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LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY BRINGS D.C. AREA PREMIERE TO THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 14, 2010–Hailed as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world” by The New York Times, Lar Lubovitch creates dances that are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. Dance enthusiasts throughout the world have praised his radiant choreography and deeply humanistic voice. The New York-based Lar Lubovitch Dance Company appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., performing exciting new works as well as classic pieces from Lubovitch’s repertory. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
In this long-awaited appearance, this extraordinary company performs 1978’s “North Star,” a beautiful and mysterious piece set to Philip Glass’ work by the same name and 2005’s “Nature Boy: Kurt Elling” (formerly titled “Love Stories”), set to jazz music from the American songbook performed by Elling. The company also performs the Washington, D.C. premiere of one of Lubovitch’s newest works, 2010’s “Coltrane’s Favorite Things,” set to John Coltrane’s 1963 “Live in Copenhagen” interpretation of Richard Rodgers’ “My Favorite Things” and performed in front of a rendering of Jackson Pollock’s painting “Autumn Rhythm (No. 30).” The Village Voice praised the piece: “Lubovitch may dance to a different drummer, stylistically speaking, but his choreography has found the heartbeat in Coltrane’s music and many of the spatial high jinks in Pollock’s painting.”
Born in Chicago, Lubovitch studied dance at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School, where his instructors included Antony Tudor, José Limón, Anna Sokolow and Martha Graham. After graduation, he performed with numerous ballet, jazz and ethnic dance companies before forming the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968. In addition to choreographing more than 100 dances for his own company, Lubovitch has created dances for numerous professional ensembles throughout the world, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the White Oak Dance Project, among others. Lubovitch also did the musical staging for the 1987 Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, “Into the Woods,” for which he received a Tony nomination, and in 1993, he choreographed the Broadway show, “The Red Shoes,” for which he received the 1993-94 Astaire Award from the Theater Development Fund. Subsequent work included the musical staging for “The King and I” and Walt Disney’s stage version for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” In addition to his work for stage, screen and television, Lubovitch has also created ice dances for Olympic gold medalists John Curry, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill, and a full-length ice-dancing version of “The Sleeping Beauty” for Olympic medalists Robin Cousins and Rosalynn Sumners. In 2007, Lubovitch founded the Chicago Dancing Company, a nonprofit organization with a mission of presenting a wide variety of quality dance and building audiences in his native Chicago. As a part of the effort, the Chicago Dancing Festival was launched in collaboration with Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Chicago. The festival’s official premiere was a free one-night-only dance concert in Millennium Park that was attended by more than 8,000 people and featured dancers from seven leading American dance companies.
Described as a “national treasure” by Variety, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is one of the world’s foremost modern dance ensembles, and has performed in virtually every state and more than 30 countries since it was formed more than 40 years ago. In recognition of its work, the company has received numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. “Freshness, buoyancy and sheer dancerly joy.” (Seattle Times)
“Lar taught me not to be afraid of beauty – he embraces it,” said Susan Shields, a professor in Mason’s School of Dance who was a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for eight years. “Working with someone like that for so many years infused my relationship with dance. It is an idea I try to pass on in my work with our students. I am excited that they will see work I know so intimately.” Shields danced in “North Star” and called it “so magical that the audience will surely feel as though they have traveled through the night sky.” The Mason Dance Company will perform Lubovitch’s “Dvorak Serenade” at its 2011 Gala Concert on March 25 and 26 with Shields as the rehearsal director for the piece.
Tickets for LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit cfa.gmu.edu.
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