Dancer/choreographer Dana Reitz, the Viola Farber Artist in Residence at Sarah Lawrence College performed "Some Chamber Pieces," work she has developed here, on May 14 in the Bessie Schoenberg Dance Studio in the College's Performing Arts Center. (See "Dancing with Light").
Reitz is the first Viola Farber Artist in Residence at the College, made possible by a gift from the artist Robert Rauschenberg in memory of the late dancer/choreographer and director of the Sarah Lawrence Dance Program from 1987 until her death in 1998.
Commenting on his gift to the College, Raushenberg said of Farber, "Although she is no longer with us, her spirit may live on through the many artists and dancers whose lives and work she will influence."
Reitz is a choreographer and dancer who has developed and produced projects, which she often refers to as performance landscapes. Most of these works are performed in silence to reveal the movement's own musicality. Since the early 1980's Reitz has pioneered work in the realm of movement and lighting, treating light as an equal partner in the performance arena.
Recent projects include "Unspoken Territory" (1995), a solo she created for Mikhail Baryshnikov with lighting in collaboration with Jennifer Tipton and "Necessary Weather" (1994), a collaborative work with Tipton and dancer Sara Rudner, now director of the Sarah Lawrence College Program in Dance. In 1996, she and Mikhail Baryshnikov toured together with a program for solos. Reitz premiered a new solo "Cadences (for Cunningham and Cage)" in Lisbon (2000) and is currently working on a new collaborative project, working title "Place," to premiere in 2002.
Reitz' work has been commissioned and produced at major festivals and theatres in the U.S. and Europe and she has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is the recipient of two New York Dance and Performance Awards ("Bessies") and has had her work supported by major foundations including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial foundation and public agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently on the faculty at Bennington College.