Spring 2016 Season
This spring, the Fisher Center presents an extraordinary season of music, theater, dance, and more with some of the most adventurous performing artists of our time. Join us from January through May to explore works both classic and contemporary performed in Bard’s extraordinary Fisher Center.
May Day Dances: Faye Driscoll
Thank You For Coming: Attendance
Faye Driscoll’s acclaimed work imagines a fantastical society in which performance is both a collective and political act. As audience and performers increasingly find themselves becoming one, a beautiful and chaotic shared identity emerges.
A Bessie Award–winning choreographer and director, Faye Driscoll was one of several dance artists to exhibit at Younger Than Jesus, the New Museum’s select triennial exclusively for artists born after 1976. The New York Times has praised Driscoll as a “startlingly original talent.” Her projects have received support from a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013), a Creative Capital award (2013), The Jerome Foundation (2012–2014), and a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant (2013).
“Faye Driscoll is a postmillenium, postmodern wild woman. A wild woman with a scrupulous sense of form that she tweaks into eye-opening weirdness. Ferocious, hilarious, and disturbing . . .”
– Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
“Ms. Driscoll is fascinating in that she makes such utterly original work. It doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking it up.”
– Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times
“Faye Driscoll is the future.”
– Elizabeth Zimmer, Metro
Hear Faye Driscoll talk about her creative process on the Walker Art Center podcast, Talk Dance.
Watch an excerpt from Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance, called "Tangle."
Read Erin Search-Wells’s "overnight review" of Thank You For Coming: Attendance, "And the Space Will Be Transformed," published as part of the Walker Art Center's Re:View series.
May Day Dances: John Jasperse
Within between John Jasperse’s playful and complex dance explores emptiness and in-between places. With an original score by Jonathan Bepler and performances by four of New York City’s most remarkable modern dancers, Within between earned two Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance.
Within between incorporates a spirit of collaboration. Jasperse has stepped away from his established style to craft something completely new, with choreography created by Jasperse in collaboration with the performers: Maggie Cloud, Simon Courchel, Burr Johnson, and Stuart Singer.
“Within between is a wondrous work, made all the finer by the expertise and expressiveness of all involved. You can’t conveniently liken it to a patchwork quilt or a photo album or a collage. All the memories, styles, and structural ideas have been merged into an intriguingly original work, their diversities absorbed and re-imagined by Jasperse and the very individual performers.”
– Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat
"Mr. Jasperse has a keen eye for detail and composition; the subtle internal logic of his choreography tends to drive both sense and sensibility in his dances." – Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times
Read John Jasperse’s artist statement on the website of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Tickets: $15–20 suggested donation, free to the Bard community.
Tickets available on: Sun. May 8, 3pm
Bard College Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
The Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now side-by-side in a Mother’s Day concert. The program will include Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.
Ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund.