Pam Tanowitz Dance

March 22, 2019

7:00 & 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of new work by New York City-based choreographer, Pam Tanowitz, performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance alongside dancers from Cleveland’s The Movement Project and selected local dancers. Recital #1 (five small dances for Cleveland) will occupy historic Pilgrim Congregational Church, March 22nd at 7pm and 9pm. The show will be influenced by the unique space and individual dancers. Each dance will be an intimate sketch, which the audience will observe close-up. *Music by Dana Jessen & Costumes by Maile Okamura

Date: March 22, 2019


Show 1/7:00 pm (Box Office opens at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Show 2/9:00 pm (Box Office & Theater Doors open at 8:30 pm)

Price: $10 (Online Pre-sale & Door Price) -

*Online pre-sale ends March 21st at midnight. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 6:00 pm on March 22nd.

Parking: Limited free onsite parking lot & free street parking

Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 (Tremont)

Photo Credit: Ian Douglas

audition for local Cleveland Dancers

Audition Date & Time: March 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

About Audition: The Movement Project is hosting an open audition with Pam Tanowitz. Pam will be auditioning dancers for her upcoming project Recital #1 (five small dances for Cleveland). The Show will occupy historic Pilgrim Congregational Church March 22nd at 7pm and 9pm, and will be influenced by the unique space and individual dancers. Each dance will be an intimate sketch, which the audience will observe close-up. Dancers from New York City-based Pam Tanowitz Dance will perform alongside performers from Cleveland’s The Movement Project and those local dancers selected from the audition.

Pam tanowitz dance company members

Jason Collins, Christine Flores, Lindsey Jones, Victor Lozano, Maile Okamura

Pam Tanowitz Dance - Company Bio

Pam Tanowitz Dance unites critically-acclaimed choreographer Pam Tanowitz with a company of world-class dance artists and renowned collaborators in all disciplines. 

As a choreographer, Pam Tanowitz is known for her abstract treatment of classical and contemporary and movement ideas. The work is deeply rooted in formal structures, manipulated and abstracted by Tanowitz until the viewer sees through to the heart of the dance. The juxtapositions and tensions that Tanowitz creates draws upon the virtuosic skill, musical dexterity, and artistic integrity of the PTD dancers. 

Since the company was founded in 2002, Pam Tanowitz Dance has received commissions and residencies at The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Dance Theater Workshop, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, Dancespace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Pam Tanowitz Dance has been selected by the New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

“As these performers move, the choreography makes them fascinating, complex, surprising. They both look tenderly human and resemble the soft luminescence of moths at night.” - Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

Photo Credit: Erin Baiano

Photo Credit: Erin Baiano

pam tanowitz

“Some of the dance steps, phrases and constructions by the choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today. They feature memorable footwork, strikingly elegant and witty combinations of lower- and upper body movement, and complex, subtle, fascinating uses of stage space.” - Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

Pam Tanowitz's dances are a lot like diamonds: They dazzle with compositional brilliance, reveal even more facets when you look closer, and are the products of an unusually intense creative force.” - Helen Rolfe, Dance Spirit Magazine

“Ms. Tanowitz has long been one of the most formally brilliant choreographers around.” - Brian Seibert, New York Times

Pam Tanowitz is a celebrated New York based choreographer and collaborator known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary. In 2000, she founded Pam Tanowitz Dance to explore dance-making with a consistent community of dancers.

In 2016, Tanowitz was presented with the Juried Bessie Award for “using form and structure as a vehicle for challenging audiences to think, to feel, to experience movement; for pursuing her uniquely poetic and theatrical vision with astounding rigor and focus.” Other honors include an Outstanding Production Bessie award in 2009 for her dance “Be In the Gray With Me”, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award in 2010, Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2013-14, a Fall 2016 fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and named a 2016-2017 City Center Choreography Fellow. Her work was selected by The New York Times Best of Dance series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. 

When awarding Ms. Tanowitz the 2017 BAC Cage Cunningham Fellowship, Mikhail Baryshnikov, the center’s artistic director, said in a statement that “her work is not an imitation of dance history, but is a distinct intellectual journey.” Her 2017 dance “New Work for Goldberg Variations”, created for her company in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, was called a “rare achievement” (The New York Times). Her most recent work, the 2018 creation Four Quartets, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s literary masterpiece and set to music by Kaija Saariaho, was called "the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century” (The New York Times).

She has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bard Summerscape Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Duke Performances, Peak Performances, FSU's Opening Nights Series, and the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston. 

Tanowitz has created or set work for City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Juilliard School, Ballet Austin, New York Theater Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet; and has been a guest choreographer at Barnard College, Princeton University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and Purchase College. 

Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Tanowitz holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently a visiting guest artist at Rutgers University.

Upcoming commissions from Paul Taylor American Dance, the Graham Company, and the Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America will expose new audiences to her work.

Dana Jessen

Praised for her diverse talents, bassoonist Dana Jessen is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and new music specialist. Dana is the founder of Splinter Reeds, a San Francisco-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Dal Niente, Calefax Quintet, Rushes Ensemble, Pamela Z, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Lucky Dragons, Amsterdam Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort and Harvard Group for New Music, among others. Her strong ambitions to explore free jazz and creative improvisation have led to performances throughout Europe and the United States with Han Bennink, Frank Gratkowski, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Wilbert de Joode, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Reed and many others.

Dana's tireless commitment to expand the modern bassoon repertoire through collaborations with composers from around the globe has led to dozens of new solo, chamber and electroacoustic works. She is currently working with composers George Lewis, Paula Matthusen, Sam Pluta and Peter V. Swendsen on a solo program of works for bassoon and live electronics.

In 2009, Dana created the New Music Bassoon Fund, an ongoing consortium commissioning podium dedicated to large scale works for bassoon. Through this ground-breaking organization, Dana invited 30 bassoonists to participate in the project’s first commission, an hour-long composition titled, Rushes, for seven bassoons by composer and Bang on a Can co-founder, Michael Gordon. Dana premiered Rushes in Fall 2012 with a hand picked ensemble of the most innovative bassoonists in the U.S. and continues to tour it around the world. Hailed as "fascinating…Gordon's simple transformations achieve, in all their simplicity, a great expressiveness" (NRC-Dutch National Newspaper), Rushes has been described as an evening length tour-de-force.

Recent concert highlights include performances at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Music Festival, Belgium’s Concertgebouw Brugge, Berlin's Universität der Künste, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, November Music in the Netherlands, Brooklyn’s Roulette, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Amsterdam's World Minimal Music Festival at the Muziekgebouw aan' t IJ. She has been artist in residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Amsterdam's STEIM, De Lindenberg Productiehuis, and the Omi International Arts Center. Her recordings as a bassoonist and improviser can be heard on Cantaloupe Music, RIOJA, Evil Rabbit, Oberlin Music and the New World record labels. Dana has also been heard on radio programs including NPR's All Things Considered, Chicago Public Radio’s Relevant Tones and the BBC Radio's Hear and Now.

Dana is currently the Director of Professional Development and Associate Professor of Contemporary Music & Improvisation at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and teaches during the summers at the Walden School Young Musicians Program where she can also be seen performing with the Walden School Players. She has presented masterclasses and workshops on topics surrounding contemporary music and improvisation for students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and University of California at Berkeley among others. She holds a M.M. in Bassoon Performance with academic honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and a M.M. in Improvisation from the Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. She lived in Amsterdam for three years as the recipient of a 2009-2011 HSP Huygens Fellowship and 2008-2009 J. William Fulbright Fellowship where she researched contemporary and improvised music.

The movement project Company Members

Grace Nicklos, Irene Honora, Elyse Morckel, Ashley Herron, Rebecca J. Leuszler, Megan Gargano

The Movement Project - Company Bio

The Movement Project was founded in 2009 by Megan Gargano and Rebecca Leuszler with a mission to challenge perspective, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement. In 2013 TMP launched its first full season of performances and has since then produced over 20 evening length concerts, has created over 30 new works, produced 5 original dance films, and has performed at various venues such as Cleveland Public Theatre, The Breen Center, Dumbo Dance Fest in NYC, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio University, Lakewood Masonic Temple, SPACES, Pilgrim Church, Transformer Station and Arts in August in Tremont. In 2013 and 2016, TMP was awarded The Fedora Award, a grant for individuals and organizations that focus on positively helping communities of Northeast Ohio. And in 2017 TMP was awarded funds by Puffin West Foundation to further support TMP’s annual summer intensive, a 1-week summer intensive focused on providing affordable and accessible dance education to Cleveland’s youth dancers. In 2015, TMP launched the Cleveland Artist Initiative, a program designed to support and fund the creation of new work by Cleveland artists. Over 51% of TMP’s operating budget is dedicated to paying artists and in 2017 TMP collaborated with over 75 artists and organizations throughout the year. In 2016, TMP launched Cleveland Dance Fest, an annual dance festival featuring Cleveland choreographers and is hosted each year in Tremont at Pilgrim Church, home of TMP since 2017. Fall of 2017, TMP launched The Movement Project School of Dance for youth ages 2.5-18 years old. At their studio space, office and theatre space at Pilgrim, TMP offers year round weekly professional classes, summer intensives, company rehearsals, festivals and performances.