The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, resident company of The Egg in Albany, has announced the performance schedule for its 22nd season. The performances will range from premieres of new work to spontaneous performances at galleries, playgrounds and a historic site.
Starting off the performance season, ESDC will make its seventh appearance at Freedom Park in Scotia on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Admission is free for this family-friendly outdoor show.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., ESDC will perform on the grounds of Olana in Hudson with a new show inspired by children’s book authors and illustrators Maurice Sendak, Thomas Locker and Hudson Talbott. A rain date has been set for Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
The following weekend, on Friday, Sept. 21, ESDC will be at The Sage Colleges’ Opalka Gallery in Albany for three 15-minute site specific performances that feature the works of sculptor John Van Alstine. These shows begin at 7:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, ESDC travels to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge for a performance featuring live music by Don Knaack, aka “The Junkman.” Following an afternoon of public percussion workshops for children, teens and adults and an outdoor JunkJam, the company will premiere a new dance to the music of “The Junkman” at 7 p.m.
Russell Sage College‘s James L. Meader Little Theatre in Troy will be the site of a lecture/demonstration and two performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16. On both nights, the company will perform as guest artists in a faculty/student concert. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the company will present “Dance on Stage: What’s It All About,” an informal program to meet the company, hear from Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli about her inspiration and get a sneak peek at the creative process.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., the company will perform at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli before beginning a week-long creative residency there from Dec. 10 through 14. This is the fourth time that the company has been in residence at this acclaimed site of dance performance and creation.
As it has for the last 21 years, ESDC will perform at its home, The Egg in Albany, on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. in a program of premieres and favorite selections from its repertory.
On Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m., Proctors in Schenectady will host its third annual Next Move Festival of Modern Dance curated by Ellen Sinopoli. ESDC will join three other companies for two nights of innovative modern dance.
For its annual Festival of Dance, the Ulster Ballet has invited ESDC for the eighth year to perform at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston on Saturday, March 23.
On Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m., ESDC will perform at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy for an evening of modern dance, live music and contemporary art. Violinist Cornelius Dufallo, percussionist Brian Melick, cellist Monica Wilson-Roach and guitarist Maria Zemantauski will perform with ESDC against a backdrop of Willie Marlowe’s chromatic paintings.
In the summer of 2013, ESDC will visit public parks in the Capital District and surrounding counties to perform “Undercover Playground.”
For more information on the season or individual performances, call 408-1341 or visit the website www.sinopolidances.org.