March 11, 8:00 pmView All Events
The final event in The Purchase PAC 2023 Dance series features NYC-based Gibney Company presenting a program of works by internationally renowned and emerging choreographers committed to exploring connections between the rigorous physicality of contemporary dance and responsive, humanistic storytelling.
Bliss / Johan Inger
This large-scale ensemble piece uses the legendary “Köln Concert” by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett; music that many consider to be the epitome of virtuoso improvisation. Like Jarrett’s iconic music, it is free, soaring, and ecstatic — beautifully crafted dance, sending listeners and audience members into a state of bliss.
A Measurable Existence / Yue Yin
A duet featuring two male presenting performers, this contemplative yet energetic piece portrays two figures living parallel lives. They move through time and space together, interrelating within a closed world until they ultimately separate. The piece speaks to broader experiences of existence and how we might measure our lives through the span of our relationships.
SARA / Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
SARA generates an otherworldly and evocative environment that seven dancers inhabit on stage. The abstract work sees the dancers collectively move through textures, moods, and tensions, with beautiful precision and laser focus, emotion balanced by restraint. Originally created in 2013 for NDT 2, SARA was restaged for Gibney Company for a Company premiere in March 2023 at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, representing the Company’s first international tour. Gibney Company’s performance of SARA at The Purchase PAC will be the Company’s US premiere of this work.
Led by Gibney Founder, Artistic Director, and CEO Gina Gibney and Gibney Company Director Gilbert T Small II, Gibney Company is a creation-based repertory company that has burst onto the contemporary dance scene as an artistic force to be reckoned with, with an extraordinary company of dancers and a stunning roster of world-famous choreographers creating new works for the company.
Bliss / Johan Inger (27 minutes)
A Measurable Existence / Yue Yin (16 minutes)
SARA / Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar (13 minutes)
There will be a 15-minute intermission after each piece.
Tickets to see Gibney Company live at The Purchase PAC on Saturday, March 11 are on sale now; click the “buy tickets” button to secure your seats today.
Gibney Company is a world-class contemporary dance company that presents a breadth of works by emerging and renowned choreographers. It is based in New York City at Gibney, a dance and social justice organization founded by Gina Gibney in 1991. Learn more on their website.
Listen in as PAC Interim General Manager Ian Driver sits down with Nigel Campbell and Any Miller, Company Directors; and Alexander Anderson and Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, Artistic Associates of Gibney Company, to talk about the Company’s recent expansion, commissioning, and their November 2021 debut at The Joyce Theater in New York. (Recorded on December 5, 2021) Watch “A Conversation with Gibney Company” on YouTube.
Yin Yue, the Artistic Director of YY Dance Company, is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Over the past decade, Yin has refined and expanded an original movement vocabulary – FOCO Technique™ — a fusion inspired by Chinese dance, folk, ballet, and contemporary dance movement. In this interview, Yin Yue discusses her work and technique and shares footage from a residency with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Johan Inger is an established and renowned choreographer who has shared his works with numerous dance companies around the world. Watch excerpts from Bliss and other works on Johan Ingar’s website.
Also in this series:
Complexions Contemporary Ballet | Saturday, February 4
Paul Taylor Dance Company | Saturday, February 25
The 2022-2023 Dance Series is made possible by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government.