THE EGG AND UALBANY PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS RETURN WITH EXPANDED JOINT DANCE SERIES IN 2017-18
(Albany, NY): For the third consecutive year, the performing arts centers at The Egg and the University at Albany have announced that they will present a joint dance series for the 2017-18 season, expanding to offer ten performances featuring contemporary, classical and international dance companies.
The series will include seven fully staged shows at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza including performances by the Tango Fire, Collage Dance Collective, Bridgman/Packer Dance, Dublin Irish Dance, MOMIX and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo as well as the annual concert by its resident, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.
Three stripped down, up close and personal “In The Raw” performances at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown University at Albany campus will feature 10 Hairy Legs, Raphael Xavier and RUBBERBANDance Group.
The performances and community outreach by the companies in this year’s series are partially funded by the New York State DanceForce with support from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.
Dance enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to each performance and pay only $175, saving 35% off the single ticket prices. Subscriptions that include eight and six performances are also available at a savings of 25% and 15%, respectively. Tickets may be purchased at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, by telephone – 518-473-1845 – or on line: http://www.theegg.org.
Details of the performances are as follows:
Tango Fire – Saturday, September 30, 8 PM, $34: Featuring twelve spectacular dancers and a quartet of brilliant musicians, this fiery ensemble from Buenos Aires combines the rawness and sophistication with the seductive and sultry sides of Tango, artfully tracing its origins from the streets of Argentina through its evolution into today’s ballroom styles.
10 Hairy Legs – Thursday, October 12, 7:30pm, $15: Founded in 2012 by Randy James, this all-male repertory dance company performs existing and newly commissioned works which celebrate and explore the tremendous technical and emotional range of today’s male dancer.
Collage Dance Collective – Friday, October 20, 8 PM, $28: Led by Artistic Director and former principal dancer of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Kevin Thomas, this ten year old company from Memphis performs a diverse range of classical and contemporary ballet. Presented in cooperation with Union College and made possible by a gift from Gus and Sue Davis, class of ’59 in memory of their daughter Stephanie
Raphael Xavier: Points of Interest – Tuesday, November 7, 7:30pm, $15: Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2016, this alumnus of world renowned hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, is creating new ways to expand the vocabulary of the break dance form. In his newest work, he tackles the natural, humorous and, at times, painful change of the maturing Breaker. This presentation is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bridgman/Packer Dance – Friday, February 16, 8 PM, $28: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer present their innovative “Video Partnering” choreography— the integration of performance and video technology that has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and the virtual.
Dublin Irish Dance Company – Tuesday, March 6, 7 PM, $34: World champion step dancers, accompanied by an accomplished band of Celtic musicians, journey from rural Ireland to America where ancient Celtic melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating the foundation for tap dance and early roots music.
MOMIX – Friday, March 16, 8 PM, $34: Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, this innovative company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with its signature style creating dynamic images of the desert in the work “Opus Cactus.”
RUBBERBANDance Group – Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, $15: Merging the fresh pulse of street dancing with the acute aesthetics of contemporary dance, artistic director Victor Quijada’s works explore human relations, focusing particularly on the passion of obsession, the brutality of violence and the delicacy needed for tragedy and comedy.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Friday, April 20, 8 PM, $34: Presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, this company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, have established themselves as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. Presented in cooperation with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to benefit the SPAC 2018 Ballet Season
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company – Friday, May 4, 8 PM, $25: A creative tour-de-force for over a quarter century, Ellen Sinopoli’s dance partners range from painters and sculptors, musicians, poets, and storytellers to photographers and physicists. Expect a mix of audience favorites and new works performed by her company of compelling, athletic and versatile dancers.