Pam Tanowitz to Be First Choreographer in Residence at Bard Center
Pam Tanowitz, whose 2018 piece “Four Quartets” at the Bard Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., received critical raves, will return as its first choreographer in residence, the center announced on Thursday.
For the position, a three-year residency to begin in February, Ms. Tanowitz will create three commissioned dances, including a collaboration with the New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns; she will also develop a digital archive of her work.
Ms. Tanowitz’s time at the Fisher Center is being supported by a $1.2 million gift from the philanthropists Jay Franke and David Herro.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for me,” Ms. Tanowitz said in an interview. “As a midcareer artist sometimes it’s hard to keep going as far as support, and this is allowing me to have some stability for the creative process and performance.”
For the first commissioned dance, Ms. Mearns will join four performers in an outdoor piece — Ms. Tanowitz’s first. “Sara came to me and said she was interested in working with me,” Ms. Tanowitz said. “She was actually the one who challenged me and said ‘I want to do something different.’ ”
The second piece will form a sort of trilogy with “New Work for Goldberg Variations” and “Four Quartets,” dances that are “almost mirror versions of each other,” Ms. Tanowitz said. The third dance will be another first for her: a work made to be performed in a museum or gallery space. The plan, she said, is to bring the dance to three or four museums and alter it depending on the space available and the site’s geographical location and history.
The residency will also provide an opportunity for Ms. Tanowitz to archive her work. She said she plans to engage with writers and filmmakers to make sure her archive has its own artistic value.
Ms. Tanowitz will also be involved with Bard College’s undergraduate students. She and her team will teach, perform and engage with students about the creative process.
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