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Sokolow Residency @ the Eugene Lang College

Anna Sokolow Residency—Fall 2009/Spring 2010

The Anna Sokolow Dance Residency will begin in the Fall of 2009 with an exploration of the life and work of world renowned modern dancer, choreographer and teacher, Anna Sokolow. In celebration of Anna’s 100th Birthday, Jim May, Artistic Director of the Sokolow Theatre Foundation, will conduct workshops and lectures examining the historical and social context of Sokolow’s work through research, rare videos and photographs. The fall semester will also include a walking tour of Greenwich Village, where The New School is situated and where Ms. Sokolow was born and raised. Mr. May worked with Anna Sokolow for 35 years before continuing her legacy.

In Spring 2010, Jim May will reconstruct “Lyric Suite,” the 1953 classic modern dance work with music by Alban Berg. Mr. May will conduct an audition in the Fall of 2009 to select a cast of dancers from Eugene Lang College for the piece. While “Lyric Suite” is comprised of 10 dancers, Jim May anticipates double casting the piece with 20 dancers for a series of solos, duets, and a quartet. “Lyric Suite” will be reconstructed in the Spring of 2010 through six to eight weeks of intensive rehearsals, and performed in early May at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City as part of the college’s Spring Dance Performance.

Several courses at Lang will be structured to include themes around Sokolow and the residency including a year long dance history course as well as integrative arts courses open to all of the students. Other events coinciding with the Sokolow Residency include open rehearsals of the Limon Company and Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble performing works of Anna Sokolow, and exhibits at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center and the Skybridge Art Space located at the New School. The reconstruction of Lyric Suite is made possible by American Masterpieces: Dance, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with Dance/USA.

Starting this Fall Jim May will present 7 lectures with rare videos in the Fall that will cover via the life of Anna Sokolow (1910-2000) the beginning and development of the indiginous American art form known as Modern/Contemporary Dance. An original member of the Martha Graham Company (1920′s), an artist of social protest in the New Dance Group (1930′s), reflector of our society with ROOMS & DREAMS (1950′s & 60′s), using the art as a voice in OPUS 65 (70′s) for the Joffrey Ballet, and art about artists with the masterworks MAGRITTE, MAGRITTE, FRIDA, and KAFKA ( 80′s & 90′s). A walking tour in Greenwich Village where Anna Sokolow lived and worked will include her family’s apartment on 8th St., The Henry Street Settlement, One Christopher St. (inaugarated as Sokolow Way), and places where she taught, directed, and choreographed such as the H-B Studio & Dance Theater Workshop. A gallery exhibits will be seen at The New School and the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library.

If you are interested in participating at these lecture please contact the performing arts department

at the Eugene Lang College at
212.229.5100 ext 2267
or visit the Eugene Lang College website.

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