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 Post subject: PS 122 Presents Dance Previews in Summer in the Square
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PS 122 Presents Dance Previews in Summer in the Square

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Performance Space 122 Presents

Dance Preview in Union Square
Emerging and Emerged Artists Provide Show Snapshots

Performance Space 122 will present a preview of its upcoming dance season
for the Union Square Partnership¹s Summer in the Square Series on Wednesday,
July 26th at 6 p.m. . Saar Harari, Pavel Zustiak and Chris Yon, three of
the choreographers from P.S. 122¹s 2006/07 season will each present a 15 to
20 minute excerpt of their work.

Saar Harari, will be returning to P.S. 122 this season with his new work
entitled Moopim, a follow up to last fall¹s Herd of Bulls. Heavily
influenced by the time he spent in the army, Herd of Bulls has been
described as ³intense, muscular and visceral.¹ ( Moopim,
which deals less overtly with the army and more with the occupation, focuses
on the duality created by trying to live a life of freedom in the same place
as those who cannot. It is a section from this piece that will be presented
in Union Square.

The Palissimo dance company will be performing an excerpt from next season¹s
Le Petit Mort/Now it¹s Time to Say Goodbye. The company, which involves not
only dancers but a lighting designer, visual designer and dramaturg, led by
choreographer/Artistic Director Pavel Zustiak, creates surreal works using
lighting, fog, mirrors, video and slides. Zustiak¹s work has been called
³weighted, sensual and loose-limbed. But fierceŠ² (The Village Voice) In
their new piece, Le Petit Mort, the company takes a ³look at the small
deaths we endure daily, from profound momentsŠ.to those insignificant and
yet trying momentsŠ²

Chris Yon, who will be working with the Irish Modern Dance Theatre next
season at P.S. 122 will be presenting ELEPHANT(terrible) ASSISTED SUICIDE
[in ought 6], a duet between him and Taryn Griggs. This Œlatter day Buster
Keaton¹ (The Dance Insider) describes his work as "a hybrid of physical
slapstick and esoteric postmodern dance." ELEPHANT(terrible) ASSISTED
SUICIDE [in ought 6] is a densely-layered, hyper-detailed, urgently-paced
duet based loosely on the idea of asking an elephant to dance as a method of
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P. 2/Summer in the Square

About the Artists
Saar Harari was born on a farm in Israel to an artistic family and danced in
the professional dance school of Bat Dor in Tel Aviv until the age of 18
when he began his compulsory military service. After basic training he was
accepted into a special combat unit where he served for six years as a
combat commanding officer. At 24 he left the army and joined the Liat
Dror/Nir Ben-gal Company as a leading dancer, performing all over Europe and
the United States. After two years he left Liat Dror/Nir Ben-gal to create
his first work as an independent choreographer for a dance festival at
Suzanne Dalal center in Tel Aviv. He subsequently performed with the Noa Dar
dance group in Tel Aviv, Europe and Japan. In 2001 he established LeeSaar
The Company with actress and playwright Lee Sher. The company received a
commission from the Mosman Art Gallery in Sydney to create a new work
entitled Ester, which premiered in Sydney and was also performed at the City
Hall Theater of Tel Aviv. In October 2005, Saar premiered Herd of Bulls at
P.S. 122.

Palissimo is a NYC-based dance theatre production company established in
2002 by Pavel Zustiak. Pavel was born in the former Czechoslovakia and
relocated to New York in 1999. He has trained in Paris, British Columbia,
Ontario, and at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. His work
has been seen in Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Czech, Slovakia, France,
Canada and New York. Palissimo aims to assemble artists of various
disciplines to collaborate and produce artistic work involving movement,
dance, sound, light, film, video and scenic design.

Chris Yon (NY) was co-founder & director of Ur, a dance palace in Brooklyn
from 2003-2005. Yon is originally from Los Angeles where he studied with
post modern pioneer Rudy Perez. As a performer he has worked with and for
Yoshiko Chuma (under the auspices of Daghda Dance Company and the School of
Hard Knocks), Ann Carlson, Karinne Keithley and David Neumann. In 2003, he
received a NYFA Fellowship for Performance Art and this September he won a
New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his performance in
Neumann¹s tough, the tough. Recent original productions include Teardrop
Terror (Tangente/WAX 2004), Un Elephant Terrible (La Mama 2004) and The
Legend of Cowboy Loves His Mom (Symphony Space 2003).

Performance Space 122 is a not-for-profit arts center serving the New York
City dance and performance community. P.S.122 has become a major
contributor to the cultural life of NYC and has achieved national and
international recognition as one of this country's most important and
innovative alternative presenting organizations.

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