Catskill Mountain Foundation To Host Residency By Dance Legend Twyla Tharp With Capital Region Arts Partners
On December 10, 2015, Governor Cuomo announced a New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant via the New York State Council on the Arts of $90,000 to Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady and its partner arts organizations from each of the eight Capital Region counties for the first-ever region-wide cultural performance partnership entitled Pathways to Dance.
This Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant for Pathways to Dance will bring acclaimed artist, Twyla Tharp, in cooperation with the Joyce Theatre, NYC, to the Capital region for a creative residency, performances and exciting activities involving local communities in the dance. Participating organizations include: lead agency Proctors Theater, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, National Museum of Dance, The Egg, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Basilica Hudson, Hubbard Hall, and the Joyce Theatre, NYC.
Pathways to Dance has two key goals – to nurture new and existing audiences for dance in NY State and to instigate the creation of new dance to export to the rest of the world. New York is home to many of the world’s greatest dance artists, companies and choreographers. But the cost of developing new work in New York City presents challenges to the economic vitality of dance. In the Capital Region, lower costs and superb venues for hosting artist residencies provide the ideal setting for creating new dance programming. Pathway to Dance develops a new and hopefully ongoing connection between NYC-based artists and upstate communities to develop, premiere and launch national and worldwide dance tours.
Ms. Tharp’s dance company will reside at the Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter for six weeks, developing new dance works, restaging classic dances from their repertoire, performing and conducting community events. Catskill Mountain Foundation Director of Performing Arts, Pam Weisberg, says the “CMF is honored to be partnering with Proctor’s Theatre and the other Capital Region arts partners in Pathways to Dance. This is a great program that will make it possible for Greene County and nearby residents of the Catskills Region to meet and see the work of legendary dance artist Twyla Tharp—something that might never happen without Pathways to Dance.”
The residency and performance at Catskill Mountain Foundation will be followed by a world premiere by Twyla Tharp at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as a highlight of their 50th Anniversary Season. Other elements of the Pathways to Dance project will include an exhibition on the artist and her work in Saratoga Springs, a book signing in Albany and community participation in dance-making through Tharp’s The One Hundreds at various locations.
Pathways to Dance is also intended to encourage other arts and dance companies to consider the Capital Region for future residencies to create new programming based on the capacity, space and diversity of superb venues available at a reasonable cost.
“We are all excited about the opportunities that will be generated by Pathways to Dance among upstate dance performance venues and downstate dance companies and artists to collaborate on a long term project to nurture and grow the art of dance in New York State,” said Philip Morris, Executive Director of Proctors Theater. “We feel that this will help with the creation of new work, generate new interest in dance throughout the state and build a vital bridge between upstate and downstate cultural institutions.”