PlayBAC: Performances from the Archive
PlayBAC Series 3 features never-before-seen, high quality recordings of live performances from BAC’s 15-year history. PlayBAC videos—which include special introductions from Mikhail Baryshnikov and the featured artists—are available to watch at BACNYC.ORG/EXPLORE beginning at 5PM EDT on Thursday until the following Thursday at 5PM EDT.
October 22 - 29
Liz Gerring Dance Company
(T)here to (T)here (World Premiere)
Jerome Robbins Theater
Filmed November 11, 2016
Co-Presented in 2016 with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival
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December 3 - 10
Okko Theatre *
July (U.S. Premiere)
Jerome Robbins Theater
Filmed February 28, 2020
December 10 - 17
Kota Yamazaki / Fluid hug-hug
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination (World Premiere)
Howard Gilman Performance Space
Filmed December 13, 2017
*This presentation replaces the previously-announced offering of Béla Pintér and Company’s Our Secrets.
Liz Gerring was born in San Francisco in 1965 and grew up in the Los Angeles area where she began studying dance at the age of 13. In high school she studied at the Cornish Institute in Seattle.
In 1987, she was awarded a BFA from the Juilliard School. She formed the Liz Gerring Dance Company In 1998, and began presenting her work in NYC. Gerring was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Prize in June 2015, and a Joyce Theater Residency and Creation Award in the same year. Between 2013-2018, she received commissions for three works at Peak Performances at the Kasser Theater in Montclair New Jersey. In 2016-17 she was awarded a New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship. Gerring lives in NYC and upstate with her husband Kirk Radke, her three children, two dogs, and a cat.
Ivan Viripaev, born in 1974 in Irkutsk, Russia, is a well known and frequently staged contemporary Russian playwright, theater and film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
After graduating from the Theatre Academy in Irkutsk, he has worked with theaters in Magadan, Kamchatka, and Irkutsk. In the years 2005-2016 he worked with the iconic Praktika Theater, where he was the artistic director (2013-2016). His latest project is Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, staged at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and considered Poland's best performance of 2017. The most famous of his pieces are Oxygen, July, Illusions, Unbearably Long Embraces, Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November, and Drunks. Viripaev is a scriptwriter, director and co-producer of six feature films: Euphoria (2006), Short Circuit (2009), Oxygen (2009), Delhi Dance (2012), Advertising Laws (2013), and Salvation (2015). His pieces have been presented at renowned European film festivals, including in Venice and Rome. He has been granted many prestigious awards for his theater and film work, including: Little Golden Lion - Independent Youth Jury Award at the 63rd Venice Film Festival, The main award of the Warsaw Film Festival, The Jürgen Bansemer and Ute Nyssen Award for the Best Playwright (2009), and the main awards of numerous theater festivals (Toruń, Moscow, Heidelberg, and Łódź). Since 2016, he has lived and worked in Warsaw, where he manages the creative house WEDA, one of the most recognized and successful Polish theater producers.
Born in Niigata, Japan, Kota Yamazaki was first introduced to Butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai, and graduated from Bunka Fashion College with BA in Fashion Design. At an invitation from Germain Acogny to create a work FAGAALA in collaboration with her Senegal-based company, Yamazaki disbanded his Tokyo-based company rosy co., which he led from 1995-2001, and left Japan.
Since 2003, Yamazaki with his New York-based company Fluid hug-hug has been presenting work at national and international theaters and festivals, including Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), NUS for the Arts (Singapore), Globalize: Cologne (Germany), PICA/TBA Festival (OR), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), Danspace Project (NY), Andy Warhol Museum (PA), Miami Light Project, ASU Gammage (AZ), FIAF/Crossing Line (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Japan Society (NY), and Asahi Art Square (Japan). Yamazaki is a 2007 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie Award), a 2013 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant award, and a 2016 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship. Yamazaki has taught at universities and institutions around the world. He served as Director for Body Arts Laboratory in Tokyo since 2009, and organizes the Whenever Wherever Festival.
Photos: Miguel Anaya, Maria Baranova, Stephanie Berger