Pam Tanowitz, FLEXN Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

A scene from Heaven on One's Head by Pam Tanowitz Dance (photo Chris Duggan)

A scene from Heaven on One’s Head by Pam Tanowitz Dance (photo Chris Duggan)

(BECKET, Mass.) – Pam Tanowitz Dance makes its debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Doris Duke Theatre from Wednesday, August 17, through Sunday, August 21, in a program accompanied by FLUX Quartet, with music by composers Julia Wolfe (Bang on a Can), Dan Siegler, and Conlon Nancarrow.

Dances include “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” for which Tanowitz won the 2016 New York Dance and Performance Juried BessieAward, and “Heaven on One’s Head.”

Choreographing dance since 1992, Tanowitz has become known over the past 15 years for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary and has set work on many ballet and modern ensembles, including The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, and Saint Louis Ballet. Drawing inspiration from genre-defining choreographers like Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine, Tanowitz was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and the company was selected for the New York Times’ “Best of Dance” series in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Also at Jacob’s Pillow this week, FLEXN performs its electrifying street dance, characterized by pausing, gliding, hat tricks, bone breaking, animation, and contortion, that has evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up dance style made popular in Brooklyn reggae clubs, in the Ted Shawn Theatre, August 17-21.

Each FLEXN performance will begin with a brief onstage panel discussion, addressing some of the turbulent sociopolitical issues explored during the show.






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