The New York Times has called Lar Lubovitch “one of the best ten choreographers in the world.”
And whether you’re a serious devotee of modern dance or just curious about the exciting, often electrifying connection between music and movement, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is likely to have something on tap that will tickle your fancy on Thursday evening when they leap into the spotlight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.
The program on Thursday evening will span quite a wide musical spectrum – from jazz sax legend John Coltrane’s iconic interpretation of “My Favorite Things” to contemporary visionary Philip Glass’ “North Star” to the classical canon of Brahms’ “Piano Quintet.”
“I became interested in Coltrane’s music because of what I perceived as its relationship to the visual art of the period during which he was working,” Lubovitch explains. “Coltrane devised a system that critics called a ‘sheet of sound,’ a kind of nonstop barrage of sounds with various densities coming and going. Simultaneously, artists like Jackson Pollock were creating … paintings that looked very much to me like Coltrane’s sheets of sound. So I tried to create a similar choreographic field of action.”
The performance by the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company begins at 8pm on Thursday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. There will also be a pre-performance talk at 7:30pm featuring Nancy Colahan and Jeanne Solan, former dancers with the company, and dance critic, author and Skidmore instructor Jay Rogoff, who will moderate. Admission to the talk is free to all ticketholders for the dance performance. All tickets are $30, although there is a $5 discount for Saratoga ArtsFest pass-holders.
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