The 2013-14 season of the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series continues in February with glacier from New York based Liz Gerring Dance Company. Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times included the work in his “Dance Favorites for 2013,” and describes the piece as “an enthralling and important new dance work,” that “proves not only absorbing but also moving.”
The performance takes place Friday, February 28, at 8 p.m. in Goodhart Hall at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Liz Gerring Dance Company’s glacier is an evening-length choreographic work for eight dancers based on composer Michael J. Schumacher’s 2007-2012 work Glacier. This Philadelphia-area premiere is the work’s first public presentation since its September 2013 world premiere in Montclair, commissioned by Peak Performances. Larger in scale and choreographically more complex than her previous works, glacier signals a major new step for choreographer Liz Gerring.
“I began making glacier with a series of gestures,” says Gerring. “The simple strung movements, initially of hands and arms, transposing my ideas to a sequence of images. Gradually the work unfolded, gestures expanding into fuller body realizations, into a layering of movement as it gathered momentum. I really felt simultaneously both the solidity and the evanescence inside the sound score as we developed the work.”
In glacier, Gerring joyfully recalls the prairie land of her ancestors, where space is endless, mysterious and radiant with possibility, inviting the imagination of the audience. Though still defined by meticulous athleticism and rigor resonant with emotional and sensual theatricality, Gerring’s choreography in glacier is more complex and incorporates light instead of visual art or film to illuminate her ideas. In addition to Schumacher’s score, the stunning minimalist set and lighting is by Robert Wierzel and costumes are made by Marion Talan.
Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series Coordinator Lisa Kraus notes, “Gerring’s work – athletic but subtle, meticulous but daring – represents an important choreographic voice that we are excited to bring to the Philadelphia area.”
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. Group sales are available by calling 610-526-5210.
Closing the season in March is master cellist Jennifer Koh’s inspiring Bach and Beyond recital, featuring Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas, as well as works by modern day composers.
ABOUT THE LIZ GERRING DANCE COMPANY
Liz Gerring has been working as a choreographer in New York since 1993. Since its inception in NYC in 1998, The Liz Gerring Dance Company has been exploring non-narrative, abstract movement, often derived from natural gesture. Works are characterized by their intense physicality and intricate choreography. Movement is evolved from cause and effect rather than storytelling, and framed by independent media elements – often a multi-channel sound score, or video set design.
The company is noted for its close collaboration with contemporary visual artists and a longtime association with electronic music composer Michael J. Schumacher. In 2001 Gerring and Schumacher founded the non-profit TonalMotion Inc., dedicated to the creation and presentation of movement & sound art. Its activities include Diapason Gallery and Liz Gerring Dance Company. Liz Gerring Dance Company has presented work at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, The Connelly Theater, The Kitchen, Engine 27 and other venues. The Company currently numbers nine dancers including Liz Gerring herself, and regularly presents performances in venues throughout New York City and beyond.
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.
The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support from The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld ’69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld ’69. Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.
The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support for its 2013-14 season from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.