Photo by Brian Rogers. Courtesy of The Chocolate Factory Theater.
2015 Guggenheim Fellow and Doris Duke Impact Award winner Beth Gill makes her Boston debut with a new work premiering only a week earlier at the Walker Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time. Gill, a three-time Bessie Award winner, is perhaps best known for her 2011 breakout work, Electric Midwife, about which the New York Times stated: “There aren’t many dance makers of Ms. Gill’s generation… working with the kind of clear, penetrating focus that made Midwife — a pair of perfectly symmetrical trios — such a transporting meditation on the body, its intricate physics and intrinsic poetry.”
In her newest work, Brand New Sidewalk, Gill teams up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant diptych born of questioning the value of formalism in dance. This evocative new piece for four dancers explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy, and power through the lens of abstraction.
Free pre-performance talk with David Henry, Bill T. Jones Director of Performing and Media Arts, 30 minutes prior to curtain both evenings.
Free post-performance Q+A with Beth Gill on Friday, May 12.
This work is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund project created in partnership with the Walker Art Center, The Yard, American Dance Festival, and NPN.
First Republic Bank is proud to sponsor the ICA’s 2016–17 Performance Season.
Access for Boston’s dance community is supported in part by the Pratt-Hall Fund.