Bessie Award winner Beth Gill to stage New Work for the Desert at Mass MoCA Jan. 18

In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in "Bird of Paradise". Photograph: Richard Gin.

In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in “Bird of Paradise”. Photograph: Richard Gin.

Working with an all-star team of dancers and designers, Beth Gill creates a space in which light is alive and space is vast in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, January 18, at 8pm.

Presented in association with Vermont Performance Lab, as part of the Hatchery Project, the work-in-progress performance of New Work for the Desert will feature technical and choreographic elements achieved during Gill’s residency at MASS MoCA.

Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012, Gill won the first annual Juried Bessie Award and “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer “in 2011. To develop New Work for the Desert, she is collaborating with performers Christiana Axelson, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar, and Stuart Singer, and lighting designer Thomas Dunn. Within the piece, the body struggles through form, gesture, and contact to express something real and fictitious, old and new, foreign and familiar.

“I am fixated on notions of space and perception and different forms of materiality affecting our experience of space,” Gill says. “At the onset of every new work is a familiar battle to reconnect with why I keep making dances. The only way this continues to be a relevant language, medium, and identity for me is if I’m questioning its necessity at every juncture.”

A full bar, and dinner and snacks from Lickety Split, are available before and during the show. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA box office, located on Marshall Street in North Adams, from 11am to 5pm (open every day except Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org.

The performance is presented by MASS MoCA in association with Vermont Performance Lab as part of The Hatchery Project, with lead funding support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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