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Significant Others: Dances for Friends, Family & Lovers (NYC)

  • Gibney 280 Broadway New York, NY, 10007 United States (map)

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM) brings intimate dance performance to the stage in “Significant Others: Dances for Family, Friends and Lovers” as part of the Gibney POP Performance Series. The programs, taking place at The Theater at Gibney 280, share dance and performance works that look back on dances made from lives lived, and forward toward the dances and lives ahead of us. Artistic Director/PDM Peter DiMuro, last year’s inaugural choreographer in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), has woven visual and spoken narratives from works created over the last several decades. Personal histories that once were encapsulated in time now speak aloud in 2019, echoing thoughts and imagery: from 1969’s Stonewall riots, through love and loss during the height of the AIDS crisis and to the arc of relationships informed by “then” and “now” - our current era’s lens of queerness.

Excerpts from Peter’s autobiographical “Light Reading”, which uses the kitchen setting where letters to and from family are written as backdrop, will be shared. Each work reveals as much through the written word as what’s written invisibly between the lines –including the poignant and unexpected humor found in our daily lives. Pamela Pietro joins the company on Thursday, June 13, performing in "Donna", dance/letter from the series.

PDM’s company artists are collaborators in the creation and re-creation of new and older works. Premiering in these performances are a series of solos for the company, “Ancient Histories”, a look at both physical and psychological patterns informed by known and unknown ancestors. Company performing at GIbney include Ann Brown Allen, Lindsay Caddle LaPointe, Kara Fili, Ann Fonte, Tony Guglietti, Irene Lutts, Hai Dang Nguyen, Kristin Wagner, J Michael Winward.

Guest Artists and collaborators appear each evening over the three performances. Each program is approximately 75 minutes and performed without intermission.

Alexander Davis, known as one half of the Davis Sisters (with Joy Davis), and J Michael Winward, a memoirist in words and movement, join as collaborators with Peter in two distinct works during the run. “Night and Gay” (Davis/DiMuro) and “Gaylight Saving(s)” (Winward/DiMuro) are new works-in-development that look at an arc of time from Stonewall to this present moment, and the performers’ individual relationship to iconic landmarks in gaylife past and queer life present day.

For up to the minute repertory/program, please refer to publicdisplaysofmotion.com or contact
Kristin Wagner at kristincooperwagner@gmail.com.
This program is suitable for all ages; children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Presented in Association with community partners Gibney Dance, The Dance Complex/Cambridge, MA & Dancing Queerly/Boston