As part of a new series of Choreographic Guided Tours, designed to be of interest to both the most sophisticated dance lovers and complete newcomers to the form, The Yard is honored to present an evening curated and hosted by legendary dance educator Martha Myers.
Ms. Myers, who was dean of the American Dance Festival’s school from 1969 to 2000, will shed light on the work of three hand-picked, nationally recognized, award-winning choreographers this weekend: Robert Battle, Lisa Race and Marta Renzi. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the work directly, illuminated by Ms. Myers’s insight, warmth and decades of expertise.
Concerts will take place at The Yard on Middle Road in Chilmark, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 8 to 10, at 8 p.m., with a free family matinee on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Tickets for the evening shows are $50 for premium seating, $25 for general admission, and $15 for Seniors and Under 30. The Saturday matinee is free, but reservations are strongly advised. (Donations are gratefully accepted.) For reservations, call 508-645-9662, or buy tickets online at dancetheyard.org.
Choreographer Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company was selected as the American representative to the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly in Düsseldorf, Germany for its unique outlook on the future of modern dance. In 2005, Battle was honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with a medal proclaiming him one of the Masters of African-American Choreography, and he has recently been honored with the coveted Princess Grace Statu e Award for achievements in choreography. Ms. Myers says she chose his work for its “extremes of energy” and its clarity of gesture.
Choreographer Marta Renzi has created site-specific dances for locations such as the Guggenheim Museum, Union Station and the Staten Island ferry. She has made work for groups including the Wagon Train Project in Nebraska, Balletteatro in Portugal, and Ben & Jerry’s dancing ice cream flavors. She received the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1992, and was the first recipient of the Dancing in the Streets award as “a fearless explorer of all manner of unconventional sites, integrating art into everyday life.” She is an innovator in the use of film, one of the things Ms. Myers finds interesting about her. Ms. Myers also admires her delineation of character and the strength of her images.
The Bessie recipient Lisa Race has had her work presented around the U.S., in Argentina, Hong Kong and, most recently, Siberia. Ms. Race has received acclaim for her work as an independent choreographer and for her collaborations with her partner, David Dorfman. Ms. Myers says she chose Lisa Race specifically for the “sense of mystery laced with melancholy” she creates. She finds her work masterful and evocative.
In addition to their individual strengths as choreographers, Ms. Myers says she looks forward to examining the contrast between Race and Renzi’s use of film. The work of all three artists together, she anticipates, will create an exciting, vibrant, moving evening.