In Atlanta, the idea of “center” isn’t exclusive. Considering the city’s shifting nature, the center is not a fixed point. Atlanta’s dance scene has a number of centers — Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, CORE, the Ferst Center for the Arts and the Rialto Center for the Arts are among the venues.
Tanz Farm, an ambitious plan announced today by contemporary performance group gloATL and the Goat Farm Arts Center, aims to establish the Goat Farm’s Goodson Yard as one of Atlanta’s newest creative dance centers. The goal is to become a national and international destination for contemporary performance. Goodson Yard, the 100-year-old warehouse turned performance venue that is gloATL’s current home, will play host to a series of initiatives including a four-part subscription performance series, interdisciplinary workshops, residencies, discussions and a series of works in progress. The Tanz Farm performance series will begin September 12 and conclude May 12, 2013.
The initiative, dubbed a “performance anthology,” will bring up-and-coming choreographers who are helping shape the national and world dance scenes with compelling and original work to the Goat Farm to collaborate with Atlanta-based dancers. The goal is to co-create new work that is socially and culturally relevant to Atlanta.
The word “tanz,” which is German for “dance,” pays tribute to the Tanztheater performance tradition associated with the late choreographer Pina Bausch and represents the initiative’s international scope, explained Rick Carvlin, gloATL’s general manager.
Tanz Farm aims to “develop a ‘cultural badge’ that Atlantans can boast of,” said Goat Farm co-owner Anthony Harper. “A source of pride, the Tanz platform allows a multi-disciplinary network of performers to explore new combinatory methods with one another. Our hope is that bringing together this dense contrasting network of performers and artists will give ideas the chance to collide with opportunity and synthesize.”
Tanz Farm helps further the goals of last year’s “Off the EDGE” arts initiatives, Carvlin said. Like “Off the EDGE,” which is scheduled to take place again in 2013-14, Tanz Farm aims to connect Atlanta-based artists with one another and also with those who are creating work at the national and international levels.
“This merging, of the Goat Farm and gloATL, of current contemporary performance practices and a sense of place, is, like most, a chip in a complex mosaic, a continued effort to invest in the city’s atmosphere,” said gloATL founder and Artistic Director Lauri Stallings. “Tanz Farm highlights our experience that only through live action can we fully realize the potential of involvement people have with one another.”
The performance series will feature choreographers whose genre-bending and often experimental works are gaining national and world attention. They include Pierre Rigal of France, Sidra Bell of New York, former William Forsythe dancer Amanda K. Miller of Germany, zoe/juniper of Seattle and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago. Atlanta-based artists in the series include Staibdance, CORE Performance Company, Theatre du Reve, gloATL, the Sonic Generator music ensemble and visual artist Gyun Hur.
Here is the performance series schedule:
FALL SERIES: OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Sidra Bell/NY and Theatre du Reve, Thursday-Saturday, November 1 to 3 at 8 p.m.
WINTER SERIES: DECEMBER 14-16, 2012, AT 8 P.M., SUNDAY AT 3 P.M.
Staibdance will perform a new work by George Staib.
Luna Negra Dance Theater will perform “Toda una Vida,” a new work by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
SPRING SERIES: MARCH 14-24, 2013, THURSDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS AT 8 P.M., SUNDAYS AT 3 P.M.
SUMMER SERIES: MAY 9-11, 2013, THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AT 8 P.M.
Amanda K. Miller, director of the company Pretty Ugly, will create a new work to be performed by CORE Performance Company.
Single tickets to the performance series are $25 general admission, $15 for artists and students; a season subscription to all four shows is $80.
Tanz Farm will also include a number of free public events as part of its additional initiatives: “Shop,” “Liv,” “Feed” and “WIP.”
“Shop”: A series of workshops emphasizing interaction, interdisciplinary exchange and a tenacious work ethic. Artists will include Amanda K. Miller, Greg Catellier, Pierre Rigal, George Staib, Sidra Bell, Theatre du Reve, Zoe Scofield, Gyun Hur, Tom Sherwood, Tian Justman and Lauri Stallings.
“Liv”: An initiative that supports Atlanta and visiting artists both living on the farm and generating material in Goodson Yard. It will provide work and living space to artists for one day a week to a four-week extended stay. 2012-13 Liv artists will include CORE Performance Company, Corian Ellisor, Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, Amanda K. Miller, Staibdance, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, the Kennesaw State University Department of Dance, Theater du Reve and Catellier Dance Projects.
“Feed”: A conversational series that aims to promote dialogue and discourse during the creative process. Participating artists will be announced soon.
“WIP”: This series will give participants an opportunity to discuss and develop their individual projects without the pressure of a “finished” work. Artists will include Miller, Catellier Dance Projects, Staibdance, zoe/juniper, Theater du Reve, gloATL, Gyun Hur, Tian Justman and Sonic Generator.