For the fifth 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 featuring nine performances for the 2019-20 season. The series offers a spectrum of works with many by choreographers who have been creating for multiple decades to those who are in the early stages of their choreographic careers.
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 area premiere of a new dance form called Flexn; the first Capital Region appearance of Jade Solomon Curtis (formerly of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater) and Kyle Marshall (currently of Tricia Brown Dance Company) showcasing their own choreography; premiere work by The Egg’s resident dance company to live music; and the return of several audience favorites who are about to celebrate or have just celebrated major anniversaries.
Dance enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase a package with a ticket to each performance for $120, a savings of almost 40% the individual prices. Subscriptions that include six and four performances are also available at a savings of 25% and 15%, respectively. Subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased through The Egg Box Office starting July 1 in person at the Empire State Plaza location, by telephone at (518) 473-1845 or on line at www.theegg.org.
Details of the performances are as follows:
Jade Solomon Curtis/Solo Magic at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm, $10-$20
This celebrated dance artist and choreographer integrates classical and African-American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. Through the lens of a contemporary black woman, her works ponder tradition, reinvention, social justice and social constructs. Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word N████ is her multidisciplinary evening length work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community.
Philadanco at The Egg
Friday, October 25 at 8pm; $28
Celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, this well-known company of superbly trained dancers will perform works spanning their nearly 50 years as one of America’s premiere modern dance ensembles.
Parsons Dance at The Egg
Friday, November 8 at 8pm; $28
Known for their remarkable technique and stunning ensemble work, these dancers flawlessly fuse the gestures and movements that comprise modern choreography with the discipline and precision of a classical company. In addition to works by David Parsons (Round My World, Nascimento and their signature piece Caught), the company will perform Paul Taylor’s Runes and Trey McIntyre’s Eight Women.
Kyle Marshall Choreography at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm; $10-$20
Creating works lauded as technically accomplished, witty and immensely engaging, this current Tricia Brown Dance Company member has been winning major awards for his own choreography, works that aim to deepen our knowledge of who we are as individuals as well as how we develop relationships and ultimately societies. The dancing body is envisioned as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration.
Flex Ave. at The Egg
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm; $20
“Flexn” was developed from various Jamaican street styles into a distinct art form that is spreading across the globe. This show uses that vocabulary in both group choreography and solo improvisational works – all set to a continuous mix of reggae, hip hop and pop music – to provide social commentary, sparked by both personal experience and current events.
Garth Fagan Dance at The Egg
Friday, March 27 at 8pm; $28
Known around the world for his groundbreaking choreography in Broadway’s The Lion King, Garth Fagan is widely acknowledged as the architect of a distinct new movement style and one of the most dynamic and original artists working in the field today. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company will perform a retrospective program demonstrating their creative heart and soul.
David Dorfman Dance at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm; $10-$20
For more than 30 years, this multi-award winning choreographer has been creating innovative, inclusive and movement-based performance that is radically humanistic. A(Way) Out Of My Body explores where our minds and spirits travel when the weight of everyday life becomes an unbearable load to carry. It investigates the out-of-body experience as related to intergenerational trauma as well as the mental burden and physical impact of surviving personal adversity.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at The Egg
Friday, May 9 at 8pm; $25
A creative tour-de-force for over a quarter century, The Egg’s resident company of compelling, athletic and versatile dancers will perform a program of diverse, innovative and premiere works accompanied by live music performed by cellist Ashley Bathgate and the Capital Trio, ensemble in residence at UAlbany.
Doug Varone and Dancers at The Egg
Saturday, June 12 at 8pm; $28
Inspired by West Side Story, this company that encompasses movement, theatre, opera and film will perform a purely abstract work re-imagining Leonard Bernstein’s score. Concentrating solely on the choreographic energy generated by its sounds and musical structure, they will craft new dances, askew and off-kilter in form and vocabulary, to create a unique physical and visual environment.
The engagement by Jade Solomon Curtis 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. Presented in conjunction with UAlbany’s 400 Years of Inequality Commemoration with support provided by the Diversity Transformation Fund through UAlbany’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Support also provided by University Auxiliary Services.
The performance by Philandanco is 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 and funded through the Mid-Atlantic Tours program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Support for the performance by Kyle Marshall Choreography is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State DanceForce/Bessies Residency Fund, Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Yellen Foundation.
Garth Fagan Dance’s performance is made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The performance by Doug Varone and Dancers is made possible by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family and the Office of Special Programs at Skidmore College as part of the Stewart’s Signature Series.