Bard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts
Live Arts Bard (LAB), the Fisher Center’s residency and commissioning program, is a laboratory for professional artists in theater, dance, and performance to test ideas and develop new projects, many of which premiere at the Fisher Center. Each year, LAB invites a number of artists and ensembles from the United States and abroad to be in residence on Bard’s campus.
Tickets: $15–20, $5 for students with I.D.
Community picnic to follow on the Sosnoff lawn. Bring your own picnic and blanket, or sample the offerings available on-site for purchase.
Tickets available on: Sun. October 2, 3 pm
Storyhorse Documentary Theater
Written by Jeremy Davidson
Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson
Presented in collaboration with the National Young Farmers Coalition
"Each seed has a story. Cultural stories. Drama. Romance. Tragedy. History . . . and every time you plant a seed you're going to become part of that story . . . So it's important to know where our seeds come from. Who's growing them. And which stories we're growing in our own backyards."
— Ken Greene, the Hudson Valley Seed Library
Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson document the lives of Hudson Valley farmers in this latest play from Tivoli-based Storyhorse Documentary Theater. Good Dirt is a multimedia performance based on interviews with six farm families, illustrating the fragility of our agricultural heritage and the need for engagement and investment in its present and future. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the farmers portrayed on stage, and a community picnic with offerings from many local businesses whose products celebrate the bounty of Hudson Valley farms.
The farms in this piece include the Hudson Valley Seed Library (Accord), Denison Farm (Schaghticoke), Green Goats (Red Hook), Soul Fire Farm (Grafton), Tello’s Green Farm (Coxsackie), and Northwind Farms (Tivoli).
Choreography by Beth Gill Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill makes her Fisher Center debut with a LAB-commissioned, intimate performance inspired by the imagination and subconscious. The dancers—a symbiotic pair with a mysterious and ever-present bond, a lone heroic female, an observer, and an otherworldly presence—inhabit a dreamlike, sensory-rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. Gill creates an intimate, surrealist work that builds on her acclaimed formalist choreography, while forging a new theatrical approach. Performed by Maggie Cloud, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Stuart Singer, and Marilyn Maywald Yahel.
Lighting by Thomas Dunn
Music by Jon Moniaci
"These dancers are like electrical currents, and Ms. Gill, with her usual deft sensitivity, tunes us in to their vibrations."—New York Times
Catacomb is cocommissioned by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, The Chocolate Factory, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Catacomb was made possible by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; it is supported, in part, by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program and a 2015 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. General operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Catacomb was made possible in part with a research and development residency and coproduction support by The Hatchery Project, a multi-year collaborative residency partnership between The Chocolate Factory Theater, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, RED Arts and Vermont Performance Lab with lead support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional residency support was provided by Gibney Dance Center’s Dance in Process program, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and by a Creative Laboratory residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University.