Lucie Baker Dance
I survived the first crazy months of 2012 and felt fulfilled by all the lovely work I was able to do. Recently, I performed a duet in progress at Triskelion's Rip Rap Series choreographed by Ching-i Chang. I continue to work on RUIN and with Erica Essner and Jane Comfort.
Here are a few shows coming up:
Erica Essner presents excerpts of Weathered at Underexposed: Dixon Place
Curated by Doug Post
April 10th, 7:30pm Tickets $12
161A Chrystie Street, NYC
For more info and tickets click here: http://www.dixonplace.org/html/dance_underexposed.html
Jane Comfort's Beauty and Underground River at La Mama
May 17 - 20
Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th St, 2nd Fl, NYC
For more info click here: http://lamama.org/dance-festival/jane-comfort-beauty/
So! This year is starting off with a bang. I am performing in 5 different shows between now and February 7th. I hope you can make it to one of them. My biggest project at the moment is the show I am producing with Carlye Eckert entitled RUIN. It is set to premiere in October of the new year. You can check out the RUIN page or go to projectruin.com for more information. Let's hear it for 2012! Cheers everyone.
1. Studio Showing of my current choreographic endeavor, RUIN, at Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122 Seattle, Wa December 30th 6:30pm. Free! www.projectruin.com and velocitydancecenter.org for more information.
2. APAP Showings with Jane Comfort and Company January 7th and 9th at 11:15am at City Center Studio 4, New York. Free 15 minute showings! 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th) New York, NY www.janecomfortandcompany.org
3. FLIC Fest at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn with Erica Essner January 19th 7:30pm. 85 S Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $25 www.eecop.org
4. The Field's Emerging Artist Residency Showcase including excerpts of RUIN January 23rd at 7:30pm at The Kitchen 512 W19th St. in NYC. Tickets $15. http://www.thefield.org/p-797-emerging-artist-residency-showcase-winter-2012.aspx
5. UnderExposed at Dixon Place with Annika Sheaff February 7th at 7:30pm. Tickets $10. www.dixonplace.org
Work in Progress Showing with Erica Essner
Saturday November 19th
Brookyln Zen Center
505 Carroll Street, Suite 2A Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission free. Donations accepted.
Starts at 8pm
Come check us out and provide us with important feedback.
After my summer jaunts in Seattle I returned to New York for a busy Fall. I joined the faculty of the Chen Dance Center teaching Pre-Ballet Ballet 1 and Modern 1 on Saturdays, began a Pilates Mat Certification at the Kane School, started working at Exerblast in Tribeca and spent a week volunteer teaching for ASTEP at Incarnacion Children's Center in Washington Heights. In September, I traveled to Vassar College with Jane Comfort performing Beauty to a packed house, showed new work in progress with Erica Essner at the Brooklyn Zen Center and had the first rehearsals of my residency at the Field for my new project RUIN, a split bill evening with Carlye Eckert (you will be hearing a lot about that in the future). In October, Jane Comfort and Company brought Beauty to the American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland, I performed an excerpt of the show at Joe's Pub with Gardiner Comfort (reprisal scheduled for December 5th) and we are looking forward to APAP performances in January. I had an excellent Halloween and am anticipating the coming winter with trepidation. Nobody likes winter in New York.
If you happen to find yourself in Seattle July 21, 22 or 23 2011 at 8pm then you should check me out on stage with ARC Dance.
ARC DANCE COMPANY IN SUMMER DANCE AT THE CENTER
July 21, 2011 - 8:00pm
July 22, 2011 - 8:00pm
July 23, 2011 - 8:00pm
ARC's highly-anticipated annual Summer Dance at the Center for 2011 promises a variety of breakthrough performances featuring five distinct danceworks. Alex Ketley (The Foundry & San Francisco Ballet) and Penny Hutchinson (Mark Morris Dance Group) both return to ARC with world premiers. Also on the bill are Artistic Director Marie Chong's No Regrets, Betsy Cooper's (UW Dance Program Director) The Space Between, Kirk Midtskog's Between Earth & Sky, and Song of the Siren by Jason Ohlberg (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago).
Please join us in the intimate setting of Seattle Center's Leo K Theatre, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177769
$25 - $30 Adult
$18 - $20 Student(18 & younger) Seniors(65+)
All reserved seating.
Bagley Wright/Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre
155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
May and June have flown by and were full of nice weather in New York surprisingly enough. Except for one ridiculous week of heavy rain which only subsided long enough for me to have a lovely birthday picnic on May 20th.
