Doubling  (Fall 2014) is a dance and music collaboration by composer David Lang, choreographer Debra Fernandez, and the music group So Percussion. The performance was inspired by the exhibition I was a double which plays off the idea that composers invent rules for their music and performers then realize the work. Visual artists may work this way as well, creating rules that they must follow as they realize their artwork. The co-curators David Lang and Ian Berry asked the artists for a sentence describing their rule making. David Lang composed music for each artwork based on the artists’ statements, making his score out of theirs. I was a double comes from one of the artist’s statements, with the word “double” resonating on multiple levels: pair, duplicate, shadow, doppelganger; the musical term that indicates two instruments playing the same part together; the artists’ double roles in inventing and realizing their own rules.

Keeping Company With Cage, (2012) an evening length work choreographed and directed by Professor and Chair of Dance, Debra J. Fernandez. KCWC was collaboration with former president of Skidmore and well-known contemporary pianist, David Porter as well as with visual artist Margo Mensing. In celebration of John Cage’s 100th birthday 9 Skidmore dancers and 1 guest artist from New York performed in the amazing new Arthur Zankel Music Center to a sold out audience. The performance was repeated as part of ArtsFest 2012, a citywide arts festival that takes place every June in Saratoga Springs.

Swan Lake, (2011) Skidmore’s dance and music departments collaborated for the first time on a performance that filled the stage and orchestra pit of the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall at the Arthur Zankel Music Center with the magic and romance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Staged and directed by Associate Professor of Dance, Denise Warner Limoli, the performance included thirty student dancers and one professional dancer. The collaboration presented the second act of the famous ballet, to music played by the Skidmore College Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Holland, Associate Professor of Music.

Swan Song, (2010) composed by Richard Danielpour and choreographed by Skidmore Chair of Dance, Debra J. Fernandez utilizes the site-specific beauty of the Arthur Zankel Music Center surroundings to depict the pull between the world in front of us and the world just out of reach.  Skidmore dancers performed alongside NYCB dancers Abi Stafford and Andrew Scordato as part of Saratoga Dances II, curated by NYCB choreographer Justin Peck.



L’Histoire du Soldat, (2012) was a collaboration between Associate Professor of Dance, Rubén Graciani, the ACJW (Academy Carniegie Hall Juilliard School and Weill Institute), and the Skidmore Theater Department. The collective group performed Stravinsky’s, L’Histoire du Soldat at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. The collaboration included Skidmore actors and theater faculty, Barbara Gulan, as well as, Skidmore dancers with the world-class musicians of ACJW.

Ballets Russes , (2013) Skidmore dancers and the Skidmore Orchestra perform three famous ballets from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes,staged by Denise Warner Limoli with Anthony Holland, Conductor.

Sleeping Beauty , (2015) Skidmore dancers and the Skidmore Orchestra perform this famous ballet,staged by Denise Warner Limoli with Anthony Holland, Conductor.

Skidmore Dancers Shine at the Joyce Theater

Cool Projects in the Dance Department

In January of 2012, the Dance Department secured the rights to perform Martha Graham’s classic work, “Steps in the Street” (“Chronicle”, 1936), in our spring 2012 concert.   Under the directorship of Mary Harney, Artist-in-Residence, our students were invited to perform the work on Wed., March 14th, 2012 at the Joyce Theater in NYC. Conceived by Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, the “University Partners Showcase” was a collaborative performance in concordance with the “Inner Landscape” theme of the Graham Company’s 86th New York season.  [Read more…]

Skidmore Dance Ensemble at
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center

Sat. May 12, 2012 | Cool Projects in the Dance Department

The Skidmore Dance Ensemble (including 25 students, 6 faculty and 2 technical directors) traveled to Tivoli, NY to present “Lineage,” a program of classical and contemporary works, on Saturday, May 12, at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y. to an enthusiastic house.