Monday, March 13, 2017

VISUAL ARTS CENTER HOSTS BALLET IN THE GALLERY

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Immovable
choreographed by Julia K. Gleich
created in collaboration with artist Rachel Beach

WHEN: March 19, 2017, 2:45 pm and 3:30 pm.
WHERE:
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey
ADMISSION: $5 per family

imageIn the dramatic setting of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s Main Gallery, the relationship between sculptor and choreographer, and between art and dance, will be magnified and intensified. The choreography, in three parts, examines how external pressures create substrates upon which structures develop. As rough-hewn geometries contrasting with precise intersections of pointed feet and elbows, the dancers reflect the sensitive weight of Beach’s large sculptures.

Although Gleich and Beach created Immovable in early 2016, before the current political environment in the U.S., this dance feels particularly timely, as it suggests the tensions and frictions of disagreement. “We feel it is the role of a museum to be inclusive of all points of view, and to be a space that fosters dialogue and communication about a diverse range of topics including current events,” said Sarah Walko, Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.

Julia K. Gleich is a NYC and London-based choreographer interested in re-contextualizing ballet: creating new environments for traditional works and illuminating the relationships between the traditional and the contemporary. Her company, Gleich Dances, has performed in the UK and US receiving critical notice in the New York Times, Village Voice, The New Criterion, and Brooklyn Rail. Ms. Gleich received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014 from the University of Utah, College of Fine Arts. To learn more about Julia K. Gleich + Gleich Dances, visit www.gleichdances.org

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey, is open 7 days a week, hosting six exhibitions of contemporary artists at a time, with new exhibitions opening every three months.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization and accredited by the American Alliance for Museums, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.

Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the WJS Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations and Art Center members and donors.

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been dedicated to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization and accredited by the American Alliance for Museums, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors and people with special needs every year.