Liz Gerring Dance Company
(T)here to (T)here (World Premiere)
“Not since Trisha Brown have we had a dance-maker who conjures such spells from movement at its purest.” — New York Times
Choreographer Liz Gerring is known for turning abstract movement, minimalist scores, and austere staging into profound, lucid artistry. Using projected text by artist Kay Rosen to create a visual space of words and color, (T)here to (T)here follows a central couple whose solos come together and move apart, mirroring the cyclical nature of relationships. Featuring an original score by frequent Gerring collaborator Michael J. Schumacher, this intimate performance allows the audience to experience the dancers as individuals with unique, yet universal, human experiences.
Co-presented with Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
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Liz Gerring Dance Company
Liz Gerring Dance Company, since its inception in 1998, has been exploring non-narrative, abstract movement, often derived from natural gesture. Movement is evolved from cause and effect rather than storytelling, and is framed by independent media elements.
The company is noted for its close collaboration with contemporary visual artists, and a longtime association with electronic music composer Michael J. Schumacher. In 2001, Gerring and Schumacher, with the support of Kirk Radke, founded the nonprofit organization TonalMotion Inc., dedicated to the creation and presentation of movement and sound art.
The Company is currently made up of seven dancers, and it regularly presents performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Montclair State University’s Peak Perfs, Danspace Project, among other venues.
Recent works, she dreams in code and glacier, were on The New York Times writer Alastair Macaulay’s top ten dance works of the year in 2011 and 2013, respectively, with glacier nominated for a "Bessie" Award. Gerring was awarded The Jacob's Pillow Prize in June 2015 and a Joyce Theater residency and creation award in the same year.
Kay Rosen’s language-based art work has been exhibited in museums and institutions nationally and internationally for over three decades.
Among them are The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Aspen Art Museum; Christchurch Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Drawing Center, New York; MASS MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Whitney Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (solo survey exhibition 1998-99); Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
Rosen’s work has also been shown in numerous solo and group gallery exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Her work resides in collections worldwide. Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times are a few of the publications that have featured her work. Rosen has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other awards.
Trained in languages and linguistics, Rosen rejected academia in favor of a visual approach to language early on, starting over as a “self-taught” artist. She began an exploration of the intersection of meaning and structure in language through color, materials, scale, composition, and graphic design. In a 2010 interview Rosen said, “When it comes to reading my work, throw out all the rules you ever learned: spelling, spacing, capitalization, margins, linear reading, composition...all of your old reading habits will be useless.”