WOODSTOCK — On Friday August 9th, Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 pm, and Sunday August 11th at 3 p.m., Choreography on the Edge will present its 30th performance at the beautiful, historic and air conditioned Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock. Since 1990, this innovative program has given professional choreographers and dancers a chance to experiment and push their boundaries, much to the benefit of Hudson Valley’s lovers of dance!
This year we are celebrating our 30th year by bringing back some of the original choreographers as well as some relatively newer favorites. The program promises to stretch the audience’s envelope as well. The line up is comprised of choreographers and dancers spanning a wide range of styles and techniques; primarily modern dance, contemporary ballet and cultural motifs. A number of choreographers will be performing their work as solos, and others will work as duets and trios. Among this stellar group are: Laura Ward with Octavia Cup Dance Theatre and D’amby Project. Louisa Barta and Sara Senecal from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company in Albany will be performing solos, while Laura Teeter will be choreographing and performing a duet with Damon Honeycutt from Pilobolus. Damon will also be presenting one of his own works. Celeste Graves, one of the original choreographers will be presenting a new work. This show promises to be an excellent showcase for the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer.
Also, in honor of the 30th anniversary as well as the 20th year at the Byrdcliffe Theater, Choreography on the Edge will be presenting a second weekend of new works by a different group of local choreographers. On Friday and Saturday, August 16th and 17th at 8pm and Sunday August 18th at 3pm, Choreography on the Edge will present new works by local choreographers Andrea Pastorella, Laura Ward, Julie Manna and Rebecca Frank among others. Also presenting will be Jai Mason from Albany, Jess Lewis from NYC and Jocelyne Danchick from Poughkeepsie by way of France.
A Choreographers Concert began when a group of local choreographers decided to present a showcase of new work, the only requirement being that they combine movement and music in a way that was completely new for them. The presentation was so well received that it became an annual event that drew the participation of non-local choreographers as well, moving from the Woodstock Town Hall to its current home at the Byrdcliffe Theater and updating the name to Choreography on the Edge. Keeping the experimental nature of any artistic endeavor alive is always a challenge, one that Choreography on the Edge has risen to time and again. To maintain this focus on fresh, innovative work and a high standard of professionalism, choreographers are asked to dig deep, incorporating elements they haven’t used before. The pieces are not auditioned and most of them will be premiering, giving the work an immediacy that engages the audience in a more energetic and intimate way.
Choreography on the Edge is produced by Zack Jacobs with greatly appreciated support from The Ulster Ballet Company, The Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild, and the D’amby Project. The historic Byrdcliffe Theater is located at 380 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, in Woodstock, NY. Please visit www.woodstckguild.org for directions (bottom of the “about us/contact” page), or on Google Maps. Tickets are affordably priced at $12 each and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling Zack Jacobs at 845-453-8673, or email ChoreographyontheEdge@gmail.com.