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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 8:00pm –
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 4:00pm –
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 8:00pm –


92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York  New York  10128
United States
92nd Street Y

Pigeonwing Dance, directed by Gabrielle Lamb

The Harkness Dance Festival 2018

Pigeonwing Dance performs Bewilderness (2016), inspired by the writings of author and activist Rebecca Solnit; Torricelli’s Theorem (2017); and an excerpt from Pathological Curves, a new work-in-progress.

Bewilderness (2016) is inspired by the writings of author and activist Rebecca Solnit. A response to Solnit's writings on community, disaster and hope, Bewilderness is a dreamlike puzzle of interlocking stories that dissolve into sinuous, detailed movement and architectural groupings. By turns dark, comic and hopeful, the work suggests magnetic connections between members of a mysterious community. Musical selections include contemporary settings of arias by Henry Purcell. The company also presents a new creation exploring pattern formation in the natural world. In it, the supple and articulate Pigeonwing dancers will move through a sequence of increasingly intricate spirals, waves and vortices, all of it inspired by the simple rules governing some of nature’s most elegant patterns.

Torricelli's Theorem was created in 2017 for soloist Chelsea Bonosky (Sleep No More, Adam Barruch Dance.) Writing in InfiniteBody Eva Yaa Asantewaa described the work as “the evening’s most visually satisfying piece ... Lamb deploys Bonosky in a spare but fanciful arrangement of science lab beakers with a suspended globe dripping water — a metaphor for artistic experimentation or, perhaps, something more.”

The program also includes an excerpt of an ebullient new work-in-progress, Pathological Curves, set to traditional fiddle and banjo music. In mathematics, pathological curves are those that break basic assumptions of geometry. This choreography aspires to do the same, with unpredictable changes of direction and the atmosphere of an intricate game.

Gabrielle Lamb is the 2018 Washington Award Grand Prize winner.