Zenon Dance Companys 33rd Spring Season
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Zenon Dance Company’s
33rd Spring Season
May 6-15, 2016
The Cowles Center, Minneapolis
“Zenon is a repertory company with a chameleonic gift for adapting itself
to whatever the dance demands.” Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—Zenon Dance Company celebrates its 33rd Spring Season after spending a three-week choreographic residency in Cassis, France, and two weeks in Havana, Cuba for three sold out performances at the historic Teatro Marti. The company’s groundbreaking approach to eclectic and virtuosic contemporary dance, and its support of emerging choreographers, continues this season with a world premiere by New York-based Sam Kim, a former Minnesota resident.
The season includes reprises of Joanna Kotze’s “Rouge,” described as “stylistically eclectic and consistently engaging, combining equal doses of precision and playfulness”; Wynn Fricke’s “The Mourning Tree,” hailed as “an intuitive movement language of shifting weights and kinesthetic response [that] creates a spellbinding harmony”; and Danny Buraczeski’s exuberant 1988 jazz work “Merry Go Round” to music by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band.
Zenon Dance Company’s 33rd Spring Season
What: Zenon Dance Company’s 33rd Spring Season
When: Fridays and Saturdays, May 6-7, 13-14—8 p.m.
Sunday, May 15—2 p.m.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Tickets: $34 (fees included)
Shortly after Kim’s birth in Seoul, Korea, her parents immigrated to the States, eventually settling in Minnesota. When she was 17, via a chance encounter with movement and strong guidance from a ballet teacher, she began to pursue dance. In 1991 she moved to NYC to attend Barnard College, Columbia University where she earned a B.A. in English summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1995. Kim began making dances at 19. She has been committed to the dance form ever since and now lives and works in Brooklyn as a choreographer and performer.
Since 2002, she has created several long works presented as seasons in NYC, including work commissioned by and performed at Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). Kim has also created several shorter works since 1997. She’s performed at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis. Kim has been awarded residencies at New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013-14), Movement Research (2013-14), Baryshnikov Arts Center (Fall, 2013) Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013) Baryshnikov Arts Center (Spring, 2013) and The MacDowell Colony (2012). From 1995-2005, Kim performed with numerous companies and choreographers, including downtown experimentalists Jennifer Monson, Susan Rethorst and DD Dorvillier. Kim was also a member of Sarah Skaggs Dance (1999-2001) and Li Chiao-Ping Dance (1999-2000), and was invited to apprentice with Elizabeth Streb and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
A classic jazz stylist for over two decades, Danny Buraczeski's work has traced a clear and deep investigation of jazz—its sources and ongoing evolution—with keen attention paid to the rich lineage of individual performers and movement makers. Rhythm drives Buraczeski's choreographic explorations. Respect and enthusiasm for his musical collaborators is evident in the thorough research, extensive knowledge and advocacy for jazz makers and the vernacular sights, sounds and environments that are his wellspring.
After a career on Broadway appearing in such musicals as “Mame” with Angela Lansbury and “The Act” with Liza Minnelli, Danny formed the original New York City-based JAZZDANCE in 1979. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul from 1992 to 2005, the company performed at leading concert halls and festivals in more than 35 states and in Europe and the Caribbean.