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Keigwin + Company 2012 Season

by Michelle Brandon
January 4, 2012
KEIGWIN + COMPANY
announces 2012 Season
KEIGWIN + COMPANY (K+C) announces the company's 2012 season, including two appearances at The Joyce Theater and a return to the Kennedy Center, as well as the premiere of a commission by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin with the Royal Ballet of New Zealand.

The season launches with K+C as part of FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 8pm. The company will perform the acclaimed Runaway, Keigwin's signature work Mattress Suite, and Triptych, a propulsive and vigorous essay on abstraction. FOCUS DANCE, an exciting week-long celebration showcasing eight dance companies, is a new initiative aimed at promoting American dance to the national and international community. The Joyce partners with Gotham Arts Exchange and the Dance/USA Agents Council for this exciting project that will feature some of the most riveting companies in America today. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street). Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased at joyce.org.

K+C returns to The Joyce Theater later in the year with its annual weeklong season and the world premieres of three new dances on June 12 - 17, 2012. The program will include the company's first commissioned piece for 12 dancers set to a score by electronic composer and collaborator Jonathan Pratt, a new quartet, and the first solo work danced by Larry Keigwin in nearly ten years. Megalopolis, a fun and serious blend of formalism and pop performed to a mash-up of music by Steve Reich and M.I.A, will round out the program. Performance schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm & 7:30pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org.

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the Royal Ballet of New Zealand will premiere a new commission by Keigwin. This work will also be a collaboration with composer Adam Crystal, who recently composed the music for the premiere of Balloon Dance. The premiere will take place at The Civic in Auckland, New Zealand. Tickets begin at $35 and are available at www.the-edge.co.nz.

KEIGWIN + COMPANY returns to the Kennedy Center on March 2 & 3, 2012 (after a sold out debut in 2009) with a program that includes the fashion-inspired Runaway, which showcases 12 dancers moving down a runway of light in striking poses and bursts of aggression, set to a driving score by composer Jonathan Pratt. The program will also include audience favorite Love Songs, classical and witty Bird Watching, and Megalopolis. Tickets are $18-55. More information can be found at www.kennedy-center.org.

The company launches its first summer intensive program for aspiring dancers on May 21-25, 2012. "Let's Make A Dance" invites participants to explore the creative process and the rewards of performance alongside professional dancers. Participants will learn to develop their unique voices and hone their skills as collaborative artists, using improvisational and compositional tools in a playful environment. Dancers will explore working as an ensemble while simultaneously learning from and creating with K+C company members. The week culminates in a performance for the professional community. Registration opens in January 2012. For more information, please visit www.keigwinandcompany.com.

June begins with performances at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts as the only national company performing during the center's inaugural season. Performances are June 1 & 2, 2012 at 8pm at The Goodale Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $32 and can be purchased thecowlescenter.org. Later in the month, K+C will perform at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC from June 19-23, 2012.

The company returns for its annual residency at the Green Box Arts Festival from June 24-30, 2012. Green Box is an annual arts festival co-founded by Larry and Christian Keesee and designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to choreographers. The company will be at Green Box for a weeklong creative residency, building a new work to premiere at Bates Dance Festival later in the summer.

On July 20 & 21, 2012, the company will premiere Bolero New Jersey at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. The company will create Bolero New Jersey with 50 community members during a two-week residency .

As part of the Bates Dance Festival, K+C will develop a new dance, Starstruck, inspired by the Bates College Museum of Art's 2012 multi-disciplinary exhibit Starstruck: Astrophotography. K+C will utilize the exhibit's visuals as a launching point to explore celestial and astrological themes. Rounding out the summer season, the company will be in residence from July 22 through August 11 and Starstruck will premiere on August 3rd, 2012 and perform again on August 4, 2012.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin's electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Community projects and education seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process, and bring opportunities for individuals to become more invested in dance. Since K+C's premiere performance at Joyce Soho, Keigwin has created 16 dances, including the large-scale Bolero and recent acclaimed works such as Runaway (2008), the site-specific Sidewalk (2009) and Bird Watching (2010).

Over the past eight years, K+C has presented performances throughout NYC and nationwide. K+C has received grants and generous support from National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, The Greenwall Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The O'Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Christian Keesee Charitable Trust, Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Fund, and the Royce Family Fund.

Larry Keigwin (Artistic Director) is a native New Yorker and graduate from Hofstra University, where he received a BA in Dance. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals throughout New York City and across the country.

In addition to his work with K+C, recent commissions include Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The Juilliard School, The New York Choreographic Institute, and The Martha Graham Dance Company, among many others. In 2010, Keigwin was named the Vail International Dance Festival's first artist in residence, during which time he created and premiered a new work with four of ballet's most prominent stars. Also in 2010, he staged the opening event of Fashion Week: "Fashion's Night Out: The Show," which was produced by Vogue and featured over 150 of the industry's top models. In 2011, Keigwin choreographed the new musical Tales of the City, at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, as well as the new off-Broadway production of RENT, now running at New World Stages. Keigwin has most recently been commissioned to create a new ballet on the Royal Ballet of New Zealand in February 2012.

Keigwin's other choreographic credits include work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an associate choreographer for both The Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical The Wild Party. Keigwin has also created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Mr. Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's "Le Sacre Du Printemps" and Julie Taymor's "The Magic Flute," in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in "Dream Analysis"), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared in the Broadway show "Dance of the Vampires" and the Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated film "Across the Universe." He is a co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to choreographers.

For more information, visit www.keigwinandcompany.com.
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