The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
REDCAT: The Next Dance Company, an ensemble of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, draws together the school’s’ most accomplished performers and choreographers, all from the 2016 graduating class. Under the leadership of choreographers Stephan Koplowitz and Laurence Blake, The Next Dance Company will bring two performances that include choreography by guest artist Zoe Scofield as well as graduating MFA and BFA students.
REDCAT: “A titan of the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde.” —The New York Times
Opening Night, Wednesday, May 11, 7-8pm will include a FREE Pre-Performance Conversation with Steve Paxton and Simone Forti.
Choreographed by pioneering and multi-award-winning choreographer Steve Paxton, and performed by exquisite Slovenian dancer Jurij Konjar, Bound is re-staged and re-imagined by Paxton, who first premiered it in 1982. A stellar example of his 40 years of research into the fiction of cultured dance and the ‘truth’ of improvisation, Paxton has created a performance composed of isolated vignettes, combined with eclectic music and images that are not immediately logical. But like numbers in a column that begin to add up to something larger as they accumulate, these seemingly unchoreographed dance “remarks” soon resonate poetic thoughts. Paxton describes it as “like a chance meeting with a slightly drunken man in a quiet bar where a conversation begins and gradually a disjointed story emerges, of a life lived, one moment after another, but now remembered as fragments of a journey.”
BOUND was created in 1982 for Spaziozero in Rome. It was seen in Great Britain, Belgium, and at The Kitchen in NYC in 1983, which made a videotape on which this reconstruction is based.