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ELEANOR BAUER 

magically ties ballet and a bear suit

JUDITH BERKSON 

avant garde 18th century cantor art song
 

Thur, January 19, 8:30pm
Fri, January 20, 8:30pm

 

BLIND DATE 

first time ever dance and music duos 


Sat, January 21, 8:30pm

 

 


BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS
Eleanor Bauer 


An empty promise, a preemptive lament, a flirtation with expectations, a wrestling match with potential, whispering what should be shouted and singing what should be whispered, (BGDBT) is a solo on scale, volume, extreme limits and the grey areas between them; on grandeur and vulnerability, hubris and humility, visibility and subtlety; on the fragile braggadocio of living large when less is more but more is also unmistakably more.

Eleanor Bauer is an American choreographer and dancer based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in Dance, 2003) and P.A.R.T.S. (Research Cycle, 2006). Her pieces ELEANOR! (solo, 2005), At Large (trio, 2008), (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS) (solo, 2010), and A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece) (sextet, 2011), have toured internationally to critical acclaim. Her next group piece, entitled Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) will open the Kunstenfestivaldesarts at Kaaitheater in May 2012. Bauer has performed in the work of, among others, David Zambrano, Mette Ingvartsen, Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Xavier Le Roy, and Boris Charmatz. 


VOR AN SICHT
JUDITH BERKSON 


"Vor an Sicht" is a preview from Judith Berkson's forthcoming opera about Salomon Sulzer commissioned by Six Points and the Foundation for Jewish Culture. Sulzer was Vienna's chief cantor during the 19th century who radically changed synagogue music to include organ, harmony and choir; conventions of the European church. Sulzer's influence started at the newly built Stadttempel in Vienna in 1826 when he commissioned Franz Schubert to write a piece for the temple's dedication. Their friendship developed during this period of religious tolerance while Sulzer's pluralism became a lightning rod throughout central Europe. His music ultimately gained wide popularity among Jewish communities and was admired by Liszt and Meyerbeer as well as the Emperor Franz Joseph. The story follows religion's changing role in the age of enlightenment and romanticism and how music and art were used to fulfill ideals. 

Judith Berkson is a New York based soprano, pianist and composer who also performs as Liederkreis. Her latest recording ‘Oylam' (ECM) uses voice and keyboards in a similar way to her live shows where originals, Schubert lieder, standards and liturgical music share the same recital. Judith studied voice at New England Conservatory with Lucy Shelton, composition with Joe Maneri and piano with Judith Marinelli Godfrey and Viola Haas. In addition to performing new music and art song she is also a cantor.

Visit her website for an audio preview. 



Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 8:30pm
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 8:30pm


Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19106


$15 general admission / Two for $20
$10 students / dance pass 

 


BLIND DATE:
dance and music duos

 

Tristan Dahn & Kristen Shahverdian
Mark Monteith & Michele Tantoco
Melissa Dunphy & Niki Cousineau
Helena Espvall & Greg Holt
Alex Tyson & Christina Zani 


We invited ten performers - five musicians and five dancers - and paired them with someone they've never performed with. We played match maker - and were careful to take risks. What will happen? We don't exactly know. Blind Date is here to inspire a conversation. To bring the possibilities between music and dance into focus, help us understand and challenge the continuum of improvisation in performance, and to anticipate the unknown--the inherent potential for disaster and greatness that comes from this edge of inquiry. 

Saturday, January 21, 8:30pm

Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19106


$15 general admission / Two for $20
$10 students / dance pass