Contemporary Japanese Dance Comes to PS21

Nana by Phil Echo

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – TAKE Dance returns to PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, 2012, with the world premiere of a new work created especially for PS21, along with two other expressive and distinctive pieces. This contemporary dance ensemble will perform at 8 pm under The Tent at PS21, located at 2980 Route 66 in the Town of Chatham.

Led by Japanese native, Juilliard graduate and Paul Taylor Dance Company alumnus Takehiro Ueyama, Take Dance blends Eastern and Western sensibilities to communicate the universal human condition. Take Dance is known for bringing a unique depth and fulfilling experience to audiences through diverse movement, musical choices, subject matter and artistic partnerships.

The Friday and Saturday shows will include three pieces: Salaryman, Distance of the Moon, and the premiere of a yet-to-be-named work made especially for PS21.

The full-evening work Salaryman explores the life of the Japanese white-collar businessman through a series of vignettes. The performance at PS21 will consist of from Salaryman, including a section called Missing.

The work created for PS21 grew out of a suggestion by PS21 President Judy Grunberg’s request that Take choreograph to Handel Suite composed by George Frideric Handel.

Take by Phil Echo

The final work of the evening, Distance of the Moon, is inspired by the short story of the same name from Italo Calvino’s phantasmagorical 1965 book Cosmicomics. The story depicts a time before history when the Earth was so close to the Moon that people could climb ladders and jump onto the Moon’s surface. Distance of the Moon includes a group section with music by Darcy Argue and choreography by Kile Hotchkiss, and two duets choreographed by Take to music by Philip Glass.

Admission is $30 non-members, $25 members, and $18 students. Call 518.392.6121 or visit PS21. Tickets will also be available at the door until the show sells out.


PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, N.Y., dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.



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