Gibney Company : Up Close
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The reimagined Gibney Company presents the first iteration of its new series, Up Close, featuring world premieres by internationally recognized choreographers Rena Butler, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Yin Yue. Works on the program reflect a range of contemporary choreographic styles and explore present-day concerns around reconfiguring and maintaining identity, while navigating personal and shared spaces. Join us to get an intimate look at Gibney Company’s newest commissions and don’t miss a special post-performance reception with the Company on opening night!
Gibney Company is grateful for leadership support from Andrew A. Davis and the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund.
ABOUT THE WORKS
Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
To the End of Love
Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s To the End of Love explores how technology has changed the pursuit of romance. Fewer young people meet casually, as social networks have become a filter to get to know others. However, love, and moreover desire, need physical contact. What happens when we look into the eyes of another human being and touch their skin? Will human contact prevail? Or will we end up preferring to worship an image on the screen? Set design by Luis Crespo Portero and costume design by Mark Eric x Caitlin Taylor.
A Measurable Existence
Our existence is often measured, remembered, shared and felt by our interactions with space, time and each other. In A Measurable Existence, Yin Yue delves into how we discover aspects of ourselves by discovering others. The moment we realize our journeys parallel, intersect, repel or collide with others’ experiences, we begin a new understanding of our own existence that may frighten, challenge and, at the same time, sustain us. A Measurable Existence is set to a score by Rutger Zuydervelt, lighting design by Asami Morita, and costume designed by Christine Darch.
Rena Butler: Re | Build | Construct (Part 1)
Loosely referencing the “Allegory of the Cave” from Book 7 of Plato’s Republic, Rena Butler’s Re | Build | Construct examines how our realities are shaped by personal and shared environments. When our surroundings shift, our perspective, and reality, may change. The piece grapples with the effects of changing environments by evaluating the continuous reconfiguration of one’s sense of self in both individual and collective spaces. The work includes an original set and lighting by designer Tsubasa Kamei, an original score by Darryl J. Hoffman, and costumes by fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin.
ABOUT GIBNEY COMPANY
Gibney Company, led by Artistic Director Gina Gibney and Director Gilbert T Small II, is Gibney’s resident dance ensemble. Gibney Company is a creation-based repertory company commissioning work from both internationally renowned and emerging choreographers who are committed to exploring connections between the rigorous, often superhuman physicality of contemporary dance alongside responsive, humanistic storytelling.
Transformed in 2020 through a $2 million gift from Andrew A. Davis, a Trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, Gibney Company (formerly Gibney Dance Company) presents a broad range of aesthetics and techniques and has an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity.