Founded by Jacqulyn Buglisi and three other former principal dancers from the now-defunct Martha Graham Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theatre (BDT) has returned to the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli as artists-in-residence. This Saturday, BDT will perform an eclectic program that brings to life two musical generations, terrifying angels, sacred deserts and lake-dwelling female phantoms.
Saturday’s program will feature a work-in-progress reflecting the Buglisi dancers’ collaboration this year with composer Justin Dello Joio and his father Norman Dello Joio. BDT will perform a preview of dances set to Justin’s Elegy: To an Old Musician (for Cello and Piano) and Norman’s piano piece Prelude: To a Young Musician. Also on the schedule are four works from BDT’s repertoire: Threshold (1991) is based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Elegy I” and set to music by Arvo Pärt. Sand (2007), set to Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 5, is the first of Buglisi’s environmental trilogy. Zjawa (2013) is inspired by a ghost ballad by 19th-century Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz. And This Is Forever (2013), based on Mildred Cram’s 1934 novella Forever, is set to music by Steve Margoshes, who will perform the piano accompaniment live.
The performance by the Buglisi Dance Theatre begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 26. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $10 for children and for student rush seats, the latter available at the door with ID. For more information call (845) 757-5106 or visit www.kaatsbaan.org. The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center is located at 120 Broadway in Tivoli.