Adam Weinert, The Bang Group and Jim Self Perform
Three companies take to the stage for the series premiere. One will make you think, another will make you laugh, all will leave you breathless. Join the Emelin and NYS DanceForce for a spectacular evening of dance!
This season’s Dance Off The Grid premiere is presented in partnership with The New York State DanceForce which is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance throughout the state. The evening features three world class dance companies including the performance-based artist, dancer, choreographer Adam H. Weinert, the highly rhythmic and uproariously irreverent Bang Group, and the New York City inspired solo work of Jim Self, the acclaimed multi-media artist, muse and collaborator.
Adam Weinert will perform excerpts from “Monument” that combines beautifully revived works by such legends of modern dance as Doris Humphrey, José Limón and Ted Shawn with original contemporary choreography. Witness a master recreate classic dances from the early 1920s and 30s with ingenuity, reverence, and grace.
The Bang Group will perform three works; the solo “Song & Dance” where choreographer David Parker will take the stage to sing and tap Mozart’s “Turkish March;” the amusing duet “Two Left Feet”; and the trio “Turing Tests” in which dancers use their bodies to perform the musical score “Perfect For The Bang Group,” by Dean Rosenthal.
Jim Self draws on being “40 Years a New Yorker.” Using short episodic vignettes, Self shares and reflects on what it meant, how it now occurs, and what it could be for an Alabama born man living in the Empire State.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
ADAM H. WEINERT is a performance-based artist born and raised in New York City. He began his training at The School of American Ballet, and continued on to Vassar College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, where he recently earned a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of André Lepecki. Adam has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Christopher Williams. He produced and choreographed an award-winning collection of dance ﬁlm shorts screened nationally and abroad, and his performance works have toured to four continents including a number of non-traditional dance venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Britain Museum, and The Tate Modern Museum.
“Impressive, strange, a puzzle you want to solve, a social order changing before your eyes.” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
“Weinert has the utmost respect for tradition, but is unafraid to experiment with novel ways to share his work.” – Nancy Wozny, Dance Magazine October 2015
“Fleeting, mysterious and wholly alive.” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://adamweinert.com
THE BANG GROUP was founded in 1995 by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker. It is dedicated to Parker’s love of rhythmic form and is known for its commitment to craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity. The company has toured and performed in 24 of the United States and appears internationally at festivals and venues in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Canada. It has enjoyed four seasons presented by New York Live Arts and six by its predecessor, Dance Theater Workshop, three by Danspace Project as well as several by DanceNow/NYC, Symphony Space, Harkness Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and others.
“[The] Bang Group is a dance company dedicated above all things to the sheer joy of dancing…everyone up there is revelling in the sheer fun of movement, and that joy is irresistible.” – Theatreguide.London
“It’s a perfect little dance because it’s not merely ridiculous: it has heart.” – The New York Times
“Like much good comedy in dance, it looks easy going but makes its points with needle-sharp timing.” – The Village Voice
“Choreographer David Parker has rhythm in his bones and his heart on his sleeve.” – Boston Globe
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.thebanggroup.com
JIM SELF is a multi-media artist including dance, performance, painting and photography. A Cornell University Dance faculty member from 1989 -2014, he has also has been collaborating with performance and visual artists, choreographing, and teaching since 1972 in Chicago. Credits include: dancing in Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (1976-79); collaborating with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass for the Civil Wars/Rome Opera (1984); creating with Frank Moore the film BEEHIVE and related ballet with productions in Angers/France, Boston and Cornell. Self’s former company, JIM SELF and DANCERS, toured extensively in Europe and the USA during the 1980’s. His work is featured in the films RETRACING STEPS (Michael Blackwood, 1987), JIM SELF COMES HOME (Alabama Public TV, 1986), and IN ARTIFICIAL LIGHT (Curt Royston, 1983).
“A number of strange and wonderful worlds collide, though very gently, in ‘Crankhouse.’ The work of Jim Self, the dancer and choreographer, and Frank Moore, the painter, ‘Crankhouse’ is one of those rare collaborations in which the individual contributions are inseparable. ” – The New York Times
“A distinctive Merce Cunningham dancer, a wittily fanciful choreographer and a gentle polemicist.” – The New York Times
ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.jimboself.com/