Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—The powerful contemporary dance theatre work “Passing” – a creation of acclaimed Vermont dance artist Tracy Penfield and her California-based collaborator, dancer/choreographer Tamara Hurwitz Pullman – will have its world premiere performance at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. The dance artists will be accompanied by live music composed specifically for the new work.
The first full-length performing arts work ever commissioned by Chandler, “Passing” investigates themes of what is passed on to us, what we pass on, and how we pass over, in an uplifting layering of dancers, original live music, and stage-sized linen sculpture that suggests the veils between worlds. The piece, which will be accompanied by a free afternoon storytelling/movement workshop and a post-performance question-and-answer session, is meant to spark curiosity and conversations about living, dying, and moving on.
The live soundscape accompanying the dancers was created especially for “Passing.” It is performed by a quartet featuring Liana Nuse (cello, vocals), Carl Pepperman (guitar, keyboard, accordion), Phil Thorne (clarinet), and Maesa Pullman (vocals, accordion, banjo).
“This is a rare opportunity for Chandler’s audience to experience compelling, emotionally charged contemporary movement and theatre up close and personal, in such a hospitable, intimate setting as Chandler Music Hall,” noted Chandler Executive Director Tom Ayres.
The creators of “Passing” invite the general public to a free afternoon storytelling and movement workshop in the Upper Gallery at Chandler on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The workshop is intended for people ages 10 and up. No dance or storytelling experience is required. RSVP to 802-728-9878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening’s world premiere performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the co-creators and artists.
For tickets and more information, call 802-728-6464 or visit chandler-arts.org.
Photo courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts
“Passing” is described as “compelling, emotionally charged contemporary movement and theatre.”