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I was waiting for the echo of a better day

Pam Tanowitz and Jessie Montgomery

A new commission from the Fisher Center’s Choreographer-in Residence Pam Tanowitz (SummerScape 2018’s Four Quartets) and the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award-winning composer Jessie Montgomery (whose work was featured in Bard Music Fesival’s Out of the Silence series in 2020). Performed with live music, this large-scale dance is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Hudson River and the sun setting behind the Catskill Mountains. Utilizing the full breadth of Montgomery Place’s historic parkland, I was waiting for the echo of a better day beckons us back to gather on this land and pays tribute to what came before.


Choreography Pam Tanowitz
Music Jessie Montgomery and big dog little dog

Jason Collins
Brittany Engel-Adams
Christine Flores
Zachary Gonder
Lindsey Jones
Victor Lozano
Maile Okamura
Melissa Toogood

Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth, violins
Nathan Schram, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Eleonore Oppenheim, bass

Music Arrangements, big dog little dog Eleanore Oppenheim
Filmmaker Jeremy Jacob
Lighting Design Barbara Samuels
Costume Design Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung
Sound Design Garth MacAleavey
Stage Management Betsy Ayer
Producer Caleb Hammons, Fisher Center at Bard

Associate Lighting Design Emma Deane
Cinematography Daniel Rampulla
Creative Producer, Pam Tanowitz Dance Jason Collins
Rehearsal Director, Pam Tanowitz Dance Melissa Toogood

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Film Trailer



Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Jessie Montgomery, and Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester discuss the making of the outdoor dance commission I was waiting for the echo of a better day.



All photos were taken in April 2021 by Jeremy Jacob, and feature Christine Flores, Zachary Gonder, and Maile Okamura.



Pam Tanowitz and Jessie Montgomery. Photo by Jeremy Jacob.