Preview of a new collaborative piece by 2013-14 Hodder Fellow Pam Tanowitz and FLUX Quartet
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present “Borrowed Structures: Pam Tanowitz and FLUX Quartet,” the preview of a new collaborative work created by 2013-14 Hodder Fellow Pam Tanowitz and the string ensemble, FLUX Quartet, on Monday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street. The performance will preview this yet untitled new work before its New York premiere at the Joyce Theater in February. Refreshments will be available prior to the performance beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
This new collaborative work has been in process over the past several months and is being further developed and rehearsed at Princeton where Tanowitz and FLUX will be in residence during the week of October 28. Professional dancers from Pam Tanowitz Dance, the company that Tanowitz founded in 2000 and which includes former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members Melissa Toogood and Dylan Crossman, will perform the piece, which is set to “String Quartets 1 and 3” by composer Conlon Nancarrow.
“The dance mirrors and comments on the music as it weaves solos, duets, and trios into dense melodies, creating space and counterpoint as it unfolds, glimpsing aspects of narrative through the use of an emotionally charged score,” notes Tanowitz. Working with FLUX Quartet during the residency is intended to allow the dancers to gain a deeper knowledge of the complex musical score, taking the work to a new level of precision.
Tanowitz is an award-winning choreographer and a current Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of a 2009 Bessie Award for Be in the Gray With Me, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received commissions and residencies at The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process program, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. Tanowitz holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the Ohio State University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College.
Tanowitz notes that in her work she seeks to embrace the past rather than search for innovation separate from what came before, finding the contemporary relevance in antiquated steps and seeing direct links to the ways people move, express and relate in the present day. “I am totally fascinated with these connections,” she explains, “and am able to turn a familiar lexicon into bizarre, distorted movement that still feels at the same time hauntingly familiar, and also relevant.”
As one of four Hodder Fellows chosen this year from an applicant pool of over 1,000 emerging artists, Tanowitz has been provided funding to continue creating new work and invited to be an active member of the artistic community at the University. She will also be working with students on the creation of short, new, solo works and will create a “collage” of her works for students to perform at the annual Spring Dance Festival in February.
The FLUX Quartet is a string ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. The group is made up of violinists Tom Chiu and Conrad Harris; violist Max Mandel; and cellist Felix Fan. FLUX is renowned for its performance of Morton Feldman’s six-hour string quartet from 1993 and has paved the way for younger quartets focusing on similar repertoire. The quartet has performed at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center, among many other venues, and has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck programs, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. Its recordings include a new CD of Feldman’s work from MODE Records, and other composer compilations on the Tzadik, Innova, Cantaloupe, and Cold Blue Music labels.
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Photo caption 1: Award-winning choreographer and 2013-14 Hodder Fellow Pam Tanowitz
Photo credit 1: Photo by Brad Paris
Photo caption 2: Members of FLUX Quartet
Photo credit 2: Courtesy of FLUX Quartet