Friday, January 20 at 7:30pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
Admission is free. Reservations required.
“The troupe’s superpower is clear: its strong and versatile dancers, artists who appear to be physically capable of anything.”—New York Times
“More than just a dance company.”—Dance Magazine
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE! Founded by choreographer Gina Gibney in 1991, the New York City–based Gibney Company works with renowned and rising international choreographers representing a broad range of aesthetics and techniques. Tapping into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation, Gibney advocates for issues such as diversity, mental health, and economic empowerment in the dance field with the aim of redefining what it means to be a 21st-century contemporary dance company.
Gibney’s dancers, who have expanded and vital roles as both artists and activists, are known as Artistic Associates. “What is most striking about the Gibney Company is the prowess of the Artistic Associates,” states Catherine Tharin of The Dance Enthusiast. “They dive into the space with abandon. They partner with ease. Hyper-mobility defines their bodies. A fluid spine, pliable thigh sockets, wide lunges, seemingly impossible back arches, soft arms, and untroubled extensions abound.”
The show will feature the following commissioned repertory:
> Yag 2022 is the company premiere of a reimagining of Ohad Naharin’s acclaimed 1996 work for Batsheva Dance Company. It features six dancers whose relationships are gradually revealed through the work’s deft storytelling incorporating dance, speech, visual symbolism, and imaginative staging.
> A Measurable Existence by Yin Yue delves into how we discover aspects of ourselves by discovering others. The moment we realize our journeys parallel, intersect, repel, or collide with others’ experiences, we begin a new understanding of our own existence that may frighten, challenge, and, at the same time, sustain us.
Don’t miss these special performances by this vital group, which has rapidly emerged as a cultural leader by reimagining both the art and the practice of contemporary dance today.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices with support from our media partner, KCRW. Co-sponsored by the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Photo: Gibney Company Artistic Associate Alexander Anderson and Gibney Company Apprentice Jordan Powell by Michael Slobodian