Sokolow Dance Foundation
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* Sokolow Now! was invited to participate in the American Dance Legacy Institute’s Mini-Fest at Brown University, RI, on March 13, 2010. Anna Sokolow’s work was well represented in the all day festival, featuring Ballad in a Popular Style in an afternoon workshop for choreographers and Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter as part of the special evening gala.
Sokolow Now! in Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter
and Ballad in a Popular Style Photo: Matt Green
* Sokolow Now! presented its annual concert at the Boston University Dance Theater on June 5, 2010 as part of the yearlong Sokolow centennial celebration. The company presented Rooms and As I Remember, along with a rousing performance of Session for Seven. Biographical footage of the centennial celebrate rounded out the program.
* The Massachusetts Dance Festival invited Sokolow Now! to participate in their inaugural performances on November 6 & 7, 2009. The company performed Session for Seven to an eager full house.
Sokolow Now! in Sessin for Seven Photo: Lisa Voll
Session for Seven . . . combined strength, physicality and technical excellence – especially during multiple clockwise “T” and forte turns, flying leaps (various sorts) and oozing first position plies; theirs was a performance so sharp that synergy molecules were literally buzzing between dancers, on stage.”
The company was invited back for the second annual Massachusetts Dance Festival in Boston on August 21, 2010 and due to the festival’s popularity a second performance was held on August 28th at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Principle company dancers performed the newly restaged As I Remember, a trio of early Sokolow solos. The deep personal quality of the dances showed itself collectively in the audiences resounding applause. As part of the educational programming, foundation staff presented a modern dance workshop focusing on creative development for children.
* Over the past two years the Dakshina/Daniel Singh Dance Company added Rooms and Dreams to their already extensive Sokolow repertory. These additions were made possible in part by the generous support of a National Endowment for the Arts Masterworks Grant. Dreams was met with enthusiastic applause and critical success during the company’s 2009 season at Dance Place, Washington, D.C.
Dakshina/Daniel Singh Dance Company in Dreams
All of Sokolow’s Dreams are nightmares, . . . some dreams resonate as archetypes and others are stereotypes but all of them Sokolow skillfully captures the trapped feeling one has in a bad dream of being unable to stop whatever it is one is doing despite unknowing on ought to. Much of Dreams is in silence interrupted by dancer made sound and snatches of music from Bach, Macero and Webern.
The company premiered its production of Rooms at the Theater Project in Baltimore, MA, on November 21 & 22, 2009 and repeated their critical success in the company’s annual season at Dance Place on May 1& 2, 2010.
Lorry May, a former Sokolow dancer who reconstructed and staged the work, (Rooms) deserves much of the credit for its effectiveness. She completely reprogrammed these contemporary dancers to capture Sokolow's early modern, Martha Graham-inflected movement style, and yet she gave them the freedom to interpret the steps with their own emotional sensibilities. May's coaching gave Rooms the authenticity and intimacy that make it so powerful.
Dakshina/Daniel Singh Dance Company in Frida
The University of Maryland sponsored the Dakshina/Daniel Singh Dance Company in presenting two evenings dedicated to the work of Anna Sokolow on November 4 & 5, 2010 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Both programs included September Sonnet and the newly acquired Frida. Rooms concluded the Friday concert while Dreams rounded out the Saturday program.
* September Sonnet was performed by Joseph Cicala and Janet Pila on May 9, 2009 to an enthusiastic audience at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA. The duet, commissioned by Mr. Cicala, was reconstructed earlier in the year.
Bridgewater State University students in
Everything Must Go Photo: Matt Green
* Emily Berry, faculty member at Queensborough Community College in New York, engaged the Sokolow Dance Foundation for our third Performance Initiative Residency to reconstruct sections of Lyric Suite on the students during the spring 2010 semester. Additional residency activities, which included lectures, outreach master classes and a studio performance, gave the foundation the opportunity to share the Sokolow Legacy with the surrounding community. Sokolow Now! traveled to Long Island for the eagerly awaited final public performance on May 7. They performed Rooms and As I Remember along with the student reconstruction while archival film footage on Sokolow’s life completed the program.
Sokolow Now! in Rooms Photo: Tom Bowling
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