Atlantic Dance Theatre presents Bach and Forward
The Atlantic Dance Theatre spring 2020 performance features Bach and Forward, a project by four acclaimed NC artists: modern choreographer Michelle Pearson, baroque dancer and choreographer Paige Whitley-Bauguess, modern dancer Steven James Rodriguez Velez, and cellist Stephanie Vial. Their collaboration is a new modern-baroque choreography set to movements from J.S. Bach’s iconic Cello Suites performed on baroque cello. The dance types in the suites have a direct relationship to documented historical dances performed by both professional dancers and by the public in 18th-century society, (minuets, gigues, sarabandes, gavottes, etc.). This same music has inspired numerous contemporary choreographers such as Jerome Robbins and Mark Morris, who interpreted the music according to modern performance practices.
This unique performance offers an intriguing exploration of the historical and the modern: dances may begin as solos, may intermingle, and may converge or diverge as the dancers interpret the music from different angles and centuries. During the performance, the artists will discuss their collaborative process and relationships they have rekindled between historical and modern forms. They plan to go back and forward exploring where the art forms may lead, Bach and Forward.
This performance is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, through a Grassroots Arts Grant awarded by the Craven Arts Council and Gallery. www.NCARTS.org