Due to unforeseen scheduling shifts, Tanz Farm, the Goat Farm Arts Center’s season of contemporary dance and performance, will replace its previously scheduled events for March with a visit from Fabien Prioville, a veteran of Tanztheater Wuppertal, the ground-breaking company of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.
Bausch, pioneer of the dance form known as Tanztheater (from whence Tanz Farm gets its name), is widely regarded as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Prioville began his relationship with Bausch and her company in 1999 and performed in some of the choreographer’s most iconic works: he was a featured performer in the Wim Wenders documentary Pina, created in 2011 after Bausch’s death in 2009.
Prioville’s visit from March 27–29 will include five free public events but no performances: Prioville and his company, Fabien Prioville Dance, are slated to return for a full visit to Atlanta with the work Experiment on Chatting Bodies in the 2014–15 Tanz Farm season.
The schedule for his three-day March visit currently includes a Pina Bausch legacy workshop, a workshop involving his own work in process, a discussion event and a screening of the film Pina. All events will take place at the Goat Farm Arts Center and are free and open to the public.
“I feel like Fabien is bringing us two worlds: his own and Pina’s,” says Tanz Farm creator and cocurator Lauri Stallings. “We’re ecstatic. It’s an important relationship to introduce to Atlanta. There is this extraordinary, beautiful artist who is bringing a legacy with him.”
Tanz Farm organizers had originally scheduled performances and events centered on the work of young choreographer Austin McCormick’s Company XIV for March 27–30, the third series of events in Tanz Farm’s second season. The artist had a breakout success this December with his New York Times–reviewed production Nutcracker Rouge. The extended run of that show resulted in “visa issues and dancer injuries,” according to McCormick, which necessitated the delay of the company’s Atlanta visit. Tanz Farm organizers say they hope to host McCormick and his company as part of the 2014–15 season. “We’re leaning towards that very production that’s keeping him away,” says Stallings.
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The full schedule of Prioville’s visit is as follows:
— March 27 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Workshop
— March 27 8 p.m. Work in Progress: Fabien Prioville (Dusseldorf)
— March 28 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Workshop
— March 28 8 p.m. Film screening: Pina
— March 29 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Playground: Songs to Grow On / Alliance Theatre for the Very Young
— March 29 1 p.m.–2 p.m. FEED Discussion