New dance: Aubade, a new dance/theater piece by postmodern choreographer and dancer Douglas Dunn ’64, performed by his dance company and dance students from Montclair State College of the Arts.
Dates and location: Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 25 (8 p.m.), Jan. 26 (3 p.m.), Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.), Feb. 1 (7 p.m.) at Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
The choreographer: Dunn discovered dance at Princeton, later joined choreographer Merce Cunningham’s company, and in 1978 founded his own company. In a New York Times story about Aubade, Gia Kourlas wrote, “Dunn, who thrives on contradictions, is a bewitching mix of pragmatic sensibility and dreaminess; the same can be said of his dances, in which he balances formal choreographic concerns with fearless whimsy.” He is a “prolific choreographer whose incisive dances marry rigor with an absurdist edge.”
Aubade: Dunn’s most autobiographical work to date, wrote Kourlas, Aubade includes video and poetry. A Montclair State University announcement called the work “At its heart … a morning song of daybreak, of love won and lost, and of endless possibilities both bitter and sweet.”
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