array of dance works, expanding notions of
 style and technique and exposing the many facets of modern dance vocabulary.
 Since its inception, White Oak has commissioned over 40 new works by
 established masters and emerging artists, in addition to acquiring over 25
 existing works.
     The University of the Arts is the nation's only fully-accredited
 university devoted exclusively to education and professional training in
 design, visual, media and performing arts.  Offering undergraduate and
 graduate degrees in art education, communication, crafts, dance, design, fine
 arts, media arts, multimedia, museum education, music, theater and writing,
 UArts prepares its students to assume over 150 careers in traditional and
 emerging arts and related fields.  With its partnership in PASTForward, UArts
 continues the tradition begun with the landmark success of 2000Feet: A
 Celebration of World Dance, Philadelphia's first-ever week-long international
 dance festival, in spotlighting world-class dance on its campus.
     The mission of Dance Affiliates is to advance the growth, development and
 well-being of the art of dance.  As a dance curator, Dance Affiliates nurtures
 the development of dance artists; serves as an intermediary between the
 touring artist and the local dance community; cultivates new dance audiences;
 and offers important educational and outreach services to the community,
 especially for children and youth.  Dance Affiliates is recognized as the
 region's leading presenter of contemporary dance and as one of the top five
 dance presenters in the nation through its annual series at the Annenberg
 Center, Dance Celebration/Next Move.
 
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    PHILADELPHIA, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In a
 continuing evolution of invention and redefinition, world-renowned dancer
 Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project push the boundaries of
 dance artistry while preserving American modern dance tradition in a bold new
 way as they bring their newest production to Philadelphia audiences --
 PASTForward, coming to the Merriam Theater at The University of the Arts,
 May 9-12.
     Presented by Baryshnikov Productions in partnership with The University of
 the Arts, in association with Dance Affiliates, PASTForward is a multi-media
 celebration of American post-modern dance, highlighting the landmark works of
 pioneer choreographers David Gordon, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Lucinda
 Childs, Steve Paxton, Simone Forti and Deborah Hay, who, as leaders of the
 great modern dance experiment born in the basement of a New York City church
 in the 1960s, created the acclaimed Judson Dance Theater and changed American
 dance forever.  An evolving and changing work, other choreographers will join
 PASTForward as it continues to be performed.
     Born out of a desire to push the limits and form a new paradigm, to shock
 audiences while creating excitement, surprise and inspiring artistry, these
 non-conformist choreographers redefined the way dance was made, viewed and
 presented.  And Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose classical background has evolved
 seamlessly into a journey of contemporary dance discovery, saw the importance
 of preserving the Judson work, while introducing it to today's audiences with
 fresh excitement and surprise.
     Featuring White Oak Dance Project company members Baryshnikov, Raquel
 Aedo, Emily Coates, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Michael Lomeka, Emmanuele Phuon and
 Keith Sabado, PASTForward includes some of the original Judson works as well
 as newer works from these choreographers.  The pieces are intercut with video,
 incorporating both new and archival footage by noted filmmaker Charles Atlas.
 In a unique local spotlight, up to 50 members of the community, primarily
 non-dancers, as well as University of the Arts School of Dance students, will
 be joining the company onstage as part of the performance.
     Intent on capturing the spirit of the Judson era when American artists
 were crossing new frontiers and redefining the art form, Baryshnikov in
 PASTForward creates an element of surprise for today's audiences, while
 safeguarding the original anti-costume, anti-spectacular, sensibility inherent
 in the Judson tradition.  PASTForward shines the spotlight on the Judson
 aesthetic while creating a new context within which to view it, understand it,
 and appreciate its importance to the evolution -- and revolution -- of
 American dance.
     An evening of dance, film and narrative, PASTForward takes us back to the
 future -- celebrating both the Judson legacy and White Oak's culture of
 spotlighting new voices, and new vocabulary, in dance.  Featuring the use of
 speech, household props, music and video, along with dance technique and
 ordinary movement, PASTForward includes a repertory of 14 revival works as
 well as two new works that were commissioned for White Oak Dance Project:
 WHIZZ and SINGLE DUET/SOLO, both by Deborah Hay.  Laced with choreographed
 strategies that heighten and simplify the dancers' moment-to-moment experience
 of performance, in and of itself, Hay created WHIZZ on the supposition that
 audiences can access similar states of spontaneous alertness.  SINGLE
 DUET/SOLO is an adaptation of "Single Duet," originally choreographed for
 Mikhail Baryshnikov and Deborah Hay.  It presents the dancers with a score,
 which functions as the choreography, and is interpreted differently in each
 performance.  The choreography routes the movement choices and the use of time
 and space, and also includes a meditation-like exercise that guides the
 attention of the dancers.  Each performance of PASTForward is a selection from
 the complete repertory.
     PASTForward is produced by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, directed and
 written by David Gordon, with video sequences created by Charles Atlas,
 dramaturgy by Jim Lewis, and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton.
     Tickets for White Oak Dance Project's PASTForward, at the Merriam Theater
 at the University of the Arts May 9-12, are available at the Merriam Theater
 Box Office, 250 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, online at
 www.whiteoakdanceproject.com or by phone through Ticketmaster at
 (215) 336.1234.  Ticket prices are $26 - $58, and student tickets are
 available for $15 in the Family Circle.  For more information, call the
 Merriam Theater at (215) 732.5446.
     White Oak Dance Project embodies the adventurousness and the commitment to
 excellence of its creators Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Created in
 1990, and comprising some of the finest dance artists in the U.S., including
 alumni of such dance companies as New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance
 Group, Elisa Monte Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company,
 White Oak embraces an eclectic array of dance works, expanding notions of
 style and technique and exposing the many facets of modern dance vocabulary.
 Since its inception, White Oak has commissioned over 40 new works by
 established masters and emerging artists, in addition to acquiring over 25
 existing works.
     The University of the Arts is the nation's only fully-accredited
 university devoted exclusively to education and professional training in
 design, visual, media and performing arts.  Offering undergraduate and
 graduate degrees in art education, communication, crafts, dance, design, fine
 arts, media arts, multimedia, museum education, music, theater and writing,
 UArts prepares its students to assume over 150 careers in traditional and
 emerging arts and related fields.  With its partnership in PASTForward, UArts
 continues the tradition begun with the landmark success of 2000Feet: A
 Celebration of World Dance, Philadelphia's first-ever week-long international
 dance festival, in spotlighting world-class dance on its campus.
     The mission of Dance Affiliates is to advance the growth, development and
 well-being of the art of dance.  As a dance curator, Dance Affiliates nurtures
 the development of dance artists; serves as an intermediary between the
 touring artist and the local dance community; cultivates new dance audiences;
 and offers important educational and outreach services to the community,
 especially for children and youth.  Dance Affiliates is recognized as the
 region's leading presenter of contemporary dance and as one of the top five
 dance presenters in the nation through its annual series at the Annenberg
 Center, Dance Celebration/Next Move.
 
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