poster for Kyle Marshall ChoreographyDance in Albany Series Celebrates Emerging Choreographer

The performing arts centers at the University at Albany and The Egg are pleased to present Kyle Marshall Choreography as the next offering in the 2019-20 Dance in Albany series.  The performance will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown University at Albany campus located at 1400 Washington Avenue.  

Acclaimed by The New York Times as having “a choreographic voice like no one else’s,” Kyle Marshall has been winning major awards for his choreography, works in which he strives to deepen our knowledge of who we are as individuals as well as how we develop relationships and ultimately societies.  Marshall envisions the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration.

Featured in the program will be Colored which navigates the beautifully twisted spectrum of blackness that a trio of performers regularly embody. As dancers from varied backgrounds who work primarily with white artists, the work emanated from conversations on tokenism, appropriation, stereotype and representation. The dance is a filter for these thoughts and a celebration of cultural variation. Colored features original music by Matt Clegg and was commissioned, in part, by "Dance on the Lawn" at Montclair’s Dance Festival, E-Moves at Harlem Stage, and Jersey (New) Moves at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

In The New York Times review of Colored, Siobhan Burke praised it as a “ravishing, complicated trio”  and went on to describe it: “twists and contradictions take physical shape in the movement itself — its swerves from brashly sexy to subdued, from ecstatic to vigilant — and in the work’s broader structure, its abundance of sudden yet seamless transitions. There is no obvious narrative but an uncanny sense of stories starting and stopping, looping back on themselves to be revisited from other angles.”

According to Marshall, he is “playing with the audience’s perception of what they are seeing” in Colored.  “I think the Black experience in America is twisted. The Black body is both idealized and also demonized.  It is both seen as sexy and attractive and also seen as dirty.”

The program will also include Horizon, a new duet for Marshall and company dancer Miriam Gabriel which premieres on January 17-18 at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ.  In this new work, a man and a woman of different races negotiate the tension of expectations – what may occur and what the audience has been trained to presume.

A current Tricia Brown Dance Company member, Kyle Marshall is a 2018 Bessie Award winner and a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellow as well as the recipient of the Harkness Dance Residency at BAM Fisher in 2019. His dance company has performed at such venues as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, NYC Summerstage, Wassaic Arts Project and Conduit Dance (PDX). Kyle has taught masterclass and creative workshops at the American Dance Festival, Montclair University, County Prep High School and Muhlenberg College. He has also worked with Tiffany Mills Company, 10 Hairy Legs and Doug Elkins.

This engagement is made possible with support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, New York State DanceForce/Bessies Residency Fund, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Yellen Foundation, University at Albany Foundation, UAlbany’s Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997 or visit the Performing Arts Center website at www.albany.edu/pac.  Individual tickets to this performance are also available through The Egg Box Office or on-line at www.theegg.org.

Dance enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase a package with the six remaining performances in the series at a 25% discount or to choose any four for a savings of 15%.  Dance in Albany packages are available only through The Egg Box Office. They may be purchased in person at the Empire State Plaza location, by telephone at (518) 473-1845 or on line at www.theegg.org.

Upcoming performances in the Dance in Albany series include Flex Ave. (February 28), Garth Fagan Dance (March 27), David Dorfman Dance (April 24), Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (May 9) and Doug Varone and Dancers (June 12).

 

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