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Patricia Noworol Dance premieres Replacement Place at New York Live Arts 4/30-5/2

by April Thibeault
March 11, 2015
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-6500
Award-winning Polish-German choreographer Patricia Noworol leads her dance theater troupe in a three-day run at New York Live Arts' Theater with the world premiere of Replacement Place. Known for her layered storytelling and provocative productions, Noworol continues to create visually striking, emotionally charged displays of dance-theater and multimedia performances that demand rigor and passion.

As evident in Replacement Place, Noworol is "fond of emotional and physical extremes" (New York Times). Replacement Place explores the impact of the unfamiliar alongside the everyday: One's complex understanding of a known landscape, and the exchange of competing ideas that is the core of our social interaction. With destructive playfulness, the work challenges the relationships and power structures that arise out of subjective acts of intimacy and violence. "I am lucky to have such vulnerable and talented artists willing to explore this ferocious, fiery athleticism with me," explains Patricia Noworol.

Three dancers and one musician co-inhabit the space, melding destructively playful and highly physical movement styles to create a dynamic exposure of how we navigate a disoriented existence. The cast is comprised of a wide-range of artists working in different creative mediums and dance styles: the leading characters of the popular Punchdrunk production Sleep No More, Troy Ogilvie (named Top 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine in 2011) and Nick Bruder (Falstaff Award for Best Principal Performance in 2011); the hip-hop stylings of Brooklyn dancer/rapper AJ "The Animal" Jonez (Animal Animation Flex artist); and electro-cellist Chris Lancaster (former music director for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), who also composed the production's original score. Lighting design by Greg Goff (former designer for musicians: Nelly Furtado, Girl Talk, Green Day, and The Band Perry to name a few) and costumes/scenic design by Vita Tzykun (contributing art director to Lady Gaga, Courtney Love, and others).

According to Lancaster, the music is comprised of fragmented musical memories of himself and the dancers, creating a stream of consciousness tone. "The result is a personal, transparent and in-the-moment musical map of the group's subconscious, core fears and dreams."

What: Patricia Noworol Dance Theater
When: April 30-May 1 @ 7:30pm, May 2 @ 2pm & 7:30pm
Where: New York Live Arts' Theater, 219 West 19th Street, New York City, Train: 3/F/M/L/A/C/E 14th Street
Tickets: $20-$30. To purchase, contact New York Live Arts at 212.924.0077, or visit newyorklivearts.org.

About PN Dance Theater

Patricia Noworol directs her company, which is based in New York City, in the creation of evocative Dance and Physical Theater performances. Since its inception in 2008, PNDT has been presented at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Danspace Project, 92nd Street Y, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Duo Theater, Atlas Theater, Fete de L'Hurricane, Dance Now Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, The Gala Benefit & Festival Performances at Dumbo Dance Festival, White Wave and La MaMa Moves Dance Festival, among others.

PNDT's evening length work, Circuits, won an EXCELLENCE AWARD for Outstanding Choreography at the 2009 NYC Fringe Festival. Fueled with this momentum, PNDT toured Circuits to the RUHR 2010 European Capital of Culture, and many other significant venues in Germany. Additionally, PNDT has obtained residencies at The Bessie Alumni Workshop and The DMAC Duo Theater in NYC.

Noworol's work as a choreographer has been met with glowing critical acclaim and extraordinary international media attention. From receiving The Young Artist Award of the Ministry of Arts and Culture in North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany in 2002 to being featured in television, radio, and press around Europe and the U.S., Noworol has long-enjoyed her work as a vibrant member of an international community. Noworol holds her BFA in Dance Performance and MFA in Dance Education from the Folkwang University of Essen, Germany as well as a second MFA in Dance and Choreography from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Additionally, she studied intensely under the Merce Cunningham Foundation and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. As a dancer herself, Noworol has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world's most important dance personalities – some of whom include Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Malou Airaudo, Dominique Mercy, Jean L. Sasportes, Alfredo Corvino, Gus Solomons, Jr. and Jean Cébron. To learn more, visit PNdance.com.

Patricia Noworol Dance Theater's presentation of Replacement Place at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts' Theater Access Program. The Theater Access Program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations. newyorklivearts.org
Patricia Noworol Dance Theater<br>dancers Troy Ogilvie and Nick Bruder in a rehearsal of 'Replacement Place'.

Patricia Noworol Dance Theater
dancers Troy Ogilvie and Nick Bruder in a rehearsal of "Replacement Place".

Photo © & courtesy of Aeric Meredith-Goujon

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