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See choreographer Pam Tanowitz create a dance at PLATFORM 2015

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Gia Kourlas

What Pam Tanowitz loves most about being a choreographer is making a dance—the process, the back and forth with her dancers and the invention of steps. As part of PLATFORM 2105: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, curated by Claudia La Rocco, Tanowitz unveils a day in a dance (a dance adrift in the cosmos), in which the public can watch as she choreographs and presents a new work March 23 from 1 to 8pm. For it, she's using dancers from New York City Ballet (Devin Alberda, Jenelle Manzi, Russell Janzen and Gretchen Smith) alongside her own (Dylan Crossman and Melissa Toogood). Set to music by Dan Siegler, the work incorporates movement from a solo by Viola Farber, the former Merce Cunningham dancer and Tanowitz's influential teacher. 

"When Claudia asked me to do this, I knew I didn’t want to put up a finished work," she says. "I knew I didn’t want to be interviewed or give a lecture or talk. I thought, Why don’t I make a dance in a day and be transparent about my process? This whole platform is about the meeting of ballet and Cunningham and Judson; for me, it’s not so separate. I’ve been working with an interest in where ballet and modern touch upon each other for 15 years. It’s not about what happens when they meet—it’s more about a synthesis." 

Here, she shares her notes about starting the dance: 

Showings are planned for 6, 7 and 7:30pm. Tickets are $20, and you may come and go as you please. 

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