While his later mentors included such giants of the modern dance world as Merce Cunningham and Lucinda Childs, some of the genre-spanning versatility of Czech-born choreographer Dušan Týnek can likely be ascribed to his baccalaureate years at Bard College, where he studied the natural sciences along with dance. The Annandale institution’s idea of a well-rounded liberal education has long included encouraging students to make up their own majors, cobbling together areas of personal interest in seemingly unrelated disciplines. And that Bardian DNA shows in his work: The Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre’s tenth anniversary season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2013, for example, included three dances that explore the confluence of science and mythology.
Over the 13 years since he founded his Brooklyn-based company, critics and audiences alike have praised Týnek’s imagination, command of structure and genuine ability to convey emotion and atmosphere through an original dance vocabulary that naturally bonds classical and modern techniques. He’ll be back in his old stomping grounds this Saturday evening, November 19, when the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center presents a performance by the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30 general admission, $10 for student rush seats and for children.
To reserve tickets or find more information, call (845) 757-5106, extension 2, or visit www.kaatsbaan.org. Kaatsbaan is located at 120 Broadway in Tivoli.