The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) hosts visiting artist, Pam Tanowitz. While at MANCC, Tanowitz will develop New Work for Goldberg Variations, an evening-length piece for piano and a sextet of dancers, inspired by and set to the live performance of Bach’s iconic score, performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Dinnerstein, one of the foremost interpreters of the Goldberg Variations in recent years, brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding score to the project. Tanowitz’s choreography will both engage Bach’s essential keyboard work and acknowledge Jerome Robbins’ 1971 ballet set to that work, while aiming to radically redefine how a dance/music piece comes to be.
Tanowitz is an artist who continues to mine the canon of classical vocabularies as a fully post-modern experimentalist. Her MANCC residency will focus on developing a movement vocabulary for New Work for Goldberg Variations. Exploring performing rituals and mining codified techniques in an unusually layered contemporary collage that is imbued with rich, mysterious undertones, the work plays with narrative and abstraction, and formality and immediacy, creating a progression of images that dissolve and reappear throughout the work’s path. Tanowitz has selected two FSU School of Dance students to work with her in the studio during the residency. Tanowitz frequently works with live music in her work by bringing in the musicians towards the end of the project. This residency is enabling Tanowitz to work with live music at a much earlier stage of development.
Undergraduate students from the School of Dance’s Rhythmic Analysis class, led by Professor Douglas Corbin, will witness Tanowitz’ collaboration with Dinnerstein in real time.
This residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Opening Nights Performing Arts has co-commissioned New Work for Goldberg Variations. For more information on this project, please visit www.dinnersteintanowitz.com/.