[Live Arts Bard: Commissions and Residencies]

Live Arts Bard: Commissions and Residencies

Live Arts Bard (LAB) is the Fisher Center’s commissioning and residency program. Through LAB we support artistic innovation, and provide significant resources to artists across disciplines. LAB residencies vary in length from a week to several years. This week, we're streaming three LAB commissions, including Beth Gill: Catacomb (2016), Tere O'Connor: Long Run (2017), and Nature Theater of Oklahoma: Life & Times, Episode 8 (2015).

Also on this week: our second archival opera release, Rubenstein's Demon, from SummerScape 2018, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Leon Botstein. 


2016, LUMA Theater, LAB Commission

Gill made her Fisher Center debut with this commissioned piece, an intimate, surrealist work that built on her acclaimed formalist choreography, while forging a new theatrical approach. Her LAB residency focused on re-conceiving the piece (originally made in response to the architecture of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens) for a black box theater, preparing the work for a continued life in other venues. 

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2017, LUMA Theater, LAB Commission/World Premiere

O’Connor, one of the foremost choreographers of our day, was a visiting teaching artist at Bard while also developing and premiering this new work. Long Run pushed the emotional content of O’Connor’s movement to new physical extremes, an experiment aided by the extended residency time through LAB. The work continued to develop in presentations around the country, which still continue today.

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2015, LAB Commission

LAB commissioned and developed two of the nine episodes that made up Nature Theater’s multi-medium epic, which Time Out New York called “the most ambitious theatrical undertaking of this generation.” Taking inspiration from French New Wave and early cinemascope, Episode 8 was shot primarily on Bard’s campus and the surrounding area in the summer of 2014, with support from four Bard undergrads who served as production assistants.

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2018, Sosnoff Theater, SummerScape

Rubinstein’s operatic masterpiece is based on a poem depicting the isolation and despair of a fallen angel. Premiered to great acclaim in 1871, Demon received its first fully staged U.S. performances at Bard in 2018. With rich choral writing and a fiery libretto, the production was staged by Thaddeus Strassberger and featured an all-Russian cast, Pesvebi Georgian Dancers and The American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Botstein.

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