Under the Skin: Dances by James Waring, Aileen Passloff and David Parker - 92Y, New York

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Under the Skin: Dances by James Waring, Aileen Passloff and David Parker

Iconoclast Lineage

David Parker, the rhythm-inspired choreographer, traces his roots, exploring the choreography of James Waring and Aileen Passloff.

James Waring, a revered figure in New York's experimental dance world in the 1950s and 60s worked with and inspired many members of the Judson Dance Theater and beyond. Parker was introduced to his work while a student of Aileen Passloff’s at Bard College in the 1970s. Passloff, a muse and colleague of Waring's, restages Waring's Octandre (1958) and her own Nocturne for Bob for these performances. Additionally, Richard Colton stages Waring’s 12 Objects from Tender Buttons (1972) with text by Gertrude Stein read by Parker. Parker’s kinship with Waring, an artist whose refusal to conform to preconceptions about high and low art, ballet and modern, popular and serious dance, inspired his own works including, Settling Scores, Enough and Running with Scissors performed on this program.

Program subject to change.

The Bang Group

The Bang Group was founded in 1995 by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker. It is dedicated to Parker's love of rhythmic form and is known for its commitment to craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity.

David Parker

David Parker has pursued an unusually diverse performance career which includes "downtown" dance, traditional modern, classical character roles, rhythm tap, experimental tap and singing and acting.

Aileen Passloff

Aileen Passloff is an acclaimed choreographer, dancer, director, actor and teacher.

James Waring

James Waring (November 1, 1922 - December 2, 1975) was a dancer, choreographer, costume designer, theatre director, playwright, poet and visual artist, based in New York City from 1949 until his death in 1975.