Pam Tanowitz

Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. Her abstract movement challenges stylistic expectations, conventions of composition as well as the concert-going experience itself.  Tanowitz’ mission is to revitalize abstraction and formalism by obliterating the self-imposed dialectical boundaries of each, while stretching the material into uncharted territory.

Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000 as a platform for Tanowitz to explore her vision with a consistent group of dancers. Since then the company has received commissions and residencies at prestigious performance venues such as The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. The company has been selected by The New York Times Best of Dance 3 years in a row. ( 2013, 2014 and 2015)

Pam was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and as the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14.  In 2009 she received a Bessie Award for her dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop.  Tanowitz has been invited to create new work for The Vail International Dance Festival and City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival; has set work on The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, New York Theater Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet; and has been a guest choreographer in the dance departments at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College And Purchase College.  Additional awards include three Joyce Theater Residency Grants, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award. She holds dance degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College. She is Resident Fellow at New York University's Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York City Center and currently teaches at Rutgers University. Pam Tanowitz is the 2016 Juried Bessie Award Winner .

Visiting Artist | February 1- 13, 2017

New Work for Goldberg Variations (working title)

New Work for Goldberg Variations is an evening-length piece for piano and a sextet of dancers, inspired by and set to the live performance of Bach’s iconic score, performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Dinnerstein, one of the foremost interpreters of the Goldberg Variations in recent years, brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding score to the project; Tanowitz’s choreography will deconstruct classical movement vocabularies and expand these movements to highlight tension and emotion in new ways.

Tanowitz is an artist who continues to mine the canon of classical vocabularies as a fully post-modern experimentalist. Her MANCC residency will focus on developing a movement vocabulary for New Work for Goldberg Variations. Exploring performing rituals, mining codified techniques in an unusually layered contemporary collage and imbued with rich, mysterious undertones, the work plays with narrative and abstraction, and formality and immediacy, creating a progression of images that dissolve and reappear throughout the work’s path.

This residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Collaborators in Residence: Simone Dinnerstein [Pianist], Maile Okamura [Costume Designer], Maggie Cloud, Lindsey Jones, Jason Collins, Christine Flores [Dancers]

World Premiere

Lin Hixson and
Matthew Goulish

The Three Matadores
March 11 & 12


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