Some of the most dramatic, contemporary dances in the city will be on display in The Boston Conservatory’s presentation of Limitless coming up April 16–19, 2014. Students of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division will perform four pieces by groundbreaking choreographers:
· Canonic ¾ Studies – Mark Morris
· Fits of Hissy – a new piece fromDwight Rhoden, the artistic director of Complexions Dance Company
· Rave – Karole Armitage, known as “the punk ballerina”
There will be six performances of Limitless, in all, including one free performance specifically geared toward special needs audience members and their families on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. This “relaxed” presentation is designed to create a comfortable environment for those on the autism spectrum or with special cognitive needs. Although tickets to this performance are free, reservations are required online at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets, using the access code “LSN.”
Other performances are:
· Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
· Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
· Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
· Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
· Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
All performances will be at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston.
Tickets are $25 for regular seating and $30 for premium seating. They are available for purchase now at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets or (617) 912-9222.
The Boston Conservatory Presents Contemporary Dance Extravaganza Limitless
Performances April 16-19, Including Free Show Specifically Designed for Special Needs Audience Members and Their Families
(BOSTON—April 1, 2014) Some of the most dramatic, contemporary dances in the city will be on display in The Boston Conservatory’s Limitless, April 16–19, 2014. Students of The Boston Conservatory Dance Division will perform pieces by groundbreaking choreographers Mark Morris, Dwight Rhoden, Karole Armitage and Tommy Neblett. Tickets are available through The Boston Conservatory Box Office at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets.
“Limitless features four stunning works of contemporary dance,” said Cathy Young, director of the dance division. “Each of pieces is very unique and they all showcase the exceptional talents of our students in many different ways.”
Mark Morris’ Canonic ¾ Studies opens the show. He is an iconic contemporary choreographer, noted for his devotion to music and his ability to illuminate various aspects of music through movement. Canonic ¾ Studies is a witty, delightful, yet intense piece set to various piano waltzes, highlighting both his playful physicality and humor.
The show also features Fits of Hissy, a new piece by world-renowned choreographer Dwight Rhoden, the artistic director of Complexions Dance Company. It features a cast of 20 dancers and is built around duets, exploring the ebb and flow of emotion within relationships. All of the dancers are pushed to their physical limits by Rhoden’s movement—lush, fluid and yet complex and technically demanding at the same time.
Tommy Neblett, assistant director of the dance division, who is also well known to Boston audiences as co-director of Prometheus Dance, will present a premiere as well: The Past is a Foreign Country. Featuring an all-female cast and set to several different Eastern European folk songs, the piece is inspired by an Albanian folk tale and the Kosovo War.
The finale of the program is Karole Armitage’s Rave. Known as “the punk ballerina,” Armitage is an internationally-recognized choreographer who has created dances for numerous companies, including Paris Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project and the Deutsche Oper Berlin; she has also done choreography for pop music stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Armitage created Rave after the September 11 attacks, as a tribute to the underground club culture of New York City in the 1980s. Featuring dancers in full body paint and wild, ’80s-style costumes, the work completely re-defined the world’s ideas about ballet and how it could be reimagined to create avant-garde, radical choreography.
The Limitless run includes a free performance specifically geared toward special needs audience members and their families on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. This “relaxed” presentation is designed to create a comfortable environment for those on the autism spectrum or with special cognitive needs. The house lights will remain halfway up, food and drinks will be allowed in the theater, talking and other sounds will be expected and audience members can come and go as needed. A “quiet room” will also be available, which will include child-friendly activities and a live video stream of the ongoing show. Although tickets to this performance are free, reservations are required online at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets, using the access code “LSN.”
Other performances of Limitless are Wednesday, April 16 – Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. All performances will be at The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Tickets are $25 for regular seating and $30 for premium seating. They are available for purchase now through The Boston Conservatory Box Office: (617) 912-9222 and www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets. For more information, call (617) 912-9240 or visit www.bostonconservatory.edu. For information about group rates, contact the Box Office at (617) 912-9222.
About The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional, young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and musical theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu.