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Terrain, coreography by Rebecca Lazier, at Joyce SoHo, New York, January 29-31

by Sarah Hart
January 29, 2009
Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
212-431-9233
THIS WEEK – And Regular Tickets ONLY $10

TERRAIN

Choreography by Rebecca Lazier
January 29 - 31, 2009 at Joyce SoHo
Opening Night Benefit

DISCUSSION & RECEPTION

AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE


Terrain, choreography by Rebecca Lazier, premieres two dance installations at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince) this week January 29th – 31st, 2009. The evening, created in collaboration with composer Gregory Spears, lighting designer Aaron Copp, costume designers Mary Jo Mecca and Heidi Barr, and the performers Jennifer Lafferty, Rommel Salveron, Emily Stone, Storme Sundberg, and Christopher Williams, is conceived as a way to encourage audience reaction and discourse. There will be a reception after each performance. Terrain is presented in association with Joyce SoHo.

The first act is entitled Terminal. Shifting dramatically between the dreamlike and the recognizable, between a sensory environment that is overwhelming and one that is subtle, Terminal attempts to recall for the audience long-forgotten and vaguely remembered moments in their individual pasts. Audience members are enclosed in the same sound and light environment as the dancers, giving them a more immediate, visceral experience of the moment of remembering.

The second act, Serenade, is performed to Tchiakovsky's "Serenade in C." The dance builds steadily from the intimate to the grandiose, rearranging the shape and format of the theater as it goes. Serenade asks "what is good?" And do you contradict yourself when what you believe to be 'good' turns out to be unattainable or if you decide later that it is undesirable?

The final act is a discussion between the audience and the performers and choreographer. Rebecca is committed to offering the audience an opportunity to ask questions, and ultimately to validate their individual experiences of the work. She is also seeking to create more avenues for 'peer review' of finished choreography and performance within the dance community.

Terrain is a collaborative project based performance company directed by choreographer Rebecca Lazier. Lazier's choreography has roots in experimental, contemporary, post-modern, modern and classical dance. Terrain has performed at Joyce SoHo, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Guggenheim; in numerous area venues; nationally in Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Diego among others cities, and have been presented internationally in Canada, Russia and Turkey. Recently, Terrain was in residence at James Madison University, The Yard and Shenendoah Conservatory and at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival from 2003-2006. For information, visit / contact: www.terraindance.org or 917-553-1418.

Rebecca Lazier is currently a third year artist-in-residence at Movement Research and recently completed an artistic residency with The Joyce Theater Foundation with editing advisor Susan Marshall. Previous artistic residencies and awards include: The Yard, Djerassi Resident Artist Program Honorary Fellow, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; and the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center. She has received funding for her choreography from the Canada Council for the Arts, Princeton University, Nova Scotia Arts Council, and USIS. Rebecca is currently Acting Head of Dance at Princeton University.

Performances of Terrain are Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 3:00 pm. Regular tickets are only $10 and children under 12 are free. The Opening Benefit tickets are $25. $10 tickets are also available for this performance. Tickets are available by calling: (212) 352-3101 and www.joyce.org. The Joyce SoHo Box Office opens approximately one half hour before the performances.
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