Based in New York Tom Gold The dance will feature the first full in-person performance of Tom Gold Founder and Dance Director Tom Gold‘s Portraits and more in The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Wednesday, October 26.
Prior to its engagement at JCC Manhattan, the company will return to the Berkshires for a work-in-progress showcase at the Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School in Lenox, MA on Saturday, October 22.
New York City Ballet dancers Lauren Collett, Claire Von Enck, Malorie Lundgren, Jules Mabie and Andres Zuniga, as well as Brian Gephart and Rachel Thalman are scheduled to perform at JCC Manhattan. The two works on the program will also be accompanied by live musical accompaniment. The Company will announce the names of the musicians at a later date.
Lauren Collett, Brian GephartJules Mabie, Rachel Thalman and Andres Zuniga should be in the Duffin Theater window.
Portraits, for five dancers, is set to three chamber works by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů: Piano Trio No. 1 (Five Short Pieces), Impromptu for Violin and Piano and Five Short Pieces for Violin and Piano. The company premiered Portraits, which is inspired by the 2020 retrospective David Hockney: Drawing from Life at the Morgan Library & Museum, during a free live stream from the nave of the Church of Heaven’s Rest in Manhattan in February 2021 Malorie Lundgren, Jules Mabie and Andres Zuniga were part of the original Portraits set.
The company will also premiere a new duo of Gold at selections from Erik SatieLes Gnossiennes for piano solo. The artwork incorporates themes from the Bless: Design for Good exhibition currently on view at JCC Manhattan’s Laurie M. Tisch Gallery.
At the Duffin, Tom Gold Dance will feature excerpts from Portraits and the new work, interspersed with discussions between Gold and the artists. The company presented a similar work-in-progress showcase at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theater in Lenox in March of this year as part of a week-long residency. More recently, Tom Gold The dance toured the Berkshires in June for performances at TurnPark Art Space in West Stockbridge as well as Shakespeare & Company.
“For our fall lineup, we wanted to expand and enhance two of our historical strengths: collaboration and audience engagement,” says Tom Gold. “We are grateful to JCC Manhattan for sharing our goal of presenting unique content in a multidisciplinary context. And we look forward to returning to the Berkshires to give audiences there a chance to experience how we develop our choreography and stage our performance.
“We’re also,” Gold added, “just thrilled to present Portraits in its entirety to an in-person audience.”
Between April 2020 and November 2021, Tom Gold The Dance has canceled four self-produced seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the company appeared at the 39th Annual Drum Dance Festival in August 2020 with Gold’s Plan & Elevation, as well as live streams from the nave of the Church of Heaven’s Rest with the world premiere of Gold’s Portraits in February 2021 and a revival of his All the Lonely People (2015) in October 2020, and completed a residency in the Berkshires in January 2021, following the company’s first in-person performance of Plan & Elevation on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company the previous September. The work in progress showcase at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater last March marked the company’s first theatrical appearance in more than two years. In the spring of 2021, Tom Gold Dance has partnered with Penguin Random House publisher Riverhead Books to create dance-based promotional videos for the publication of several novels, including Katie Kitamura’s Intimacy, on which Gold’s work of the same title is based. . In April 2022, the company reinstated its annual spring season with performances at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse. Following engagements in both locations in 2021, Tom Gold The dance returned to TurnPark Art Space and Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, NY last summer; and debuted on Little Island in Hudson River Park. Tom Gold The dance will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2023.
Saturday October 22 at 6 p.m. The Duffin Theater at Lenox Middle and Memorial High School is located at 197 East Street, Lenox, MA, 01240. Tickets, $20, are available at tomgolddance.org/fall-2022-showcase. Purchase online only.
Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is located at 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street, New York, NY 10023. Tickets, $20, are available at mmjccm.org/programs/person-tom-gold-dance-company
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The mission of Tom Gold The dance is to bring the past, present and future of classical dance to audiences in New York and around the world. Founded in 2008 by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, Tom Gold The dance aspires to the highest artistic level expressed through a traditional classical dance vocabulary, including in nearly two dozen of Gold’s original works, imagined and staged directly on Company, among the most accomplished in the world. At New York, Tom Gold The dance self-produces the spring seasons each year and, since 2018, the fall seasons; the company has also visited more than half a dozen countries, including Bulgaria, Cuba, Italy and Spain. Other artistic highlights include multiple appearances in the Berkshires, as well as programs at the Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Untermyer Park and Gardens. The Company participated in the 39th Annual Drum Dance Festival in 2020. In 2021, Tom Gold Dance formed a collaboration with Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, to create a series of dance-based promotional videos. Learn more about tomgolddance.org.
Internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Tom Gold is the founder and artistic director of Tom Gold Dance. A participant in the National Choreographers Initiative in 2016, Gold has created original works for his eponymous company, as well as for Vassar Collegethe Bermuda Arts Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, St. Louis Ballet and many other dance academies, companies, festivals, television and special events including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Well done Odd Mom out with Jill Kargman, and the New York City Fringe Festival for which he won the 2016 Overall Achievement Award for his work in The Joey Variations: A Play With Dance. A 21-year member (1987-2008) of the New York City Ballet where he attained the rank of soloist, Gold is the choreographer and performer of DOT DOT DOT of the 2wice Arts Foundation, an interactive iPad application by Abbott Miller of Pentagram.