Juilliard Dances Repertory presents repertory works by acclaimed choreographers Murray Louis, Juilliard alumnus Paul Taylor, and William Forsythe, Wednesday, April 3 - Sunday, April 7, in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Juilliard dancers perform Four Brubeck Pieces by Murray Louis; Sunset by Paul Taylor; and One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe. Performances take place on Wednesday, April 3, Thursday, April 4, Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, at 8 PM, with a Sunday matinee on April 7 at 3 PM, in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Four Brubeck Pieces (1984), choreographed by Murray Louis with music by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, is staged by Alberto Del Saz with assistance from Janis Brenner. The music, which will be performed live with musicians from Juilliard Jazz, features Dave Brubeck's Unsquare Dance, Koto Song, and Three to Get Ready, and Paul Desmond's Take Five. The quartet for the performances features Juilliard Jazz musicians, tenor saxophonist Dean Tsur, pianist Mathis Picard, bassist Luke Sellick, and drummer Andrew Wangemann. The premiere of the Four Brubeck Pieces took place in 1984 at New York City Center with the Murray Louis Dance Company and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Sunset (1983), choreographed by Paul Taylor with music by Edward Elgar, will be staged by Linda Kent. The music will be performed by the Juilliard Orchestra with conductor George Stelluto. They perform Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Elegy for Strings (with recorded loon calls). Sets and costumes are by Alex Katz, and lighting is by Jennifer Tipton.
One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000), choreographed by William Forsythe features music by Thom Willems and is staged by Christopher Roman. The electronic score will be performed live by Caley Monahon-Ward.
Tickets at $30 will be available beginning February 27 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street, Street Level). Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.
William Forsythe is recognized as one of the world's foremost choreographers. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st-century art form. Forsythe's deep interest in the fundamental principles of organization has led him to produce a wide range of projects including installations, films, and Web-based knowledge creation. Born and raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. Over the next seven years, he created new works for the Stuttgart ensemble and ballet companies in Munich, The Hague, London, Basel, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Paris, New York, and San Francisco. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After the closure of the Ballet Frankfurt in 2004, Forsythe established a new, more independent ensemble. The Forsythe Company, founded with the support of the states of Saxony and Hesse, the Cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, and private sponsors, is based in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, and maintains an extensive international touring schedule. Awards received by Forsythe and his ensembles include the New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award (1988, 1998, 2004, 2007) and London's Laurence Olivier Award (1992, 1999, 2009). Forsythe has been honored with the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (1999) by the Government of France and has received the German Distinguished Service Cross (1997), the Wexner Prize (2002), the Golden Lion (2010), and the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2012). He has been commissioned to produce architectural and performance installations by Daniel Libeskind, ARTANGEL (London), Creative Time (New York), and the City of Paris. As an educator, he is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions. He holds an honorary doctorate from Juilliard, and he is an Honorary Fellow at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London. He also is a current A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (2009-2015).