Fresh works from Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Lior Shneior and Project 44Schenectady, N.Y.- Now in its fourth year at Proctors, the Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance takes motion to the next level, offering an olio of challenging pieces created by today's top choreographers.
The one-day festival on April 5 is curated and led by Ellen Sinopoli, and will feature the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company along with Lior Shneior and Project 44.
New to this edition, Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance will include intimate conversations with the artists as well as light fare, including coffee and dessert.
Schneior's Little Pinks, which will open the festival, is based on an eccentric one-sided love story from 1942, written by quintessential New York scribe Damon Runyon. Schneior, an Israeli-born Berliner, has constructed the piece as a set of duets examining Runyon's imagined relationship between busboy Little Pinks and club dancer Gloria "Her Highness" Lyons.
Gierre Godley's Project 44 is an all-male Queens-based troupe with a visceral approach to choreography. His fraternity explores assumptions about contemporary male culture, including ‘king of the hill complex,' ‘little man syndrome' and other ‘vices' that men share.
Sinopoli's Speaking Duchamp-inspired by Michael Oatman and Ken Ragsdale's An Armory Show installation at The Sage College's Opalka Gallery in 2013- will close the program. The dance pays homage to Marcel Duchamp, the artist whose work made the biggest splash at the original 1913 Armory Show in NYC.
Duchamp's Cubist-inspired Nude Descending a Staircase was famously derided as an "explosion in a shingle factory." Oatman's "D'entre les Morts," two video works inspired by Duchamp's painting, serve as reference points for Sinopoli's dance, which is set to Joan Tower's dramatic "Silver Ladders." The dancers take the ascension theme into the third dimension with a rolling staircase, which itself is transformed into a sculpture in its own right.
Each performance at Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance will be preceded by an artist talk, offering unique insights and opportunities for conversation.
Michael Eck II Broadway Public Relations Liaison
Proctors & Capital Repertory Theatre
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Next Move: Festival of Modern Dance
5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5
GE Theatre at Proctors
432 State Street, Schenectady
$35, $15 students