(Albany, NY): For the fourth consecutive year, the performing arts centers at The Egg and the University at Albany have announced that they will present Dance in Albany, a joint dance series for the 2018-19 season featuring nine performances ranging in style from classic modern and Latin contemporary to tap and hip-hop to multi-sensory movement.
Six of the performances will take place at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza with the remaining three at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown University at Albany campus. The series features the return of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico and Pilobolus Dance Theatre; the first appearance in the Capital Region by Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company; the regional introduction of the emerging contemporary companies of Abby Zbikowksi and Ephrat Asherie; two distinct programs performed by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (one in each location); and a “kathak meets tap” collaboration featuring Jason Samuels Smith and Seema Mehta.
Dance enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to each performance for $125. Subscriptions that include seven and five performances are also available at a savings of 30% and 20%, 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. Tickets go on sale on July 20.
Details of the performances are as follows:
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Thursday, September 20, 7:30 PM, $15
The Capital Region’s own dance company offers a program of repertory made in collaboration with current and past UAlbany faculty featuring original music, projected art, a live poetry reading and science inspired dance along with a premiere work to live music performed by ensemble in residence, the Capital Trio.
Paul Taylor Dance Company @ THE EGG
Friday, October 12, 8 PM, $36
Dancemaker Paul Taylor, one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, continues to shape the homegrown American art of modern dance that he has helped define since he became a pioneering choreographer in 1954. The Company returns to The Egg to perform a mix of classic and new works including Cloven Kingdom (1976), Company B (1991) and Concertiana (2018).
Ballet Hispanico @ THE EGG
Friday, October 19, 8 PM, $34
Created in 1970 to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance, Ballet Hispanico continues to be a beacon of artistic excellence and innovation, and will perform three contemporary works by some of the day’s foremost Latina choreographers – Michelle Manzanales, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Tania Pérez-Salas.
Abby Z and the New Utility @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 1, 7:30 PM, $15
Combining elements of hip-hop, punk, West African and street dance, nine dancers rip through the space performing complex sequences of extreme physicality in Abby Zbikowski’s Abandoned Playground, a hyper-kinetic contest of extreme virtuosity and daring that challenges the performers own understanding of their capabilities and endurance.
Ephrat Asherie Dance @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM, $15
Israeli-born dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie layers breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue combining the rawness of underground styles with a contemporary aesthetic in Odeon, a high-energy work set to a score by early 20th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth which melds classical romantic music with popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms.
Malpaso Dance Company @ THE EGG
Friday, March 8, 8 PM, $25
Established in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban dance, Malpaso will perform works by artistic director Osnel Delgado and celebrated choreographer Aszure Barton.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company @ THE EGG
Friday, April 12, 8 PM, $25
The always versatile resident company of The Egg performs From the mind/of a single, long vine/one hundred opening lives – a full evening work that unearths and delves into the stories emanating from nine distinctively designed “sitting structures.” Based on African form, the work carves a landscape of both vivacity and intimacy that is at turns haunting, wistful and smiling while always bold in spirit.
Pilobolus @ THE EGG
Saturday, April 27, 8 PM, $38
One of America’s most innovative and entertaining companies since 1971, Pilobolus performs Come to Your Senses – a multisensory experience featuring live on stage performances alongside transmedia digital creations exploring the connection between the human body and the analog world around us.
Rhythm Rewritten featuring Jason Samuels Smith and Seema Mehta @ THE EGG
Saturday, May 11, 8 PM, $25
Jason Samuels Smith, the electrifying American jazz hoofer and Seema Mehta, a leading exponent of Indian Kathak dance, perform Rhythm Rewritten – contrasting and ultimately fusing the two styles of movement with live music from both cultures.