Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet
An excerpt from Heaven on Ones Head performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet
Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet
Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet
Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, and has received commissions and residencies at the Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process program, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. The company has also performed in the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and the Chicago Dancing Festival. Tanowitz received a 2009 Bessie Award for the dance Be in the Gray With Me at Dance Theater Workshop. She was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and a 2013–14 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has been guest choreographer at The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Barnard College, SUNY Purchase, and Marymount Manhattan College. This year, Tanowitz was chosen to participate in the American Ballet Theatre’s Innovation Initiative Choreography Workshop and the Evelyn Sharp/Cal Arts Residency. Her work is in the repertory of New York Theatre Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Additional awards include two Joyce Theater residency grants, Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Grants to Artists Award, and support from the Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant and LMCC. Tanowitz is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber.
The FLUX Quartet, “one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around” (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle), has premiered new works and performed to rave reviews in venues ranging from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall to maverick art houses such as EMPAC, The Kitchen, and the Walker Art Center as well as international music festivals in Australia, Europe, and the Americas. The group’s discography includes recordings on the Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, Tzadik, and Cold Blue Music labels, in addition to two critically acclaimed releases on Mode Records. Strongly influenced by the irreverent spirit and anything-goes philosophy of the Fluxus art movement, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX in the late ’90s. The quartet has since cultivated an uncompromising repertoire that follows neither fashions nor trends, but rather combines yesterday’s seminal iconoclasts with tomorrow’s new voices. As part of its mission to support future musical pioneers, FLUX actively commissions and has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Chamber Music America, and Meet the Composer. The spirit to expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet, and thus the quartet avidly pursues projects with genre-transcending artists working in mixed media. These artistic synergies have led to acclaimed new works with experimental balloon musician Judy Dunaway, choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon, and digital art pioneers OpenEndedGroup. Most recently, FLUX appeared both on film and the soundtrack of River of Fundament, the latest cinematic work by visionary artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler. Previously performing at Bard SummerScape in 2010, FLUX is thrilled to return for this summer’s festival.
Reid Bartelme began his professional life as a dancer. He worked for ballet companies throughout North America and Canada, and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has also performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, and Kyle Abraham. He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer. Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Trey McIntyre, Jack Ferver, Jillian Peña, and Liz Santoro. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Jodi Melnick, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham.
Pauline Kim Harris is a Grammy-nominated artist who engages in both classical and the experimental/avant-garde. She recorded John Zorn’s tour de force solo violin work Passagen in 2012, which she then performed live for a duet created by choreographer Pam Tanowitz at the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Chicago Dance Company in 2013. As first violinist of the Alchemy Quartet, she toured Europe and the United States with the string quartet’s Zorn@60 concert celebration, and served as music director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for several tours in the United States and abroad. She is a member of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, OBSq, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the “enterprising violin duo” String Noise. Most recently she performed as a soloist in the live screening of There Will Be Blood with Jonny Greenwood and the Wordless Music Orchestra at the United Palace Theatre. She will be releasing her first feature album, /SHäkôn/. She was in the final masterclass of Jascha Heifetz.
Hailed as a pianist with “heroic vigor,” Brooklyn-based Michael Scales has performed as a soloist and chamber musician for dance across the country and internationally. An advocate of new art, Scales has been involved in the process and performance of multiple new works of music and choreography. He has served as music director and pianist at New York Theatre Ballet for the past five seasons, and can also be seen at many dance institutions around New York City. Scales has a master of music degree from James Madison University, where he studied under Lori Piitz, and a B.A. from Kutztown University, where he studied under Maria Asteriadou.
Andrew Champlin grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he started to train in classical dance at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT). After dancing professionally with OBT as an apprentice, Champlin continued his dance training on full scholarship at The School of American Ballet in New York City, where he studied the Balanchine technique under the direction of Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo. Champlin holds a B.A. from Eugene Lang College at The New School University. As a professional dancer he studies with internationally renowned ballet teacher Janet Panetta and former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company through the Merce Cunningham Trust. Champlin has had the pleasure of working with numerous choreographers in the field of contemporary art and dance, such as Pam Tanowitz, Miguel Gutierrez, David Gordon, Wally Cardona, Todd Williams, David Parker, Christopher Williams, Ryan McNamara, Jillian Peña, and Xavier Le Roy, among others. In addition to performing, Champlin teaches ballet technique and assists Panetta in New York City and abroad.
Maggie Cloud is a New York–based dancer and teacher originally from Sarasota, Florida. Since completing her B.F.A. at Florida State University, she has performed in works by several artists, including Lauren Bakst, Kim Brandt, Ellen Cornfield, Diana Crum, Moriah Evans, John Jasperse, Burr Johnson, Jen McGinn, Sarah Michelson, Pam Tanowitz, Gillian Walsh, and Emily Wexler.
Dylan Crossman grew up under the Mediterranean sun and studied in rainy London at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He moved to New York eight years ago and worked for choreographers Wally Cardona, Christopher Williams, Peter Kyle, and Seán Curran while managing a Turkish restaurant. Crossman joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and was part of the Legacy Tour, enjoying every second of it. Now freelance, Crossman works with Pam Tanowitz, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Sally Silvers, Ryan McNamara, and Brian Brooks Moving Company. He received a Bessie Award for his work in Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray With Me. Kid Birds, a project for which he was the teacher/choreographer, won the 2014 Artistic and Cultural Audacity Award (France). He is a part-time faculty member at Purchase College and for the Merce Cunningham Trust. Crossman is a New York Live Arts associate artist.
