Wendy Whelan dances in The Day at Catskill’s Lumberyard

Wendy Whelan (photo by Nisian Hughes)

Dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser join forces with seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create The Day, an evening-length work with evocative music by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang. Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, The Day is a meditation on two journeys: the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes not easily grappled with – memory, aging, death, the survival of the soul – through the shared language of music and dance.

A new work being developed at Catskill’s Lumberyard over a two-week production and technical residency, The Day will have its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow next summer and its New York premiere at the Joyce Theater next fall before touring the US and abroad. Audiences are invited to see the work in progress at the Lumberyard in showings on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8. Tickets cost $100 and include both the work-in-progress performance and a post-performance reception. To order, visit www.lumberyard.org/catskill/maya-beiser-and-wendy-whelan.

The Day, Friday/Saturday, Dec. 7/8, 8 p.m./7 p.m., Lumberyard, 62 Water Street, Catskill, www.lumberyard.org