photo by christopher duggan

photo by christopher duggan


pam tanowitz dance

New Work for Goldberg Variations (work in progress showing)

Offshore Creation Residency (6/26-7/9)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 8pm
Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 6:30pm
Location: The Yard's Patricia Nanon Theater

$25 Adult
$15 Seniors, Students and Military
$5 Children under 12
Behind the Counter and Membership discounts apply

“Some of the dance steps, phrases and constructions by the choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today. They feature memorable footwork, strikingly elegant and witty combinations of lower- and upper body movement, and complex, subtle, fascinating uses of stage space.” -New York Times

New Work for Goldberg Variations is an evening-length work created by choreographer Pam Tanowitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Deconstructing classical, formal and traditional movement vocabularies, the dance mirrors and converses with Bach’s iconic score in a delightful interplay of rhythm, style and idiosyncrasy, shifting between encoded gestures and virtuosic dancing, and demonstrating the rich emotional world lying beneath the poised surface of the Goldberg’s musical architecture. Dinnerstein, one of the foremost Bach interpreters of her generation, brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding score to Tanowitz’s witty and unflinchingly post-modern abstractions of classical and popular dance forms.

Dinnerstein will not be performing in this work in progress event. 

Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself.  Tanowitz’ mission is to revitalize abstraction and formalism by obliterating the self-imposed dialectical boundaries of each, while stretching the material into uncharted territory.

Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000 as a platform for Tanowitz to explore her vision with a consistent group of dancers. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. The company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  

Pam Tanowitz was the 2016 Juried Bessie Award Winner for her work "the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces".

New Work for Goldberg Variations was commissioned by Duke Performances/Duke University and Peak Performances/Montclair State University, co-commis-sioned by Opening Nights Performing Arts/Florida State University and Summer Stages Dance at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, and received cre-ative development support from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Chore-ography (MANCC) at Florida State University, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, and New York City Center. New Work for Goldberg Variations was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. General Operating support for Pam Tanowitz Dance was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.