Skies were clear at the Highline Park in Chelsea, NYC on May 25th and 26th as I performed with the fantastic Erica Essner Performance Co-Op in an outdoor site specific show. It was a whole lot of fun and I even got a little tan.
The first week of June I participated in the Tiffany Mills Summer Workshop and performed with the participants on June 4th at White Wave John Ryan Theater in DUMBO Brooklyn. A pizza party reception by the East river was an added bonus post show. It was a fun week.
June 27th - July 3rd I had the great honor to perform for the first (hopefully not last) time at Jacob's Pillow with the indomitable Jane Comfort and Company. We premiered a new work entitled Beauty and remounted her Bessie award winning piece Underground River. It was magical to be performing with such inspiring people in such and inspiring place. You can read some of the reviews and photos of the show at these links:
So far it's been a grand summer and one thing I know for sure is that I love spending it dancing and I love spending it ourside.
Two New Shows coming up in New York! First up:
Emily Pope-Blackman makes a duet for us and presents it at the New Steps Series at Chen Dance Center
April 21st - 23rd 7:30pm
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
$12 General, $10 Students & Seniors
Please call (212)349-0126 for more information or to RSVP.
For more info check out:
But wait there's more!!!
Erica Essner Performance Co-Op presents The Soul Project at West Fest
April 28th 9 pm
April 30th 8 pm
at the Cunningham Studios: 55 Bethune Street (at Washington Street)
For more info check out:
I hope to see you there!
So! Since APAP a lot of things have happened. I traveled with Jane Comfort to Ballet Memphis to help set a new work on the company for a week in January. It was great fun! You can see some of our rehearsals here:
February was full of auditions and rehearsals and serving coffee and writing grants and trying to stay warm with good friends.
In March I traveled to Texas State University to perform with a group of Juilliard musicians lead by Wayne O'Quin. Yara Travieso choreographed a solo for me that involved video projection, a long piece of Lycra that was wrapped around me and attached to a boom and a talented violinist on stage fearing for his life and limbs. Everyone in Texas was extremely kind and engaging. It was a great trip.
Later that month I performed with Erica Essner Performance Co-Op in Tarrytown, New York. It was part of a festival that was being held in an old Vaudeville theater that was celebrating it 125th birthday. I knew many dancers involved and we had a lovely day in Tarrytown. The performance was well attended and I enjoyed performing with Erica's group for the first time. Joy!
I most recently got back from George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia where I was performing with Tamar Rogoff in Diagnosis of a Faun. It is a piece that is near and dear to my heart and I was grateful to have a chance to perform it again. The cast and crew are so loving and easy to work with. It was also nice to see daffodils and tulips and cherry trees blooming. Spring has sprung! (Finally. It is mid-April...)
So the last half of a bitter winter has past with a flurry of activity that I hope carries on into the future. Stay tuned for more news soon!
Come see me dance for free as part of the
American Performing Arts Presenters 2011 Conference
with two fantastic shows
Jane Comfort and Company
January 8th, 10:30 - 10:45
January 10th, 11:45 - 12:00
New York City Center, Studio 4
130 West 56th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues
Performing excerpts of Beauty
Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects
January 8th, 4pm
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street , between 9th and 10th Avenues
Jerome Robbins Theater (3rd fl)
Performing excerpts of Diagnosis of a Faun
No need for reservations or tickets just come on in and find a seat and the scheduled start time. All showings are free to all. I hope to see you there!
The fall of 2010 saw numerous performances. In September I participated in the Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts as a dancer for Ximena Garnica and Yara Travieso. It was a wonderful place to create and enjoy life. Following that The Colors Project started it off in New York with shows Saturday and Sunday October 23rd and 24th. The following Tuesday I performed a revival of a duet called she runs a tight ship at the Rover in Soho. The premiere was at Juilliard in 2006 and the video is on the video page. I was lucky to have Daniel Morgan Shelley reprise his role in the piece. Later that week I toured with Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects to Middlebury College in Vermont and Georgian Court University in New Jersey to perform in Diagnosis of a Faun. I had never been to Vermont before and it was lovely in the fall. Later in November I performed a work in progress with Dion Mucciacito at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, New York. It was a great opportunity to get feed back on some choreographic ideas I am currently playing with. The week before Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to participate in the mob scene in Pavel Zustiak's Painted Bird/ Bastard at La MaMa ETC. It was fun to get to perform with close to 50 people on stage at once! Since Thanksgiving I have been rehearsing with Jane Comfort and Company and Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects and living the city life. Stay tuned for upcoming shows! Cheers and Happy Holidays! - Lucie Baker