One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures / NEW BODIES

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Duration: Approximately 1 hour


Produced by Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Ballet dancers gone postmodern

“The high voltage of [Sara Mearns’s] every performance is extraordinary” – The New York Times

It’s rare to see the artistic and athletic finesse of the world’s leading ballet dancers on stages outside of opulent theaters and opera houses. Yet when three of New York City Ballet’s finest talents—Jared Angle, Sara Mearns, and Taylor Stanley—arrive at Spoleto Festival USA, audiences get the unprecedented opportunity to witness them up close and without pointe shoes or tutus in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theatre. A collaboration between ballerina Mearns—a Columbia, South Carolina, native—and postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick, this unique and experimental quartet is set to music by composers György Ligeti, Heinrich Biber, and Robert Boston. Melnick, who enjoyed a performance career with Twyla Tharp (among others), also presents a solo work created in conjunction with the late Trisha Brown.

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Photos Courtesy of Works & Process


The 2018 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Additional support is provided by the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.