"A riveting dialogue of movement and music." - The New York Times
Deconstructing classical, formal and traditional movement vocabularies, NEW WORK FOR GOLDBERG VARIATIONS 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.
Premiere: Duke Performances
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Lighting/Visual Design by Davison Scandrett
Costume Design by Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1865 – 1750), Goldberg Variations
Performed live by Simone Dinnerstein
Produced by Aaron Mattocks
“Ms. Tanowitz has long been one of the most formally brilliant choreographers around. ‘New Work’…makes full use of her formal skills.” – The New York Times
“Tanowitz’s choreography devises its own language, idiosyncratic yet entirely consistent. Gestures live on the cusp of familiarity, and the brilliantly differentiated cast is indefatigable in following the movement to its never-ends." – IndyWeek
"The Goldberg audience seemed very sorry to see the show end. We had gone a long way with these dancers—seventy-five minutes—and we could have gone longer." - The New Yorker
New Work for Goldberg Variations was commissioned by Duke Performances / Duke University & Peak Performances / Montclair State University, co-commissioned by Opening Nights Performing Arts / Florida State University & Summer Stages Dance at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston & received creative development support from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, the NYU Center for Ballet & the Arts & 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 & The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation & support from the Mary Duke Biddle 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.
Photos by Marina Levitskaya, courtesy of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University