PORTRAITS IN TIME

Genre: Dance Theater

In Kail's "Xylem" and "Arches," she collaborates with composer Jessica Lurie and visual artist Peter Bulow to craft a pair of memorable pieces which merge the visual and the auditory. "Xylem," named for a type of transport tissue in plants, explores the concept of newspapers as a symbolic language for a woman's complex emotional relationship with information and possibility. The piece includes highly original movement, humor and pathos, and couples everyday actions (such as scrubbing the floor) with objects that take on lives of their own.

Marrying text, video, movement and sound, "Arches" is a study in the interaction between a first-time mother, her new community, and her family. Interspersed with the performance itself is video footage taken by Bulow of a mother and child (Kail and her son) playing amid the arches, grass and trees in a local park. The dance begins with a gestural language accompanied by text, the sound of children and the taped conversations of other new parents. Kail then moves from a deeper physicality to music by Harry Partch and finally embraces the full space accompanied by the video footage of the arches and pathways of the park. "Arches" is the expression and celebration of the birth of Kail and Bulow's son Isaac.

In addition to Kail's two works, Popil will present and perform in her piece "Uninvited Guest." Described as a dance-poem, it reveals a world that is both private and exposed, through layers of text, sound and the inventive use of props. As the dancer sheds a series of protective skins, she embarks upon a journey that is at first nervous and erratic, becoming more pointed as she confronts her fears and reaches a new state of consciousness.

Kail and Popil plan to take their program to Philadelphia for a second performance. The New York debut of these key works by important faces in dance culture promises to be a magical evening in an intimate settinga fine venue with minimal sets and lighting.
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About the Dancers/Choreographers

AMY KAIL's dances have been shown regularly at Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Kitchen, Alice Tully Hall, and many other venues in New York City. Her latest choreographic work Barrier Reef was performed at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in 2009 as part of their "Women in Dance" festival. Amy is currently a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute and The Joyce Theater Educational program. Formerly, she was both staff and faculty at The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center where she directed the "Fridays at Noon" program for ten years. Additionally, she is guest teacher at Brown University and other colleges, and was a regular facilitator for The Field, leading workshops for artists from various disciplines. Kail graduated from The Julliard School with a BFA in dance and is a MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

LESYA POPIL received her BFA from The University of The Arts in 2000 where she was awarded outstanding modern dancer and choreographer. In 2001 she proudly received her MFA from The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Popil has danced for several Philadelphia companies and artists such as Group Motion Dance Company, JUNK, White Box Theater, Megan Bridge and Silvana Cardell. She has had the pleasure of dancing and presenting her work in New York and Philadelphia, as well as Japan, Poland, Lithuania and Africa. Popil serves as an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ and is an active member of Mascher-Cooperative in Philadelphia.

* The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance generously provided a grant for the creation of "Arches."


Arts.Dance

Open:   11/30/12
Close:   11/30/12

Schedule:
11/30/12- 7:00:00
Theater:   92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
Address:   1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
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Cost:$15
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