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Upcoming Dance Events


Friday, March 6, 2015 – Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Dance Concert, Spring 2015

Choreographed and performed by Bard students, assisted by professional lighting and costume designers, this concert gives students a chance to explore new territory in dance making. Some dances are presented in partial fulfillment for acceptance into the program.

Friday, March 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 7, 2pm
Saturday, March 7, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 8, 4pm

Free, reservations encouraged; Box Office 845-758-7900

Location: Fisher Center, LUMA Theater

Friday, April 10, 2015 – Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Faculty Dance Concert

Featuring choreography and performance by Bard Dance Faculty with special guest choreographer Zvi Gotheiner. Zvi Gotheiner, Artistic Director of ZviDance, a NYC-based contemporary dance company, will stage excerpts from his 1991 seminal work, "Chairs," for 11 students from the Bard Dance Program. An athletic and lyrical dance set to a diverse sound scape of music from movie soundtracks to Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Chairs" has been called "flawless," "visually stunning" and "beautifully shaped." The solos, duets and quartets reveal the full spectrum of human emotion in a fierce and haunting piece that explores the relationship of individuals to each other and their environments. Gotheiner's seamless merging of his folk dance roots with classical vocabulary are in full expression in "Chairs."

Friday, April 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 11, 2pm
Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 12, 4pm

Tickets: $15, Free for to the Bard Community; Box Office 845-758-7900

Location: Fisher Center, LUMA Theater

Friday, May 8, 2015 – Sunday, May 10, 2015

Senior Dance Concert

Choreographed and performed by seniors in the Bard Dance Program, this concert of Senior Projects in dance, represents the culmination of four years of intensive choreographic inquiry. Their ideas are supported by a professional staff of designers.

Friday, May 8, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 9, 2pm
Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 10, 4pm

Free, reservations encouraged; Box Office 845-758-7900

Location: Fisher Center, LUMA Theater

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Residency: Public Showing

Performance followed by Q&A

Free, reservations encouraged; Box Office 845-758-7900

Time: 2:00 pm Location: Fisher Center, LUMA Theater

Welcome

In the Bard College Dance Program we see the pursuit of artistry and intellect as a single endeavor. We believe that the study of dance is a cognitive act demanding both physical practice and academic exploration. We focus on dance and choreography as performing art with an interdisciplinary scope. Students are exposed to areas of inquiry that represent the broader context in which the art form exists, in and outside of the arts. We expect students to take risks–risks that call on their participation as citizens of the world and cultivate their perceptive sensibilities. We foster the discovery of a dance vocabulary that is meaningful to the dancer/choreographer and essential to his or her creative ambitions. This discovery leads to the cultivation of original choices–choices informed by a full exploration of a student’s surroundings, choices that find expression in new and dynamic ways. We prepare dancers for the versatility and integration necessary to face the questions: Where will dance go next? What will the next dance revolution look like, and where will it come from? We believe that serious inquiry in all areas of the liberal arts is critical to the development of the whole person and to the success of our future artists.

Bill T. Jones Talks about A Rite at Bard SummerScape

Bill T. Jones, executive artistic director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, talks about the significance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and A Rite. The latter is a new work created in collaboration with SITI Company, which premiered at Bard SummerScape in July 2013. Bill T. Jones and his company are in residence at the College.

Why I Chose Bard

"Essentially through making dance a central part of my life here, I have found a new frame of mind to enter academics and the rest of my interests in life, using this daily physical and creative practice to ground my energy and focus it on a multitude of ideas both inside and outside the studio." —Dance Major, 2014

“What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist. I decided on philosophy as my second major, and I think they fit together beautifully and they're inseparable. ... One makes me better at the other." —Dance/Philosophy Major Samuel Pratt '14

Live Arts On Campus Day 2012

Live Arts on Campus Day is one of the many activities that occur each semester as part of the partnership between the Bard College Dance Program and New York Live Arts / Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

New York Live Arts/Bard College Partnership from New York Live Arts on Vimeo.

Video created by Ayana Enomoto-Hurst, Bard '12, with music by Dean Sharp.