The Baryshnikov Art Center will return to performing live this spring after two years of online programming.
The season features eight musical performances, with three virtual performances. The online performances are part of the center’s operational program, which began in the fall of 2020 as a way to stay organized and encourage artists to continue creating during the pandemic.
Cora Cahan, the center’s president and chief executive officer, said the delay in returning to live performances was due to the pandemic’s postponement of the replacement of heating and ventilation systems. and the cooling of the building was planned long ago.
“We’re going very slowly and carefully here because we’re back to having an audience on site for the first time in a long time,” Cahan said. “We are excited to be planning live performances at the lockdown with our run program so vibrant and dynamic since we started it almost two years ago.”
The season will open with two virtual presentations: “Open Practice” by high string artist Philippe Petit, on his creative process (February 7-21); and a film and sound choreographed by Peggy Baker in Toronto, “her body speaks for itself,” inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex” (February 28-March 14).
The first live performances will be musical evenings by Chromic Duo, smooth genre musicians using pre-prepared pianos, toy pianos and synthesizers (March 14-15); violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman, who will present the New York premiere of the project “This is America” (March 16-17); and Andy Akiho, whose “Seven Pillars,” an evening long piece for percussion, will premiere in New York (April 7-8).
The dance program includes performances by Ashwini Ramaswamy (April 13-15), the film “Let the Crows Come” deconstructing Bharatanatyam form and the world premiere of Donna Uchizono’s film “Wings of Iron” (May 18-21). Both were originally scheduled for the center’s spring 2020. A new dance film by Omar Román De Jesús will be shown virtual (April 25 to May 9).
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