Lydia Johnson Dance
Guest Artist Craig Hall
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Guest Artist Craig Hall of NYCB joins 14 LJD dancers in an evening of 4 contemporary ballets set to Handel, Gorecki, Glass and Schubert
“Johnson is a craftsman and a poet; her works, which stress the ensemble and attend closely to the music, have an ebb and flow in addition to a strong emotional current. The basis of her technique is ballet, and her dancers are strong. " The New Yorker, June 2017

An exciting program of 4 contemporary dance works in Ms. Johnson's unique vocabulary which stems from a ballet base. The evening includes a premiere for 3 couples and 10 women set to Glass piano works. Craig Hall, former New York City Ballet soloist and current NYCB Ballet Master, will dance in the 2013 Night and Dreams set to Schubert Lieder. Tender and evocative duets and solos are embedded into a stream of ensemble passages in this haunting and poignant work. Mr. Hall will dance several pas-de-deux with LJD Principal dancer Laura DiOrio. The program includes 2 additional pieces set to music by Henryk Gorecki and the trio sonatas of Handel.

Brian Seibert of The New York Times wrote: "What seems to count most for Ms. Johnson is music. The four pieces on the program all showed uncommon skill at matching ballet movement to music, both at the large scale of structure and in small, felicitous details."

Philip Gardner wrote in Oberon's Grove: "Among current choreographers, Lydia Johnson's work bristles and blooms with a poignant sense of humanity. There's nary a trace of theatricality in her dances; rather, she uses the music as a canvas on which emotions - both the deep and the subtle - are painted. expressions of tenderness (so lacking in our lives today), hope, remorse, uncertainty, and the frailty of the human heart well up on the music, sometimes unexpectedly."

Mary Cargil commented in Dance View Times: "Like all her dances, one view is not really enough to absorb the subtle musical nuances and underlying dramatic grace notes."

Barnett Serchuk commented in Broadway Dance World: “I’ll get right to the point: I was so impressed with the evening that I stopped taking notes, allowing me to focus exclusively on the dance. Its subtlety, its musicality, its ability to tell a story through dance without conjuring one up (that's left up to you), puts her choreography near the top of what I have seen recently. In fact, now I'd like to see her entire oeuvre.  It was so rare to be taken with images, music; by the end, I walked out into the warm air and just thought about what I had seen. And I kept walking for a long time.”
Lydia Johnson Dance has been consistently praised for its distinctive choreography, which uses components of ballet woven seamlessly into a contemporary dance vocabulary. Capturing a sense of the depth and spirit of the human struggle, Johnson’s evocative work is noted for an underlying sense of drama, which resonates through the predominantly abstract qualities of her choreography. The New York Times, The New Yorker, Backstage Magazine, Dance View Times and Oberon’s Grove have critically acclaimed Ms. Johnson's emotionally evocative works. LJD has performed in the 92nd St Y’s Moving Forward: Women Ballet Choreographers East and West series as well as at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out, the Great Friends and the Downtown Dance Festivals. Ms. Johnson is a frequent Guest Artist Faculty member at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York. Press Quotes :
Categories: Classical,Modern
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Running time: 1:30    
Intermission(s): Yes
Price: $20.00 - $95.00
Seating: General Admission    
Capacity: 200