Arts Alive A low risk indoor & in-person performance series at Arts on Site, 12 St. Mark's Place, NYC, 10003 Sunday, March 14 at 6:30 and 8:30pm
Mostly Chopin: Dances by Isadora with pianist Nathaniel LaNasa Program
March 14 at 6:30 and 8:30pm running time approx. 40 min. NOTE: audience is limited to 16 members per performance, performers and audience are required to wear masks at all times
Tickets: March 14 at 6:30pm March 14 at 8:30pm DANCES BY ISADORA provides a contemporary lens on Duncan’s work creating a link to current dance-making approaches and bringing dance history to new audiences. For this event, entitled Mostly Chopin, we are collaborating with pianist Nathaniel LaNasa to share dances created in the early 20th century in which Duncan questions loneliness, isolation, mortality and hope. Join dancers, Abra Cohen, Charlotte Hendrickson, Jessie King and Catherine Gallant in this intimate setting as we explore these works of dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and the music which inspired her. Nathaniel LaNasa Fascinated with the intersection of storytelling, speech, and movement, pianist Nathaniel LaNasa partners with singers, dancers, and ensembles in music spanning five centuries. A consummate collaborator, Nate has been praised for his “stormy lyricism” (New York Times) as well as his “poise and elegance” (Feast of Music).Winner of the 2019 Joy In Singing International Art Song Competition with baritone Gregory Feldmann, the duo made their Carnegie debut in February 2020. Nate also performs regularly with vocalist Lucy Dhegrae, most recently at Resonant Bodies Festival and Albany’s American Music Festival. NYC credits include Alice Tully Hall, MoMA, and (le) Poisson Rouge. “The magic,” Nate says, “lies in expanding the space of our shared inspiration. For me, it’s all about dancing with the tension and flow of musical dialogue.” Nathaniel-lanasa.com
Catherine Gallant, (dancer, choreographer and educator) has been creating work for more than 30 years. Catherine is the director of Dances by Isadora which, since 1989, performs, teaches and collaborates with dancers throughout the world, most recently at Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Series and with French choreographer, Jerome Bel on his recent work, Isadora Duncan. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan in 1982 with Julia Levien and is currently on the Duncan Archive Committee - duncanarchive.org. Her contemporary choreographic work is created through Catherine Gallant/DANCE which brings dance to new audiences through direct interaction with the public. Ms. Gallant's work has been performed in Times Square, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Jones Beach. She has also presented work at 92Y, City Center Studios, All Over Westbeth and most recently at Inwood Hill Park sponsored in part by the Partnerships for Parks. Catherine is a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Abra Cohen is a New York City based dancer. She holds a BA in Art History/BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she performed works by Paul Taylor, Carolyn Dorfman, and Amy Chavasse. Abra has danced with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, and Moving Visions Dance. She joined Catherine Gallant/DANCE and Dances by Isadora in 2017.
Charlotte Hendrickson is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and healer. She received her B.A. in dance from Bard College. Charlotte has been featured in works by Aileen Passloff, Toby Armour, Sondra Loring, Noemie LaFrance, Susan Osberg, Emma Grace Skove-Epes, and Zahava Griss. Charlotte began dancing with Catherine Gallant/DANCE and Dances by Isadora in 2015. You can contact her at Charlotte.Hendrickson@gmail.com
Jessie King is a native New Yorker and has trained at The Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem and The School of American Ballet. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School as a dance major and she continued to pursue modern dance making at Bennington College. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with Dances by Isadora this year and to have been able to hone her Duncan training with Loretta Thomas and Moving Visions Dance.