Finally, Thursday night will also introduce to Washington for the first time [Yoshiko Chuma]'s "Bessie"-award winning New York troupe, the School of Hard Knocks, which will give four performances in the ongoing, month-long "Japan-America Dance Project" series organized and hosted by Washington's preeminent contemporary dance center, the Dance Place. ("Bessie" is the nickname for the Dance Theater Workshop's annual New York Dance and Performance Awards.) Chuma arrived in the United States from Japan in 1977, founded her troupe five years ago and has been making heavy waves in the forefront of new dance ever since.
The [Choo-San Goh] work the Washington Ballet will perform at Lisner is one he created originally for Israel's Bat-Dor Dance Company in 1985. Entitled "Moments Remembered," it is set to Scriabin's Third Piano Sonata. The new [George Balanchine] entering the company's repertory will be "Square Dance," the 1957 opus that blends rustic Americana with typical Balanchinian neoclassic formalisms, all to Baroque music by Corelli and Vivaldi. The program will also see the company premiere of [Paul Taylor]'s "Esplanade," the first genuine masterpiece of modern dance choreography the Washington Ballet has acquired.
PHOTO,,Steven Caras;PHOTO,,Richard N. Greenhouse;PHOTO,,Bill Wippert;PHOTO,,Paul Kolnik;Photo CAPTION:Heather Watts and Jack Soto in the New York City Ballet's "Ecstatic Orange." CAPTION:Danna Cronin in Washington Ballet's "Esplanade." CAPTION:Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks. CAPTION:[Deborah Riley] of Perlo/Bloom & Company. CAPTION:The New York City Ballet in a scene from "Brahms/Handel."
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