HUNTER — The Catskill Mountain Foundation is beginning the year on a high note with a performance of “Maim” by ZviDance at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
ZviDance brings its audiences a passionate vision of community in a modern age. A collaborative alliance among artists, the company’s stirring work celebrates diversity by melding movement genres into the distinct dance vocabulary constantly evolving and refusing to succumb to dialectics of the medium.
The company is shaped by a collaborative model of creation, involving the ensemble and designers from the initial research phase, so as to constantly push the methodology and ethics of a creation process within an inter-disciplinary format.
MAIM’s creative process began during a three-week residency (supported by NYSCA’s Long-Term Residency Grant) in Catskill, hosted and commissioned by Lumberyard in January 2019.
“Maim” seeks to raise awareness of the world’s diminishing water resources due to global warming. Israeli Zvi Gotheiner grew up in Kibbutz Messilot on the slopes of Mount Gilboa, where King David cursed the land with no rain or dew in his biblical mourning elegy to his beloved Jonathan.
The renowned creative team includes composers Scott Killian, media designer Joshua Higgason, lighting designer Mark London and ZviDance’s athletic and expressive dancers Alison Clancy, Doron Perk, Eila Valls, Jessica Smith, Michael Wang, Nathaniel Hunt and Zachary Gonder.
In the last 25 years, ZviDance has received critical praise and stable funding for its artistic projects, a work that fearlessly refuses to be bounded to specific thematic or aesthetic dogma.
The company performs frequently at home in such New York venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.
ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival. The group has also performed widely abroad in places as diverse as Germany, Poland, Russia, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.
Tickets purchased ahead are: $25, $20 seniors, and $7 for children/students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 seniors and $7 for children/students.
Visit www.catskillmtn.org or call 518 263 2063 for more information.