Sarah Haarmann grew up in Macungie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in dance. Since graduation, Haarmann has performed works by Pam Tanowitz, Elena Vazintaris, Dylan Crossman, and Jessica Lang, with whom she currently dances. She has participated in and is currently performing, on scholarship, in repertory workshops sponsored by the Merce Cunningham Trust. Haarmann is incredibly grateful to Pam Tanowitz for this performance opportunity.
Lindsey Jones is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated with a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College and also attended London Contemporary Dance School. Jones has performed with Dance Heginbotham, Pam Tanowitz Dance, GREYZONE, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, Rosario/Adriane Lee, Samuel Swanton, and Lauren Camp. She was recently featured in two of Isaac Mizrahi’s theatrical productions: as “The Cat” in Peter and the Wolf and in The Magic Flute with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Vincent McCloskey began his dance training at The Washington School of Ballet, and continued his studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, and at The Construction Company with Carolyn Lord. In addition to performing in the work of Pam Tanowitz since 2010, he currently dances with Patricia Hoffbauer, and has worked with many choreographers, including Rebecca Lazier, Karole Armitage, Lucinda Childs, Dusan Tynek, Mark Morris, and Peter Kyle.
Stuart Singer is a Brooklyn-based performer and teacher. A recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer, he is currently developing new projects with John Jasperse, Beth Gill, Gwen Welliver, Joanna Kotze, and Andrew Ondrejcak, and has recently worked with Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson, Wally Cardona, Doug Varone, Yanira Castro, Mollye Maxner, Netta Yerushalmy, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He is a currently a guest lecturer in dance at Princeton University, and has also taught on faculty at Bard College, Bennington College, SUNY Purchase College, and the American Dance Festival. Originally from western Massachusetts, he is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Singer has been making dances with Pam Tanowitz since 2014.
Melissa Toogood joined Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2006–08, returning in 2012 to also serve as rehearsal director and assistant to the choreographer for numerous projects. Toogood was nominated for an Outstanding Performer Bessie Award in 2013 for her role in Tanowitz’s The Spectators as well as Rashaun Mitchell’s Interface. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the Legacy Tour. She has taught Cunningham technique since 2007 and was a 2013 and 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. She has performed with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Sally Silvers, Kimberly Bartosik, and Stephen Petronio Company, and tapped with The Bang Group. Toogood is currently working with Mitchell and Silas Riener, and continues to be a guest with the Petronio Company. A native of Sydney, Australia, Melissa earned a B.F.A. in dance performance from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She was listed in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2014.
Ashley Tuttle was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre (ABT) at the age of 16. As a prima ballerina with ABT, Tuttle’s career spanned 17 years. Her repertoire included works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Jií Kylián, Mark Morris, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, and William Forsythe. While maintaining her career with ABT, Tuttle joined the acclaimed Twyla Tharp Dance (TTD) in 2000. During Tuttle’s time with TTD, Tharp created the hit Broadway show Movin’ Out and the role of Judy for her. Tuttle’s interpretation of this role earned her nominations for both Tony and Fred Astaire Dance Awards. Tuttle’s recent works include Tharp’s Come Fly Away on Broadway, Metropolitan Opera House’s Carmen, and guest performances with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pam Tanowitz Dance, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. She continues to dance as a guest artist throughout the world. Tuttle has been a volunteer ballet teacher at Groove With Me, a Harlem-based dance school focused on children at risk. She also teaches ballet at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, The School at Steps, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Princeton University, and Barnard College. Tuttle was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Wofford College in 2011.
Bard SummerScape Presents
Pam Tanowitz Dance & FLUX Quartet“The dance steps, phrases and constructions by the choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today.”
Bard SummerScape 2015 presents the Fisher Center debut of New York’s Pam Tanowitz Dance this summer, showcasing the choreography of Bessie Award-winner Pam Tanowitz. A triple bill, the program features the world premiere of Tanowitz’s Untitled (solo for Ashley Tuttle), set to music by Mexico’s Carlos Chávez – subject of the 2015 Bard Music Festival – and danced by former American Ballet Theatre principal Ashley Tuttle. Bookending the new work are two of Tanowitz’s most recent ensemble pieces, Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy) and Heaven on One’s Head, named “Among 2014’s Best” by the New York Times, with live music from FLUX Quartet, which “has brought a new renaissance to string quartet music” (Village Voice).
Pam Tanowitz has proven herself “the wittiest choreographer since Mark Morris” (New York Times). Offering an unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical and modern dance vocabulary, her work is marked by its “sharp, off-kilter energy [and] strange skewed beauty” (Dance Magazine). Since founding Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, she has been recognized with the 2009 Bessie Award, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2013-14 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.Meet the Artists:
Post-performance conversation June 27
Pre-performance talk June 28 at 2 pm
June 28, 2015 at 3 pm
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