Lydia Johnson Dance (LJD) is pleased to announce its New York Season 2022, from September 15-17, at New York Live Arts, with an ensemble of 10 in three premieres by Lydia Johnson, all created throughout the pandemic between shut-downs and Covid outbreaks. The Company welcomes the return of Craig Hall, former soloist and current Ballet Master of New York City Ballet, as guest artist in Johnson’s new Time…and again.
Johnson will premiere Time…and again, created for Hall and LJD principal Laura Di Orio. Set to jazz standards played by Oscar Peterson, the duet is filled with elegance and romance, seen rather wistfully through the current post-pandemic mood.
For Eli (premiere) was commissioned by visual artist Laura Lou Levy as a memorial to her late son Eli, and is danced to music by Chopin that Eli played before his untimely death. The work has no clear plot, but rather alludes to elements in Eli’s life and family.
Glide Path (premiere) is one of Johnson’s more abstract pieces. Creating a sense of time passing and of communities and relationships shifting, the piece is anchored in the music of the adventurous string quartet ETHEL.
The Company will reprise Johnson’s popular 2018 Undercurrent, a suite ending with a vibrant community dance reminiscent of village folk dance. As in all of her pieces, Johnson, lauded for her exceptional musicality, links her movement to the music of one of her most inspiring composers, Henryk Gorecki.
Lydia Johnson Dance will present its NYC Season 2022 at New York Live Arts from September 15-17. For tickets and more information, visit newyorklivearts.org/event/lydia-johnson-dance-2022.