POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Choreographer Paul D. Mosley will present an evening of dance both new and old, including a revised version of his 2005 work The Dead Father, on Friday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m., in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Advanced tickets are available by calling (845) 437-7832.
[Paul Mosley, Lanileigh Ting, Kristin Ogozaly, and Richard Ayres in "Spoons" from The Dead Father (Photo by Ralph Stewart)] Joining Mosley will be two members of his company: guest choreographer Richard Ayres and veteran performer Lanileigh Ting. The Dead Father is based on Donald Barthelme's book of the same name. "In Barthelme's peculiar book, The Dead Father is an immense edifice, several hundred feet long, who is dragged along by his children," explained Mosley, who created the work during a 2004 residency at The Yard, a performing arts colony on Martha's Vineyard. "They live inside of him and converse with him regularly. The story has been a take-off point to develop material and ideas exploring family themes and the dynamics of memory."
Ayres will also perform his whimsical solo piece Me, Myself and You, and Mosley will perform his 1995 signature work, The Greatest and Most Exciting Gratuitous Exhibition Ever Exploited, a dance monologue set in front of a carnival barker's freak show tent. In addition, Ayres will present his clever dance Less Filling, and Mosley will unveil For the Bazillionth Time, a new solo for Ting set to music by Led Zeppelin.
Mosley is currently the artistic director of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. He has danced with a number of leading groups, including the St. Louis Ballet, the Bill Evans Dance Company, and Mark Taylor and Friends. He has also received numerous commissions, presenting his works at Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, The Yard, DIA Center for the Arts, The Mulberry Street Theater, Gowanus Arts Exchange, West Virginia University, Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Illinois, and the Seattle Mime Theater.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.
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