Recommended from Middle and High School students
Study guide available
Fee: $2,000

“I would highly recommend this program. It blended so many areas-- music, movement, culture, visual art, drama, history -- a well rounded project”
~ Fine Arts Coordinator

“The dancers’ interaction with sculpture and the use if sculpture in a renaissance of its ancient ritualistic purpose is a compelling introduction
for students to both mediums.”

~ Art Department Chair

Inspired by African-influenced wood sculptures created by craftsman Jim Lewis, Ellen Sinopoli's acclaimed masterwork unites the finest in performing and visual arts in a captivating modern dance work that tells the timeless stories of all communities of people – birth, childhood, death, conflict, marriage, leadership, traditions, etc. In telling these archetypal tales of society, the choreographer, sculptor and dancers explore how we develop and form ourselves within the context of a larger society. In this one-hour program, excerpts from the work are highlighted by an exploration of the creative process with the artists, demonstrating the unique synergy of this unusual collaboration between choreographer and wood craftsman. Curricular connections in social studies, art, music and language arts can be explored in the classroom prior to and following the performance by utilizing the study guide provided. Movement workshops specific to this performance are available as well as wood carving demonstrations by the sculptor.

Jim Lewis’ most recent sculpture series explores the interplay of two intersecting geometries. From the logs of cut trees, he carves a shape, leaving part of the original surface intact. The process implies a concept and its place in the greater whole “progress” and what it takes from the world. Jim is a founding partner of the Capital Region’s premier furniture design/build firm, Icarus Furniture, located in Troy, NY. He and his crew design and build for homes and public spaces, currently specializing in furnishings for sacred places. The set design for this dance was chosen to exhibit in the Albany Institute of History and Art’s Mohawk Hudson Regional in 2002. Jim has been involved in dance for most of his life, both for self-expression and as an exhibit designer for the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY.

For more information, contact
Maggie Ciambrone, Erin Dooley, and Sara Senecal
Education Coordinators
(518) 408-1341

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