LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE IN PREVIEW SHOWING OF A NEW BALLET
Sunday March 29 at 7 PM
City Center Studio, 130 West 56 Street, 4th floor studio (bet. 6th & 7th
Suggested donation: $10
"...a show of Johnson's works that demonstrated perhaps the
choreographic fusion of ballet and modern-dance techniques
invented......a scrumptious evening."
Sagolla, Backstage, April 2008
Lydia Johnson will present her 8-member company in a preview showing of her
new work to music by contemporary Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, Sunday
March 29 at 7 PM in the City Center Studios, 130 West 56 Street.
Johnson's special affinity for the music of Gorecki has led her back to the
composer for this third ballet to one of his compositions. She describes
his music as "often intense and rhythmic, with passages of achingly - almost
eerie - softness." Continuing to talk about her new, as yet untitled, work,
Johnson adds: "In this new piece there seems to be a sense of the five women
having lived a life limited in scope, and yet their inner experience feels
expansive. The sense of constriction and withheld emotion with which the work
opens, eventually dissipates, and the characters embrace a powerful and
passionate life force."
Creation of the new Gorecki work has been funded by a Geraldine R. Dodge
Lydia Johnson Dance has recently been seen on the Inside/Out Series at
Jacob's Pillow and the Downtown Dance Festival, as well as in regular seasons for
ten years in New York venues and at the South Orange Performing Arts Center,
where they are a company-in-residence. Originally from Massachusetts,
Johnson studied in New York with Finis Jhung, Liane Plane, Sara Rudner, and on
scholarship at the Ailey School. She also attended Brandeis University and
State U/Purchase. Her calling has always been to choreograph, and her works
have been called "fascinating in the way they isolated and reworked components
of classical ballet," by Jennifer Dunning, who labeled Johnson "a true
original." (The New York Times, 2004)
Lydia Johnson Dance will have its next New York season July 16-18, 8 PM, at
the Ailey Citigroup Theater.