“Cantankerous Wiegenlied Promo A”
[State College, PA] – A man and three women, dancing in isolation, inhabit a destroyed landscape punctuated with trash and dead trees. As attempts to communicate fail, they seek their own survival strategies—while an astonished bystander tries, unsuccessfully, to comprehend.
That’s the scenario presented in “A Cantankerous Wiegenlied” by TanzTheater André Koslowski, formerly known as The Pennsylvania Dance Theatre. This new dance theater work will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on July 10 at the State Theatre in State College, Pa., during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
Admission is free with a Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts button, available at stores, information booths, and performance sites during the festival, July 9-13.
TanzTheater André Koslowski has earned a reputation for staging intense dance theater works that challenge and provoke, and this performance continues the company’s exploration of the boundaries of dance and theater. Attendees can expect a bracing and thought-provoking experience, dark in tone, but laced with wicked humor.
Dancer-choreographer André Koslowski, in collaboration with Swiss theater-maker Leonie Stein, built on last season’s “Wiegenlied”—the German word for lullaby—to create this new, evening-length piece. As the name suggests, “A Cantankerous Wiegenlied” is intense, but contains many moments of silence that open spaces for personal associations and reflections.
Dancers and actors will include André Koslowski, Jennifer Keller, Maira Duarte, Tina Konrath, Marilyn Wheatley, and Efraín Amaya, who is also the company’s music director. The performance also features the work of set designer Susana Amundarain, costume designer Naoko Nagata, and lighting designer Greg Ray, all of whom have contributed to previous TanzTheater André Koslowski productions.
TanzTheater André Koslowski works across boundaries to extend the artistic possibilities of dance and challenge audiences. The company actively collaborates with internationally renowned set designers, composers, choreographers, and performers, and is dedicated to exploring the borders between contemporary dance and other artistic disciplines.
Under the direction of German choreographer André Koslowski, the company has performed on national and international stages to rave reviews. The Pittsburgh Dance Examiner’s Adrienne Totino hailed the company’s ability to impress the audience with a “genuine… raw openness,” and Pittsburgh City Paper’s Steve Sucato notes that Koslowski’s work can “conjure a panoply of emotional states not unlike those of fellow German choreographer, the late Pina Bausch.”
Koslowski’s deep understanding of dance traditions and his formative experiences in the European dance theater community result in pieces that survey the world with an unflinching eye and seek to reflect the full range of human experience. To watch Koslowski’s work is to inhabit a world of layered emotions, stories, and gestures that embrace laughter as much as sorrow, and the illogical as much as the reasonable.
For more information about TanzTheater André Koslowski and the performance of “A Cantankerous Wiegenlied,” contact André Koslowski at 814-883-6907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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