The Bang Group's Turing Tests
Caleb Teicher's Variations (Excerpt)
Thursday, July 7 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 9 at 6:30pm
Location: The Yard's Patricia Nanon Theater
Run time: TBA
The Bang Group
The Bang Group is a rhythm-based, theatrical dance troupe based in New York City. TBG celebrates its 21st anniversary this season and exists at the intersection of percussive and contemporary forms. The company tours widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and is best known for its comic/subversive, neo-vaudevillian production of "The Nucracker" entitled "Nut/Cracked" which is entering its 14th season and will return to Martha's Vineyard in December, 2016. The Bang Group will be presented by Danspace Project in New York City in the spring of 2017 and will tour to Germany, Belgium, Philadelphia, Jacob's Pillow (Inside/Out,) Boston, Providence, Portsmouth and to the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire throughout 2016.
"The dancing commenced with Bubble Wrap...Silly, graceful and percussive vie for prominence in this and many Bang Group pieces...a tapdance duet of butts, elbows and knees."
- Quinn Batson, OFFOFFOFF.com
These works are excerpts from "Turing Tests" which will premiere at Danspace Project in New York City in the spring of 2017
Bach’s clever Goldberg Variations uses the same chord progression for each variation but stretches its capacity for expression with melodic variation, counterpoint, and rhythmic invention. In Variations (Excerpt), three dancers make the composition leap from its pages, creating a new playground for interpretation.
Caleb Teicher & Company presents new work that blends traditional American dance forms in a modern context. Taking inspirations from his background in concert dance, musical theater, and social dance, Caleb’s Teicher’s work addresses questions of how and why we dance in the 21st century.
"Mr. Teicher juxtaposed barely there brushes with frenetic taps as his body -- twisting and dipping -- pulled toward and away from the Gould. These days, a choreographer with a new angle on Bach is startling: Mr. Teicher has a will and a way."
- Gia Kourlas, NYTimes.com
"Variations" was supported in part by an artistic residency through the American Tap Dance Foundation.
This piece was made possible in part through an artistic residency at the American Tap Dance Foundation