The Day
Performance
Maya Beiser + Wendy Whelan + Lucinda Childs + David Lang

THE DAY

April 08 - 09, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

An evening-long sensory exploration of life and the voyage of the soul.

21/22 Hop Presents

A collaboration among legends, this bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance. Cellist Maya Beiser, who conceived the piece, has been described by Rolling Stone as a "cello rock star," and is a veteran of the world's most revered stages. Wendy Whelan, widely considered one of the world's leading dancers, spent 30 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and originated numerous roles in new works by the world's most esteemed choreographers. The two will be onstage all evening, embodying the iconic choreography of Lucinda Childs (a Commandeur in France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and 2018 inductee in Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance) to the original music of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang.

Join us after each performance for a Q&A with the artists.

(THE DAY) Maya Beiser + Wendy Whelan + Lucinda Childs + David Lang

 

The Making of "THE DAY"



The presentation of  THE DAY was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Also generously supported by the Melville 1960 and Leila Straus Fund and the Carolyn R. Kohn 1976 Dance Artist-in-Residence Fund

Photo: Nils Schlebusch

THE DAY was co-commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jacob's Pillow; The Joyce Theater; Ludwigsburg Festival, Germany; and Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; and was supported, in part, by the Inaugural Artist Fellowship at The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc.'s Artist Residency Center. Substantial development support was provided by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts and Summer Stages Dance @ ICA/Boston, with additional support from Baryshnikov Arts Center. THE DAY was supported in part by a Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Grant from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.

About THE DAY's Creators 
Wendy Whelan is widely considered one of the world's leading dancers, spending 30 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She recently became NYCB's associate artistic director. Childs, a force in contemporary dance since the early 60s, is a Commandeur in France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and 2018 inductee in Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance. Maya Beiser is a multifaceted artist who has performed on the world's great concert stages and whose critically acclaimed multimedia productions have consistently been chosen for top critics' "Best Of The Year" lists. Passionate, prolific and complicated, Lang is one of America's most performed composers, deeply versed in the classical tradition but also constantly creating new musical forms. The recording of his the little match girl passion received the 2010 Grammy Award and he has scored several Oscar-winning films. He has also shaped contemporary music as co-founder and co-artistic director of New York's legendary music collective Bang on a Can.

"force of nature"

Boston Globe on Maya Beiser

"America's greatest contemporary ballerina"

The New York Times on Wendy Whelan
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