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The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Catacomb

A Live Arts Bard Commissioned Performance by Choreographer Beth Gill,
“a choreographer with an uncommon eye for formal composition” – The New Yorker
 

Eleanor Davis
845-758-7512
edavis@bard.edu
09-27-2016
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Bessie Award–winning choreographer Beth Gill
makes her Fisher Center debut with Catacomb, a dance performance inspired by the imagination and subconscious, on Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the LUMA Theater. Tickets are $25; $10 for students with ID. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office (845) 758-7900.

Together with long-time collaborators Thomas Dunn, lighting designer and Jon Moniaci, Gill creates an intimate, surrealist space, building on the formalism of her past several works (Electric Midwife, New Work for the Desert). An exploration of the subconscious built with a company of distinctive dancers, Catacomb invites audiences to inhabit a dreamlike, sensory-rich world for an immersive act of witnessing.
 
In the New York Times, Gia Kourlas wrote of the work’s New York premiere, “These dancers are like electrical currents, and Ms. Gill, with her usual deft sensitivity, tunes us in to their vibrations.”
 
Catacomb is performed by Maggie Cloud, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Stuart Singer and Marilyn Maywald Yahel, with live music by Moniaci, and costumes by Baille Younkman.

Watch a  video preview here. 
Download photo here.

Photo Credit:
Beth Gill's Catacomb
Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
LUMA Theater | The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College 
fishercenter.bard.edu | 845-758-7900 | Photo by Brian Rogers

Catacomb: Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.

in the LUMA Theater. Tickets are $25; $10 for students with ID. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office (845) 758-7900.
 
Beth Gill is a choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. Gill has been commissioned by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her performances have toured nationally and internationally including Fusebox (TX), The Nazareth College Dance Festival (NY) and Dance Umbrella (UK). Gill is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015-2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an inaugural member of The Hatchery Project, a 2015–16 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist in Residence, and a 2013–15 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the juried awardfor the choreographer exhibiting some of the most interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today.” In 2012 Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch. Gill is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been a guest artist and teacher at Bard College, Barnard College, Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, Arizona State University, NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival.
 
Thomas Dunn, based in New York City, designs lighting throughout United States and abroad. He has collaborated with Beth Gill previously on Portrait Study and New Work for the Desert (2014 Bessie nomination). Other selected design credits includes works with Wally Cardona, Steve Cosson/The Civilians, Annie Dorsen, DD Dorvillier/human future dance corp, Daniel Fish, Trajal Harrell, Jennifer Lacey, Noémie Lafrance/Sens Production, Ong Keng Sen/TheatreWorks Singapore and Jay Scheib/NYCO. Thomas is the recipient of a 2009 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for The Little Dog Laughed (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and a 2007 Bessie for DD Dorvillier’s Nottthing Is Importanttt (The Kitchen).
 
Jon Moniaci is a composer, performer, and computer programmer. Interested in improvisation and live electro-acoustic performance, he has collaborated extensively with dance and performance makers. A frequent collaborator with choreographer Beth Gill, his score for her dance Electric Midwife received a Bessie New York Dance and Performance Award. He has also worked with Chase Granoff, Andrew Dinwiddie, Jeff Larson, Peter Kerlin, Anna Sperber, Marissa Perel, Alex Escalante, Mark Jarecke, Dean Moss and Peter Jacobs. He plays music with Stephen Rush and Chris Peck in their project Crystal Mooncone. Their upcoming record, Escape Cone Listening BeamV, will be released by Innova Records in the fall of 2016.
 
 
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is the interdisciplinary residency and commissioning program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. LAB creates a community of professional artists and students who develop work side by side, inspiring one another to create and experiment. LAB provides studio and stage time, research resources and dramaturgy, production support, and essential funding to a wide range of professional artists and ensembles.
 
Named for the late Richard B. Fisher, former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees, the Fisher Center has become an influential force in performing arts programming, earning critical acclaim for innovative productions of opera, orchestral and chamber music, dance, and theater programs. The Center was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry and distinguished acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and has received international praise for its breathtaking architecture and superb sound.
Each summer the Fisher Center presents Bard SummerScape, seven weeks of performing arts programs reflecting the life and times of the featured composer of the esteemed Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 27th year. Fall and spring seasons include original productions, special one-night-only concerts, and touring artists from around the globe.
The Fisher Center is home to the Bard College Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, providing students access to exceptional theater facilities and opportunities to work with professional directors and dramaturges on publicly attended productions throughout the year. The Bard College Conservatory of Music and Bard College Music Program stage regular orchestral and chamber concerts.
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This event was last updated on 09-27-2016

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