Visiting Artist | February 1- 13, 2017
New Work for Goldberg Variations (working title)
New Work for Goldberg Variations is an evening-length piece for piano and a sextet of dancers, inspired by and set to the live performance of Bach’s iconic score, performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Dinnerstein, one of the foremost interpreters of the Goldberg Variations in recent years, brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding score to the project; Tanowitz’s choreography will deconstruct classical movement vocabularies and expand these movements to highlight tension and emotion in new ways.
Tanowitz is an artist who continues to mine the canon of classical vocabularies as a fully post-modern experimentalist. Her MANCC residency will focus on developing a movement vocabulary for New Work for Goldberg Variations. Exploring performing rituals, mining codified techniques in an unusually layered contemporary collage and imbued with rich, mysterious undertones, the work plays with narrative and abstraction, and formality and immediacy, creating a progression of images that dissolve and reappear throughout the work’s path.
This residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Collaborators in Residence: Simone Dinnerstein [Pianist], Maile Okamura [Costume Designer], Maggie Cloud, Lindsey Jones, Jason Collins, Christine Flores [Dancers]