March 2, 2022

Choreographer, Pianist Collaborate On Version of  “Goldberg Variations”

BACH REIMAGINED: Pam Tanowitz Dance and pianist Simone Dinnerstein will join forces for a performance of “New Work for Goldberg Variations” at McCarter Theatre on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Pam Tanowitz Dance will perform New Work for Goldberg Variations at McCarter Theatre on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

Dinnerstein and Tanowitz collaborated on the work, which “deconstructs classical, formal, and traditional movement vocabularies, mirroring and conversing with Bach’s score in an interplay of rhythm, style, and idiosyncrasy,” according to a press release about the piece. “Shifting between encoded gestures and virtuosic dancing, it demonstrates the rich emotional world lying beneath the poised surface of the Goldberg’s musical architecture.”

Dinnerstein is one of the best-known Bach interpreters of her generation, as well as a specialist in The Goldberg Variations, having recorded it for her breakout debut album in 2007. She performs the piece live with the dancers onstage.

Since that recording, she has played with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sydney Opera House. She has made 13 albums, all of which topped the Billboard classical charts, with repertoire ranging from Couperin to Glass.

This season, she gives the world premiere of The Eye Is the First Circle at Montclair State University, the first multi-media production she has conceived, created, and directed, which uses as source materials her father Simon Dinnerstein’s painting The Fulbright Triptych and Charles Ives’s Piano Sonata No. 2 (Concord). In addition, she premieres Richard Danielpour’s An American Mosaic, a tribute to those affected by the pandemic, in a performance on multiple pianos placed throughout Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. She also joins Renée Fleming, the Emerson String Quartet, and Uma Thurman for performances of André Previn and Tom Stoppard’s Penelope at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Pam Tanowitz Dance was founded in 2000. Since then, Tanowitz has received commissions and/or residencies at Fisher Center at Bard’s Summerscape Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Chicago Dancing Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center “Out of Doors,” Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MANCC, New York Live Arts, and Center for the Performing Arts at UCLA. She choreographed a dance for New York City Ballet in 2019, and the company will premiere another work by her this spring.

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