Reflection : Response – Kathy Westwater’s Anywhere

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photo credit Eric Escalante

Temple University Department of Dance presents the world premiere of choreographer Kathy Westwater’s Anywhere, Sept 16 &17, 2016, at 7:30PM. Conwell Theater , 5th floor, Conwell Hall, Temple University, corner of Broad and Montgomery Streets.  Tickets: $2—general admission; $15—students & seniors; $10—Temple employees and patrons with PhiladelphiaDance.org Member Card; $5—with Temple Olwcard.  Advanced ticket sales available at liacourascenter.com or call 215-204-7609.

Several years in the making, Anywhere extends in stunning and beautiful ways Westwater’s incisive exploration of radical form and structure in the dancing body. In Anywhere, Westwater asks how a dance might engage with, and itself be, a monument. Westwater seeks to choreographically manifest a contemporary heroism found in the everyday—anywhere. Without being about a specific historical time or event, there will be a remembering of something that was lost and something that wasn’t.

Anywhere will  be performed Henryk Górecki’s “Symphony No. 3”, and features a unique relationship between movement and sound through a sound integration design by Architect Seung-Jae Lee. Joining Westwater’s New York-based company of five dancers  will be students of the Deapartment of Dance.

Anywhere has been commissioned through the department’s Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission 2016.

Kathy Westwater has choreographically pursued experimental dance forms since 1996. Described by Dance Magazine as “bloodless and fascinating” and The Brooklyn Rail as “at the limits of the human,” her work responds to the societal landscape in which it manifests by reimagining the body’s movement potential.  Her work has been presented extensively in NYC in spaces such as New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, and more.  Westwater has received awards from Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts,  and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi, Movement Research, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.  She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 2001.