‘Architects Of Dance’ Coming To Bell Works Atrium In Holmdel


HOLMDEL, NJ — A performance of “Architects of Dance” takes place within a space famous for its architecture – Bell Works – at an upcoming one-night performance in Holmdel.

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, the Jersey Shore’s professional ballet company, will present “Architects of Dance,” featuring the company in choreography by some of the greatest modern dancers, on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Atrium at Bell Works Studio in Holmdel.

The evening will include a pre-performance reception at 5:30 p.m. at Bar Bella, followed by a private VIP tour of Bell Works led by Lead Designer and Creative Designer Paola Zamudio beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $25 general admission or $75 for the VIP experience, including the performance, tour and reception. Tickets are available at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center Box Office.

The program is inspired by the early 20th century Bauhaus architectural movement, espousing the unity of all the arts.

Artistic Director Gabriel Chajnik conceived of “Architects of Dance” to illustrate how choreography and architecture can influence each other, the ballet company says.

The program will feature works by Andrea Weber, formerly of Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Blakely White-McGuire, formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company; Daniel Fetecua, formerly of Jose Limon Dance Company; Michael Trusnovec, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company; and Chajnik, formerly of American Repertory Ballet.

“Choreographers move bodies on stage with a determined purpose,” said Chajnik, “the way architects lead people through their creations. ‘Architects of Dance’ will engage the senses through imagery and mesmerizing choreography.

The tour of the Bell Works grounds is integral to the dance experience, Chajnik said. “Walking through the vast building is a sensorial process – a dance in itself – that will fill audience members with energy and inspiration.”

Zamudio said “Architects of Dance” is “a celebration of the Bauhaus style and overall movement, which has been the root of my creative direction here at Bell Works. What better place to host this event than at the former Bell Labs building, designed by the iconic Eero Saarinen? We can’t wait for the community to experience it all at Bell Works.”

The dance works will be performed to such musical pieces as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Preludes from “The Well-Tempered Clavier”; “Six Little Piano Pieces” by Arnold Schoenberg; and Maurice Ravel’s “Miroirs,” among other works.

Chajnik’s series of dance vignettes, Komposition, is set to music by Erik Satie and inspired by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, a faculty member of the Bauhaus School from 1922 to 1933.

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