Monday, August 15, 2016

Alfred University to host dance residency

Alfred University’s Division of Performing Arts is hosting a dance residency with Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks that will feature a master dance class and two performances of an evening-length dance concert, “Some of a Thousand Words,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, in the Miller Performing Arts Theater on the University campus.
A question/answer session moderated by D. Chase Angier, artist and professor of dance at Alfred University, will follow Friday’s performance and a meet-and greet with the artists will follow Saturday’s performance. 
Tickets are available online at http://commerce.cashnet.c... or through the box office at 607-871-2828 or General admission tickets are $15, senior citizens and non-AU students are $5, and AU students are $2.
“Some of a Thousand Words” is the second collaboration between Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks featuring music by the New York-based string quartet, Brooklyn Rider. The evening includes the duet “First Fall,” which Wendy and Brian first developed for
“Restless Creature” (co-produced by The Joyce Theater in 2013). Described as "luminous" and a "tour de force" in the Boston Globe and "instantly intimate" in the Chicago Tribune, “First Fall” bears testament to the  personal friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry which emerged from these two collaborators. Existing music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyond
ai Braxton, Philip Glass,  Evan Ziporyn and a new composition from Brooklyn Rider's own Colin Jacobsen will accompany the piece.
Wendy Whelan danced for 30 years at New York City Ballet, 23 of those years as principal dancer. She has danced virtually every major Balanchine role, and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She originated leading roles in works by such notable
choreographers as William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon,
Jorma Elo, and Wayne McGregor. In 2007, Wendy was nominated for both an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances in London, of  Christopher Wheeldon’s work.
Wendy has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet and has performed on nearly every major stage across the globe. She received the Dance Magazine Award in 2007, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she received both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance.
Choreographer            Brian Brooks has recently been appointed as the inaugural Choreographer in Residence at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance. This innovative three-year
fellowship supports several commissions for Brooks each season with the first year featuring
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Miami City Ballet, as well as his own New York-based group. Brooks is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Other recent awards include a NY City Center Fellowship and the Joyce Theater’s Artist Residency.
His dance group, the Brian Brooks Moving Company, has toured nationally and internationally since 2002 with recent presentations by the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, and BAM as part of their 2013 Next Wave Festival.
This new piece is being co-commissioned by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, The Joyce Theater, The Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Modlin Center for The Arts at University of Richmond. Additional funding is provided by The Marlin and Ginger Miller Dance
Residency Program, The Herrick Gallman Fund, and Alfred University’s Division of Performing Arts and Dance Department.
This project is supported by the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.