The Wendy Osserman Dance Company will celebrate its 40th Anniversary season with four performances, running April 20 – 23, 2016 at 8 pm. Presented by the Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue), the season will feature two world premieres and Osserman’s Udjat (1985).
Company dancers include Lauren Ferguson, Cori Kresge, Wendy Osserman, Joshua Tuason and Emily Vetsch. Skip La Plante is the company’s music director.
Wendy Osserman has been performing and choreographing since the early 1960s. She formed Wendy Osserman Dance Company in 1976 after appearing as a soloist with Kei Takei, Frances Alenikoff and Valerie Bettis. For four decades, the company has toured and performed in New York City in varied venues including the Delacorte Theater with the New York Dance Festival in 1979, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Joyce Soho and Theater for the New City. Her many works include thirteen evening-length pieces, over fifteen commissioned works and two dance festivals produced on the island of Paros, Greece. Osserman was featured in Dancing Divas at La MaMa and in Women in Dance at 92Y: History in the Making Anniversary Special.
The 2016 Season:
Timed is a world premiere solo piece choreographed and performed by Wendy Osserman.
“In my solo work for the past twenty years, movement has generated words which in turn generate movement. Dance audiences are usually behind a fourth wall; when I speak we suddenly have an intimate connection.” – Osserman
Quick Time, a world premiere choreographed by Wendy Osserman in collaboration with the company, has live music performed by Skip La Plante and jazz musician Henry Mann; and additional music by Czech singer, musician, and composer Iva Bittova. Influenced by the task-oriented work Osserman experienced in the 70’s, she has devised scores with contradictory directions, challenging her dancers to move beyond the familiar.
Udjat, choreographed by Osserman in 1985, takes its name from the Egyptian hieroglyph of the sacred eye, a symbol of completeness, of things made more precious having been restored.