Cornfield Dance: The Wasp in the Window & Other Dances at Windhover
New York-based Cornfield Dance will premiere “The Wasp in the Window,” Artistic Director Ellen Cornfield’s latest work, inspired by her residency at Windhover in summer 2021. The dance is a meditation on the dark and the light sides of life that coexist with surprising regularity. The second half of the program features “Squaring into Space,” a dance that incorporates material from two Cornfield Dance repertory pieces: “Small Stages,” a humorous and lively work confined to six-foot square areas of the stage, and the pandemic-inspired “Spaced Out,” performed on and around six folding red chairs. The music is composed and performed live by Andreas Brade. The performance is followed by a Q&A with the artists.
About Ellen Cornfield
Ellen Cornfield is a former member of the legendary Merce Cunningham Company and one of the foremost Cunningham dancers of her generation, performing in the original casts of Cunningham’s work from 1974-1982 and teaching at the Cunningham Studio until 2003. She established Cornfield Dance in 1989, bringing her elegant, robust and at times quirky choreography to audiences throughout the world.
She has taught and performed with her company in the U.S., Japan, England, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, and Russia. Her commitment to performance in non-traditional venues stems from her desire to bring the freedom and exhilaration of movement she experienced growing up outdoors to dancers and audiences alike. She has created site-responsive work at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a plaza in Bytom, Poland, on a subway car in Tokyo, and in New York at Cooper Union, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Buskers Fare in downtown Manhattan, Tompkins Square Park, Battery Park, Bryant Park, the 6th Street Garden, and Elizabeth Street Garden.
Choreography: Ellen Cornfield
Music: Andreas Brade
Dancers: Alex Berger, Eve Jacobs, Vanessa Knouse, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Ned Sturgis, Joshua Tuason
The Wasp in the Window & Other Dances is supported in part by a NEFA (New England Foundation for the Arts) NEST touring grant.