Modernist poetry masterpiece reimagined at Bard

Kathleen Chalfant and Pam Tanowitz in rehearsal for Four Quartets. (Photo by Maria Baranova)

The Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater hosts the world premiere of Four Quartets, a new interdisciplinary dance commission from choreographer Pam Tanowitz, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and painter Brice Marden. Four Quartets is the first authorized dance performance ever to be based on T. S. Eliot’s career-crowning masterpiece of the same title.

Pam Tanowitz has been recognized by The New York Times as “one of the most formally brilliant choreographers around,” with honors including a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2017 Cage Cunningham Fellowship. Grammy Award-winning Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s music has “given her audiences – and given late 20th– and early 21st-century music as a whole – some of the most luminous, beguiling and sheerly sensual experiences they can hope to have” (The Guardian). American Modernist painter and Hudson Valley resident Brice Marden is “one of today’s leading artists” (The New York Times) and was the subject of a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Four Quartets will be performed on the weekend of July 6 through 8. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.; the Sunday, July 8 performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25. The Fisher Center is located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. For tickets and additional information, visit