Bringing the Bessies Winner Upstate

Kyle Marshall Choreography.

Year: 2019-2020
DanceForce Member: Kim Engel
Artist: Kyle Marshall
Community Partners: The Egg, Albany
Audience: 100
County: Albany

As part of the ongoing commitment of the NYS DanceForce to the annual Juried Bessies Award winner, DF member Kim Engel will use a portion of her allocation to welcome Kyle Marshall and his company to Albany for a single performance as part of the Dance in Albany, a joint series presented by The Egg and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.  The engagement will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at UAlbany and will be presented in that venue’s “In the Raw” format.   Repertory for the performance is still be determined and may include both established and developing repertory.

“In the Raw” is a format for performance in a studio setting. It is intended to be more informal than a performance on a proscenium stage, giving the audience an up close and intimate experience with dance. Technical elements are purposefully and practically minimal; putting the focus of attention on the movement and choreography. There is dialogue between the artists and audience in whatever format the company is most comfortable (pre-show talk, introductions to each repertory piece during the program, etc.). There will be a post-performance reception in the theatre lounge so that the conversation between artist and audience can continue.

This performance will give Capital Region audiences a close up look at an emerging choreographer whose work has yet to be presented in this area. It will give the choreographer and company a chance to expose their work to a new audience which should be helpful in giving them a sense of how it is received outside of New York City.  The opportunities for dialogue during and after the performance should prove beneficial for both the artists and the audience.