LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY
AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL AT DPAC
Men’s Stories (2000) is Lar Lubovitch’s powerful exploration of masculinity, biography, and character. Lubovitch has described the work as “a dance that opens up, like a book, to reveal the story of the men inside the dance.” This 45-minute work for 9 men is acclaimed for both its choreography and its virtuosic male dancing. The dance tells its stories though a “collage” format, rather than a linear narrative structure. The unusual commissioned score—also a collage—combines original music with samplings of classical music and other audio effects, creating “a concerto in ruin.” Concerto Six Twenty-Two (Men's Duet), one of Lubovitch’s most-acclaimed works, premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1986. Although “men dancing” has existed in modern dance almost from the beginning, Concerto brought a new freedom of expression to this concept. While Concerto does not tell a literal story, it does indelibly portray men (for the first time) within a caring, supportive, and loving relationship. In the mid-80s, this aspect of Concerto gave the work special resonance in the face of the AIDS crisis, but the theme is timeless. North Star (1st movement), Scriabin Dances, and Othello Pas de Deux (Act III) will round out the program.