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Workshops with Pablo Aran Gimeno and Jorge Puerta Armenta

Tue, January 5th, 2016
9:00 am

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Workshops with Pablo Aran Gimeno and Jorge Puerta Armenta

Hosted by Theatre Department’s Associate Professor Omar Sangare, Dance Department’s Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance Sandra Burton and Artist-in-Residence in Dance Erica Dankmeyer, and the Lecture Committee.

This winter, performing artists Pablo Aran Gimeno and Jorge Puerta Armenta will visit Williams College to share their inspiring work and professional expertise with students involved in theatre and dance. Both artists are primarily known for their performances created by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a German dance company founded in 1973 by Pina Bausch. Since its inception, the company has brought its innovative and original work on tours around the globe, and it continues to be a leader in the development of modern dance.

In her three decades at the helm of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch elevated her company to international acclaim and became one of the foremost choreographers of her time. Born in Solingen in 1940, Bausch achieved excellence at the age of fourteen by studying under Kurt Jooss, one of the founders of German Expressionist dance. She eventually took over his Folkwang Ballet Company in 1969 before beginning her work as the artistic director of the Wuppertal Opera Ballet. Before her death in 2009, Bausch produced a number of striking pieces that revolutionized dance, including the Rite of Spring (1975), which was performed on a peat-covered stage, and Café Müller (1978), which displayed dancers staggering about the stage and falling over tables and chairs. Bausch helped pioneer a German style known as Tanztheater, which blended dance and drama by mixing short bursts of surreal dialogue and action with prominent stage sets. Bausch gained accolades throughout her life, including the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award from the Society of London Theatre, and she was elected as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

As one of the company’s performers, Pablo Aran Gimeno uses his artistic skills to grapple with the themes that were essential to Bausch’s vision of the human condition. Aran Gimeno first achieved prominence in ballroom dance, gaining international acclaim in the 10-Dance style. Later, he studied in Barcelona and Madrid, where he developed a deeper expertise in Contemporary Dance, Classical Dance, and Contact Improvisation through his work at the Royal Conservatory.

Jorge Puerta Armenta found his way into the same company through a different path. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Puerta Armenta received a scholarship in 1994 to attend the Centre National deDanse Contemporaine in Angers, France. After completing his academic studies, Puerta Armenta worked with the Folkwang Tanz Studio in Essen for seven months until he was asked to join Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Jorge Puerta Armenta has created numerous dance and theatre works including: At 17 Centimeters (Germany, 2013), The Silence Falls From the Trees (Institute of Arts from Bogota Colombia, 2012), Nothing Unusual (Germany, 2014), and Look (Germany, 2014).

Both artists continue to serve modern dance, art, and culture by enriching their artistic performances and teaching workshops for students in a variety of places. This time, Pablo and Jorge are coming to Williams to choreograph Princess Ivona, a theatre production directed by Prof. Omar Sangare and remounted at Williams, with an upcoming show at Theatre Row in New York City. During their stay at Williams they will offer two workshops for Theatre and Dance. Students are encouraged to participate in one or both workshops:

Workshop #1 – MainStage, ’62 CTD, Tue. Jan. 5th, 2016, 9am – 12pm

Workshop #2 – MainStage, ’62 CTD, Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016, 9am – 12pm

For more information please contact: Prof. Omar Sangare at omar.sangare@williams.edu

Special Thanks to the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment

More info about Princess Ivona at: http://62center.stage.williams.edu/events/princess-ivona-a-revival-for-new-york-city/

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