92ND STREET Y HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL

Genre: Dance
Words Away From Home -Including the World Premiere of Interview

Porter's work is as much about language and the techniques of dramatic theater as it is about dance. She is interested in the interaction of words and movement, and her pieces are not so much a pairing as a collaboration of the two; sometimes she choreographs to the rhythms of spoken language and other times she finds words that amplify the gesture she's already created. "[Choreographing is] always a challenge," Porter says. "If I think of the words as movement, and choreograph that movement, it's more fun."
About the Company: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Renata Celichowska, Director

In 1935, what is now the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center provided a home to the fledgling modern dance movement and its leader, Martha Graham. Among the great artists who have created, performed and taught at the Y are Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Erick Hawkins, Robert Joffrey, Pearl Lang, and Donald McKayle, building the foundation for contemporary dance as we know it. In recent years, they have been joined by today’s dance stars, like David Parsons, Zvi Gotheiner, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Bill T. Young, Maia Claire Garrison, David Dorfman and Sean Curran. With the generous support of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Center continues to nurture the teaching, creation and performance of modern dance, serving adults, children and dance professionals through classes, professional development programs like the 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory and performance programs like the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Y’s annual showcase for contemporary dance. The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center is part of the Y’s arts-education division, the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/dance.

Open:   02/21/07
Close:   02/25/07

Schedule:
Wednesday, February 21; Thursday, February 22, and Saturday, February 24 — 8 pm
Sunday, February 25 — 2 pm and 7 pm
Theater:   Ailey Studio Theater
Address:   405 West 55th Street
New York, NY
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Take the A, C, D, F, 1, 9 train to 59th Street)

Cost:$20.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors
Buy Tickets Online or Call: www.92Y.org/Harknes at 212.415.5500
Company: 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center         Official Web Site: www.92y.org/dance.
  Claire Porter started dancing at age 4, but didn't decide to make it her career until she was 21 years old and working as a computer programmer. After getting a master's in dance at Ohio State University, she started dancing, teaching and choreographing. She created her first "Portables"—which Dance Magazine called "exquisitely crafted yet accessible little gems"—in 1977 and began adding spoken text when she created The Lecture (1980), a sharply observed dance about a college professor's performance in a classroom. She has performed in Germany, Holland, England and Korea and, in New York, at the Joyce Theater, Town Hall, DTW, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Bottom Line, the New York Horticultural Society and at the TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport. She has won several NEA and New Jersey Choreography Fellowships and received commissions from DTW's First Light Project, Art Matters, University Dance Companies and a Domino's Pizza Company. She teaches Laban Movement Analysis at New York University, Hope College in Michigan and Connecticut College and will be teaching and choreographing a new work for Manhattanville College in the spring.