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NEW YORK — The American Dance Ensemble, Inc., in association with Pace University, presents the highly acclaimed URBAN ARTWORKS VI on September 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m., and September 20 at 3:00 p.m.. The series will feature a collection of works by eight metropolitan dance companies and independent choreographers, many of whom will present premiere works. All performances will be held at The Pace Downtown Theater, located in the Schimmel Center for the Arts on Spruce Street in lower Manhattan. Admission is $12.50 and $9 for students and seniors. For more information, call the box office at (212) 346-1715.
URBAN ARTWORKS VI will feature:
* The New York premiere of Rosie the Riveter, Cool Water Blue and Bridge. Choreography by Mary Bruce Blackburn.
* The New York premiere of Scriptures and Nails. Choreography by Pilobolus Dance Theater’s Trebien Pollard.
* Timeless Red, with choreography by Ellis and Reagon Wood; At The End of the Hall by Christina Briggs and Edward Winslow.
* The premiere of Sea of Tranquillity with an original score by Harutaka Oribe and choreography by Luka Kito.
* Valentine, a work featuring six dancers, choreographed by Kristen Mangione.
* Sketches of Flame, a flamenco piece, presented by Bridget Moore; Plunge, created by Lauren Slaiman.
The Schimmel Center for the Arts is part of Pace University. Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing
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URBAN ARTWORKS VI TO PERFORM AT PACE UNIVERSITY
Rosie the Riveter, Cool Water Blue, and Bridge (presented by Mary Bruce Blackburn, Artistic Director of The American Dance Ensemble, Inc.). Rosie the Riveter is set to the bluesy voice of Cassandra Wilson. The American Dance Ensemble combines sensuality, sense and strength in this piece, rising to an era of change and new found purpose during WWII. Cool Water Blue, featuring music by Jean Luc Ponty, highlights the mystery of water-borne creatures in waves of deep blue. Bridge is set to an African drumming score and concerns a “friendly” game of cards.
Scriptures and Nails (presented by Trebien Pollard of the Pilobolus Dance Theater). This piece speaks to a man’s desperation and fear in search of eternity. Scriptures and Nails explores the experience of being gay, black and spiritually grounded. It is performed by Pollard and Leslie Myers, with an original composition by poet G. Winston James, and composers and musicians Kohachiro Miyata (skakyhachi) and Olatunju (drums).
Timeless Red (presented by Ellis Wood). Timeless Red focuses on the human conflict of personal control. With music by Scott Westerfeld and text by Jonathan Pascoe, the piece asks: how much control does anyone have over their own environment?
At the End of the Hall (presented by Christina Briggs and Edward Winslow). At the End of the Hall is a dynamic presentation filled with physical invention and psychological and emotional drama. The relationship between the two dancers addresses issues of dominance and passivity, masculinity and femininity. The music is by Mark Isham.
Sea of Tranquillity (presented by Luka Kito). This dance is named after the site on the moon where Apollo 11 landed on July 20, 1969 and is a tribute to this historical event. Sea of Tranquillity features an original score by Harutaka Oribe, and investigates the shifts in various norms including values, perception, distance and space, which are generated by technological advancements. Mr. Kito, founder and Artistic Director of Choreotechtonics, is a native of Tokyo and holds an M.S. in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University. His choreography is a fascinating study of the influence of his architectural background applied to choreography.
Valentine (presented by Kristen Mangione). Valentine is a work for six dancers who blend modern dance with theatrical collage. The work focuses on notions of love, lust and loss. It is performed against a backdrop of musical excerpts by Phillip Glass, Nat King Cole and Sally Potter, poetry of e.e. cummings and text from the film, “Casablanca.”
Sketches of Flame (presented by Bridget Moore). This piece defines the powerful rhythmic forces of Spanish flamenco music. Sketches of Flame celebrates the strength and resilience of the human spirit through duende — a spirit or apparition that enters the body at its point of exhaustion.
Plunge (created by Lauren Slaiman). Plunge is a combination of Esther Williams and Barbie, featuring a live percussive track by Joshua Berger. “Vogue-ing” takes place by bathing suit clad dancers who combine forceful energy and idiosyncratic gestures in this piece.
Mary Bruce Blackburn is the Artistic Director and Producer of URBAN ARTWORKS.