Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Lar Lubovitch, Artistic Director
KENNEDY CENTER DEBUT
"One of the ten best choreographers in the world"
--The New York Times
"It must be a pleasure to dance the choreography of Lar Lubovitch. To yield appropriately to beautiful music, secure in the hands of a master craftsman..."
--The New York Times
Founded in 1968, the New York City–based Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety. Over the years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the world's foremost modern dance companies. Lubovitch's dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style, and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed throughout the world. Lubovitch's teachers at Juilliard included Antony Tudor, José Limón, Anna Sokolow, and Martha Graham.
The Legend of Ten maps the complex, shifting terrain of Brahms's Quintet in F minor. The "Legend" refers not to a mythic story, but to the symbols by which one reads a map, in this case a map of the music with the ten dancers as cartographers. Created in 2010, Lubovitch says the dance is a "map of the music, the story of the music."
Created in 2007, Little Rhapsodies is a work for three male dancers that draws on 10 of the 12 variations from Schumann's Symphonic Études. The New York Times declares it to be "a keeper," while the Village Voice calls it "a gem."
In the 2011 dance Crisis Variations, Lubovitch challenges his signature approach to interpreting musical scores, creating elements of random occurrence and chance by juxtaposing movement and music that have initially been created separately from one another. The resulting work evokes the mental and emotional states of a crisis, both visually and aurally. The dance is performed by seven dancers and set to a commissioned score by Yevgeniy Sharlat for five musicians.
A D.C. premiere, Transparent Things is a work for 6 dancers inspired by Picasso's Family of Saltimbanques (Family of Performers), which reveals through his use of design and color the lives of itinerant street performers, and by the Debussy String Quartet in G minor, here performed live by the Bryant Park Quartet. His newest work, Lubovitch choreographed it on his company's dancers, who he says "bear more than a passing resemblance to those deeply touching figures in Picasso's painting."
Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours
The Legend of Ten (22 min., followed by a 5-min. pause)
Little Rhapsodies (18 min. followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Crisis Variations (18 min. followed by a 15-min. intermission)
Transparent Things (25 min.)
Explore the Arts: On November 29, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.