Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs New Work For Goldberg Variations with Pam Tanowitz Dance

2021 Grammy-Nominated Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs New Work For Goldberg Variations with Pam Tanowitz Dance in Princeton, NJ and Cleveland, OH

March 11, 2022 at 8:00PM | McCarter Theatre Center | Princeton, NJ Tickets and information:
https://www.mccarter.org/season/2021-2022/PDP/pam-tanowitz-dance-simone-dinnerstein/#TICKETS March 19, 2022 at 7:30pm | Playhouse Square | Cleveland, OH Tickets and information: https://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/pam-tanowitz-dance-with-simone-dinnerstein
“an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity” The Washington Post

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, currently nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo, will give two performances of New Work for Goldberg Variations with Pam Tanowitz Dance, presented by the McCarter Theatre Center on Friday March 11, 2022 at 8:00pm in Matthews Theater (91 University Place) and by Playhouse Square on March 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM in Mimi Ohio Theatre (1511 Euclid Ave). New Work for Goldberg Variations is a joint creation of Dinnerstein and choreographer Pam Tanowitz, performed with her company, Pam Tanowitz Dance. The collaborative work, which premiered in 2017 to much acclaim, is an evening-length piece for seven dancers and piano. Described by ˆThe New York Times as “[e]xtraordinary,” the work deconstructs classical, formal, and traditional movement vocabularies, mirroring and conversing with Bach’s iconic score in a delightful interplay of rhythm, style and idiosyncrasy. Shifting between encoded gestures and virtuosic dancing, it demonstrates the rich emotional world lying beneath the poised surface of the Goldberg’s musical architecture.


The Dance Enthusiast describes New Work’s staging and accompanying emotional atmosphere:


“Dinnerstein is situated at center stage, an obstacle the dancers must circle around, brush past, and even move through. During the piece, the music, musician, and piano feel as alive and present as the dancers. At times, the dance mimics the music, or counters it, and, sometimes, as in the opening, the dancers stand quietly and let the music speak. The tone is formal and somewhat impersonal. Rarely do the dancers acknowledge the audience, and their facial expressions seldom betray emotion. Rather, the articulation of their bodies causes the work to emote.”


Dinnerstein, one of the foremost Bach interpreters of her generation, as well as a specialist in The Goldberg Variations having recorded it for her breakout debut album in 2007, performs live with the dancers onstage. Dinnerstein brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding score to the project. Of the inventive collaboration, The New Criterion says, “Dinnerstein and Tanowitz together give new form to Bach’s astonishing composition and put it out there for us all to see – the piano and pianist front and center.”


For more on Simone Dinnerstein, visit: www.simonedinnerstein.com

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