Have you noticed? We’ve been doing a lot of dancing this month! Some of you may have been dancing in the aisles during GlobalFEST’s New Golden Age of Latin Music, others are going to tear up the dance floor when we convert the Black Box theatre into a cabaret for an evening of Gypsy, Honky-Tonk, Swing, and Latin sounds by Velvet Caravan.
The dancing continues throughout the spring, although this time we’ll let you take a rest and watch. March begins with a visit from Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project (March 2 & 3). LADP has made its mark with a multi-disciplinary approach that the L.A. Times describes as “a defining artistic vision for our time.” We’re proud to say that The PAC, in partnership with Joyce Theater Productions, served as Technical Development home for two of the pieces that will be performed here – Orpheus Highway and YAG.
Following close on their heels will be RUBBERBANDance Group (March 31), who will be spending some time on campus doing master classes and other activities before their show. Beating with the fresh pulse of street attitude, RBGD explores human relationships with honesty and courage. They combine the spontaneity, fearlessness, and risk-taking of hip-hop culture with the refinement and choreographic maturity of the ballet. A must see – bring the teens along for this one!
For the dance series grand finale, we’re doing something truly special. We’ve commissioned a new work from Jessica Lang Dance. It will be the first ever to be set to Tony Bennett’s music, it will be developed on the Purchase College campus, and will premiere here on May 5. The gala celebration of our 40th anniversary will also take place that night – what better way to celebrate?
The spring 2018 Dance series is a prime example of our commitment to commissioning innovative new work and nurturing the artists of the future. The PAC has been at the forefront of the performing arts scene in Westchester County for the past four decades. We hope to continue for many more, and we hope that you will be right here, dancing along with us.