Banson, Bardarson, Beck, Veit, and Vilardo emerged from varied dance and movement backgrounds and have moved on to equally varied dance and movement careers in performance, choreography, teaching and administration. Beck and Bardarson also trained as practitioners in other significant body systems including acupuncture and yoga. Banson, Beck and Vilardo went on to found their own companies and Beck also ventured into filmmaking, winning an Emmy for the PBS commissioned “If the Walls Could Talk.” Their point of intersection is ZeroMoving Company, a critically noted modern dance company founded by Hellmut Gottschild that performed in multiple US cities and toured, as well, in Europe. Gottschild was born in Germany in 1936. He studied under and was assistant to modern dance pioneer, Mary Wigman. In 1962 he co-founded Gruppe Motion Berlin, and in 1968 the company moved to Philadelphia under the name of Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater. Gottschild left to found ZeroMoving Dance Company in 1972 which he directed until 1993, leaving the directorship to his associate and co-director, Karen Bamonte. Since then he has continued his creative and performance career as a solo artist and in collaboration with artist and scholar, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, including a performance at Berlin’s international dance festival, Tanz Im August, in 2017 and in Nicolo Fonte's "Beautiful Decay" with BalletX, also in 2017.
ZERO TO SIXTY: A JOURNEY FROM THEN TO NOW
Renee Banson, Lisa Bardarson, Terry Beck, Patty Veit, Christine Vilardo
Friday, October 4, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
$25 General Admission
$20 Students & Seniors
$5 Children under 12
From Zero to Sixty is an evening of dance, music and memories, including a tribute to Hellmut Gottschild, Founder and Director of ZeroMoving Dance Company. Choreographers Renee Banson, Lisa Bardarson, Terry Beck, Patty Veit and Christine Vilardo will present an evening of new and reconstructed works. The artists have a deep connection to ZeroMoving Dance Company, having been inspired and influenced by company founder and Artistic Director Helmut Gottschild’s teaching and creative process. They have a history with each other in shared performance projects and have continuing bodies of work as independent dance and performance artists. Lighting design is by Nanette Hudson Joyce; Composer Paul Epstein will contribute music to the concert; and Edrie Ferdun and Linda Caruso Haviland, among other Zero alums, will speak. Banson will premiere a new work and perform a solo from Terry Beck’s earlier work, “Dig.” Bardarson presents two premieres—“Swantown” plus a trio with Tim Early and Sheila Zagar. Beck will premiere a new solo, “Harbour,” which continues a group work that he created for Rubicon Dance in Cardiff, Wales. Veit will present “In The Deep Dawn,” joined by 10 year old Aliyah Shapiro. Vilardo will present a revised version of “bits of broken glass and fine china,” along with Janet Pilla, Linda Caruso Haviland, Dawn Morningstar, Sarah Schlechter and percussionist, Flossie Ierardi. Videos of ZeroMoving Company at work and in performance will be screened and Zero alums will also join in an improvisation that embodies their re-calling of seminal works by Gottschild.
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