Hilary Easton + Company presents its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere of The Constructors, a richly animated evening-length work for five dancers, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, now through May 20, 2012.
The Constructors, set to original music by Mike Rugnetta and lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann, reflects upon the nature of collaborative experience--chronicling the satisfactions and challenges in the act of “dancing together.” With an adroit choreographic structure, The Constructors presents a series of related kinetic tasks that lead to an increasingly layered and interrelated social fabric. The Constructors continues Ms. Easton’s career-long fascination with the open-ended conversation between performer, work of art, and viewer; the most compelling act of construction is the one established between these three entities.
In celebration of the company’s milestone anniversary, Ms. Easton also will premiere a new solo for herself, The Heart is Like a Toboggan, with costume created by her longtime collaborator, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. The Heart is Like a Toboggan will be performed Thursday and Friday nights only (May 17 & 18).
Thanks to a generous grant from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, a post-performance presentation/dialogue detailing the making of The Constructors with Hilary Easton and the dancers, Alexandra Albrecht, Michael Ingle, Joshua Palmer, Emily Pope-Blackman, and Sarah Young, will take place on Sunday, May 20th at 2pm. This event is free and open to audience members who attended any of the four performances.
Hilary Easton + Company will perform from May 17-20 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Howard Gilman Performance Space, 450 West 37th Street. Performances begin at 7:30pm, Thursday-Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at smarttix.com or 212-686-4444.
The Constructors was made possible, in part, with support from The Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.