Dancing with Glass

The Piano Etudes

Dancer on the floor beside a chair at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
90 min

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Dancing with Glass – The Piano Etudes, presented in collaboration with The Joyce Theater as part of the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival in New York.

Philip Glass composed the Piano Etudes over the course of 30 years as practice works to help improve his own performance technique. Now, the Etudes are some of Glass’s most popular works, performed by amateurs and professionals alike and capturing the imagination of artists from all backgrounds.

In Dancing with Glass, five choreographic perspectives set to selections from the Piano Etudes will be presented with featured guest pianist Maki Namekawa, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Philip Glass’s piano music. The evening will feature work by Post-Modern innovator Lucinda Childs, Chanon Judson of Urban Bush Women, Justin Peck of New York City Ballet, Brazilian tap artist Leonardo Sandoval, and Los Angeles based choreographers Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber. The work, which will be presented by The Joyce Theater, from November 28th to December 10th, will also feature costumes by noted designer Josie Natori.

Photo: © Bess Greenberg photographed at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park