Lehrer Dance 10th Anniversary Home Season Performance
Saturday, October 1, 2016
University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
Tickets – $32 Adults / $14 Any Student / $73 VIP*
* VIP Ticket includes: VIP Seating and Post-Show Reception with Lehrer Dance. Enjoy desserts, wine and champagne from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens as you mix and mingle with Artistic Director Jon Lehrer and LD Company Members.
Tickets are also available at the Center for the Arts Box Office on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus. Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm. Tickets purchased directly at the UB CFA Box Office will not be charged the convenience fees associated with purchase through Tickets.com. Box Office: (716) 645-6915
For the fifth year in a row, Lehrer Dance kicks off the M&T Bank Dance Series with a stunning concert showcasing the company’s internationally renown blend of artistry and athleticism. After a sold out home performance last year, a 5-week European tour, a 2-week tour to Russia, and the hugely successful “Yeats Project” collaboration with Irish Classical Theatre and Torn Space Theater, the company is excited to be kicking off their 10th Anniversary at UB CFA!
This year’s program will feature three world premieres (including a live performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus), one Buffalo Premiere, and audience favorites from the company’s diverse repertoire. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Lehrer Dance in Buffalo before they begin their touring season across the country and around the world.
New Finale with live music by Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Featuring amazing renditions of the hit songs:
“Some Nights” by Fun
“Somebody to Love” by Queen
“Africa” by Toto
“Troika” – a male trio about the power of each individual coming together to create a unified group.
“Pulp” – a full company comedy inspired by the silent film era, with a stylish nod to the films of Quentin Tarantino.
“Rascal” – performed by veteran company member Rachael Humphrey and premiered in Germany on February 12, 2016. A feisty solo about a dancer left alone to do whatever she wants, like a child at play who thinks no one is watching.
“Rachael Humphrey can and does anything she wants in this magical and inherently powerful solo.” – Opernentetz – Leverkusen, Germany
Lehrer Dance Favorites:
“Chukchi” (2015) – The dynamic, pulse-pounding work inspired by our tours to the Far East of Russia, featuring original music by “Ergyron”, the State Chukchi-Eskimo Music & Dance Ensemble located in Anadyr, Russia. Premiered at last year’s home season, the work has since been performed around the world to rave reviews:
“Though you’d be hard pressed to single out the best number of the evening, the world premiere of Chukchi was a spectacle worthy
of Broadway. Chukchi was breathtaking. When the lights went down, it drew the loudest applause of the evening, and rightfully so.” – Buffalo News
“Chukchi is simply enchantingly beautiful. With grace and swirling energy, the choreography, costumes and performance is perfect.”
– Onetz – Amberg, Germany
“Femeie de Lume” (2014) – Romanian for “Woman of the World’, this awe-inspiring work, featuring Colleen Walsh and the four men of Lehrer Dance, showcases the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the woman. She both depends on the men and controls them in order to get through this emotionally and physically complex work.
“An atmospheric work that revealed the emotional blossoming of a female into womanhood. Walsh, a vision of muscular grace
and beauty in white, emerged from a cluster of four male dancers in black like a butterfly from a cocoon.” – Buffalo News
“A Ritual Dynamic” (2007) – The work that started it all, the very first Lehrer Dance piece! Not performed in its entirety in Buffalo since 2012, “A Ritual Dynamic” shows off the organic athleticism and edge of your seat excitement for which the company has become world famous.
“A Ritual Dynamic is a rhythmically propulsive, tremendously athletic work that might challenge even the fittest triathlete. A thrilling
piece notable for its exquisite patterning, its gymnastic beauty and its fierce rhythmic propulsion.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“In the final piece, A Ritual Dynamic, Jon Lehrer’s strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged
particles. Rich movement invention coupled with high-risk partnering were signatures of Lehrer’s choreography throughout the work.”
– Dance Magazine