Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields, is one of the featured works in the Purchase Dance Company’s Spring Concert at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College April 29-May 8.
Dream Support by Wallie Wolfgruber, Masquerade by Bettijane Sills and the world premiere of Rondinella, by Nelly van Bommel are the other works to be presented.
The Purchase Dance Company is the performing company of the Conservatory of Dance of the Purchase College School of the Arts. Their repertoire ranges from reconstructions to contemporary modern and classical ballet to new works created especially for them. They represent a high standard of excellence and have appeared abroad at major festivals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Amsterdam, Germany, and Beijing. In addition they have performed recently at The Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, SENSEDANCE, and Judson Church.
Sweet Fields, features choreography by Twyla Tharp. Dancers dressed in all white “delicates” perform to a 10 part score of 18th and 19th century American religious hymns from William Billings', The Sacred Heart and the Shaker tradition. The music will be performed live by the Purchase College Choir, under the direction of David Recca. In Sweet Fields, the movements are inspired by Pythagorean geometry and its related harmony and restraint with one theme evolving from another.
Dream Support, originally choreographed in 2009 and revised in 2011 for the Purchase Dance Company is part of Conservatory of Dance Director Wallie Wolfgruber’s on-going project “Sacred Things” that investigates what is truly “sacred” in our lives and includes a series of photographs and an earth installation. Set to Nico Muhly’s emotionally intense score “Mother Tongue”, Dream Support invokes notions of love and rescue and lets you experience the energy of our bodies—our universal mother tongue—in its most immediate, compelling and alive state.
Masquerade takes the audience on a spin around an imaginary ballroom spiced up with a playful mistaken identity. Choreographer Bettijane Sills was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet where she performed roles created for her by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She is a repeteteur for the Balanchine Trust and a Professor at Purchase College.
Rondinella choregraphed by Nelly van Bommel is a world premiere. Set to the music of celebrated Greek singer Savina Yannatou, the dancers bounce through jaunty episodes exploring community rituals and practices. The work reflects Van Bommel’s blend of theatricality, humor, humanity, and raw athleticism while creating an endearing micro culture of rare and tender eloquence. Selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010, and first prize winner of Ballet Austin’s renowned New American/Dance choreographic competition in 2011, Ms. van Bommel is a lecturer in dance at Purchase College and the artistic director of NØA Dance.
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