On December 11, 12, and 13, Purchase College, “one of the country’s most highly regarded dance conservatories,” according to the New York Times, will present the Purchase Dance Company in a diverse program ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary modern dances, including new works created especially for the Company by acclaimed choreographers.
Members of the Purchase Dance Company, students chosen from the highly competitive BFA program, will perform José Limón’s Suite from A Choreographic Offering (1964) as part of the world-wide celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Limón Dance Company. Contemporary works on the program include Kimberly Bartosik’s 10/20 (2014), Brian Enos’ Bloom (2014), and Sleeping Where I Stumble, a new work from faculty member Kevin Wynn, which will be performed again during Black History Month with live music and a 70 person choir.
Performances will take place on Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m.
“We are excited to give our tremendously talented students the opportunity to perform these challenging works and stretch themselves as dancers. Their training and exposure to classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge choreography uniquely prepares them for successful careers with a wide-range of companies,” said Nelly van Bommel, Director of Dance at Purchase College.
All performances will take place at The Pepsico Theatre at The Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20. Discounted tickets are available for seniors and the campus community. Purchase tickets by calling (914) 251-6200, in person at the box office, or by visiting www.artscenter.org.
About the Works
José Limón’s: Suite from a Choreographic Offering
Created in 1964 in memory of his mentor, Doris Humphrey, this piece is set to J.S. Bach’s ” A Musical Offering,” and based on movements and motifs from Humphrey’s dances.
Brian Enos: Bloom
This mesmerizing contemporary ballet piece is an enigmatic yet entrancing work, with a narrative as eerie as a fairytale and as ethereal as a dream.
Kimberly Bartosik: 10/20
A reprise of a work she created especially for Purchase Dance Company last fall, this dynamic and poetic piece is dedicated to the memory of Bartosik’s mother who passed away unexpectedly during the creative process.
Kevin Wynn: Premiere of Sleeping Where I Stumble
Faculty member Kevin Wynn (Dance) and collaborator Pete Malinverni (Music) will present the first installment of a new work based on the prose of James Weldon Johnson. Featuring 26 students from the Conservatory of Dance, the work builds upon a non-linear sequence of narratives pertaining to life and spirituality. There will also be an evocative soundscape from noted composer Luna Reyes.
About The Conservatory of Dance and Purchase College, SUNY
The Conservatory of Dance in the School of the Arts at Purchase College is one of only a handful of programs in the world where dancers can learn what it means to be a dance professional. The BFA program features rigorous training in classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance, a faculty of renowned professionals, and proximity to New York City dance companies and choreographers. Purchase boasts an award-winning dance building and opportunities to perform in the world-renowned Performing Arts Center.
Purchase alumni perform with many of the foremost contemporary modern and ballet dance companies in the world. They also teach, direct, choreograph major productions, and have founded their own companies all around the globe.
About Purchase College–SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College–SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu