Featuring: Kayla Farrish, Rebecca Margolick, Troy Ogilvie,
Mei Yamanaka, Mika Yanagihara
Original Composition and Live Performance: Lisa Maree Dowling
Artistic Associate/Rehearsal Director: Hope T. Davis
Designers: Liene Dobraja (costumes), Solomon Weisbard (lighting)
Dramaturgy: Erik Abbott-Main
Driven by the current political climate, “Tremendous,” connects individual stories of the female experience to the spectrum of social injustices and an extraordinary need for unity. Noworol and her five dancers, along with a live composer/musician, expose shared vulnerabilities and defense mechanisms to celebrate the durability & persistence of female strength. Can we unify selectively? Can we be distilled to only one of our defining characteristics? How do we choose which parts of us to defend when oppressed from several angles? The work entwines contemporary dance, tanztheater and spoken word in an emotionally salient and politically driven visual space. “Tremendous” is a joyful and playful celebration of us all… and we rise.
Choreographer, dancer and director Patricia Noworol grew up in the communist Poland. Having moved to Germany as a teenager, she experienced European cultural conflicts that to this day are a foundation of her artistic motivation. She studied a variety of innovative approaches including Tanztheater, Rudolf Laban, Kurt Jooss, and well as with her compatriot, Jerzy Grotowski. As a dancer, Patricia had the privilege of training with Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham, as well as working with with core members of Tanztheater Wuppertal (Malou Airaudo, Dominique Mercy, Lutz Forster), Gus Solomons Jr, and more.
After moving to New York, Patricia attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts on scholarship for her second MFA in Dance and Choreography. She founded her company Patricia Noworol Dance Theater (PNDT) in 2008 as a vehicle for producing original works in which dance, theater, and multimedia serve to express life, passion, and physicality.
For more information, visit www.pndance.com
TREMENDOUS was produced by Patricia Noworol with the generous support of individual donors.
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.
Empowerment Waltz: Patricia Noworol’s TREMENDOUS
by Ivan Talijancic