Cool Projects in the Dance Department
About the Doubling program,Doubling is a dance and music collaboration by composer David Lang, choreographer Debra Fernandez, and the music group So Percussion. The performance is inspired by the exhibition I was a double.I was a double 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. David Lang and Ian Berry selected work by artists whose processes follow this general framework. The co-curators then 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.
Doubling features costumes by Kim Vanyo and dance performances by guest artists Deb Rutledge, Christy Williams, and Michael Rivera, and by Skidmore student dancers Emily Eilersten, Madeline Morser, Elise Mumford, Kelly Polhemus, and Meghan Wojtkiewicz.
Keeping Company With Cage, 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, 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, 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, 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.