Initiated with a mix of teens from The Ailey School and professional dancers, The Encounter blossomed from the celebratory energy and gratitude of choreographer and former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Kimberly Bartosik and her return to the studio post-quarantine.
The work is an encounter with oneself, pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies–grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power– and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time. Working with communities around the world merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers, The Encounter is an intergenerational cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication and the potency of movement as a connective language.
The Encounter will be presented for the first time in NYC as part of Crossing the Line Festival, featuring performers and designers from NYC and Torn Space Theater in Buffalo.
The performance on Fri, Oct 7 will be followed by a conversation with Kimberly Bartosik, moderated by Joe Melillo.
Cast & Creative Team
Choreography and direction by Kimberly Bartosik
Performed by Kimberly Bartosik, Claude “CJ” Johnson*, Burr Johnson, Joanna Kotze, Ryan Pliss, Kalub Thompson, Mac Twining
With young performers River Bartosik-Murray, Logan Farmer, Ellington Hurd
Original sound design by Sivan Jacobovitz and Frankie Napolski, arranged by Kimberly Bartosik
Lighting design by Roderick Murray
Costume design Jess Wegrzn
Creative producer: Carlos Diaz Stoop
Rehearsal & administrative assistant: Lexie Thrash
Stage manager: Carly Weiser
Dramaturgical support by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola
*Claude “CJ” Johnson appears through the courtesy of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Bessie Award winning and Guggenheim Fellow choreographer, performer, educator, and writer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative, ferociously intimate choreographic projects that critically, tenderly, and violently etch away at deeply distressing threads of our society.