The Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Philadelphia will present a preview performance of newly commissioned choreography from MacArthur genius Mark Morris at Bryn Mawr on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in Goodhart Hall’s McPherson Auditorium. Dancers from the Zoriany Ukrainian Song and Dance Company from Kirovohrad, Ukraine, will also take part in the performance.
Morris has been referred to as “the most important choreographer since Balanchine.” Deeply rooted in culture and custom, Morris’ work seamlessly integrates elements drawn from traditions as diverse as Eastern European folk dance, classical ballet, and modern dance. The new work is currently being set on the Voloshky and Zoriany dancers by Morris during three weeks at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Combining the strengths of ballet with the vigor of youth, the Voloshky style is bold, powerful and dazzles with athleticism. The piece will be set to Camille Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals and features thirty-five dancers from the Ukraine and U.S. with Voloshky’s live orchestra. This commission will be the first non-traditional dance in Voloshky’s repertoire.
Free tickets to all Performing Arts Series events are available for students, faculty, and staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges.
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Tickets to individual events in the Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series cost $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are $10 for Dance Pass holders. Season subscriptions are $75 for seniors, $90 general. Tickets and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.
About the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series
Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.
Partnering in recent seasons with such organizations as the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented performances and enriching events by such luminaries and visionaries as Meredith Monk, John Waters, Il Fondamento, the Khmer Arts Ensemble of Cambodia, and Urban Bush Women.