Windhover Performing Arts Center – Quarry Dance – August 1 & 2

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 3”

AT DEEP PIT QUARRY

111 HIGH ST., LANESVILLE, (GLOUCESTER) MA (01930)

ON

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 AT 5:30PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 AT 11:00AM & 5:30PM

FOLLOWING ON THE SUCCESS OF “QUARRY DANCE 2” IN 2013, WINDHOVER HAS INVITED CHOREOGRAPHER DUSAN TYNEK AND HIS COMPANY TO DEVELOP ANOTHER SITE-SPECIFIC QUARRY DANCE THIS SUMMER AT “DEEP PIT QUARRY” IN LANESVILLE TO BE PERFORMED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 5:30 PM AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 11:00 AM AND 5:30PM.  THE PERFORMANCES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.  CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME.

Quarry_backs Quarry_high lifts  (NOTE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING SEATING, PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION BELOW.)

“DEEP PIT QUARRY” HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY. THIS INTIMATE AND MAGICAL QUARRY WAS OWNED BY THE GREAT AMERICAN SCULPTOR, WALKER HANCOCK, WHOSE HOME AND STUDIO ARE ADJACENT TO IT.  HIS BEST-KNOWN WORK, “ANGEL OF THE RESURRECTION”, CREATED IN 1950-52, IS A WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL PERMANENTLY INSTALLED AT THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION.  AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1998, THE QUARRY WAS PASSED ON TO HIS DAUGHTER, DEANIE HANCOCK FRENCH.  SHE HAS GENEROUSLY GIVEN WINDHOVER PERMISSION FOR ITS USE.

FOR QUARRY DANCE 3, THE DUSAN TYNEK DANCERS WILL USE THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE QUARRY— ITS LEDGES, CLIFFS, TERRACES AND WATER —  TO CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL PLACE. THEY WILL ALSO CREATE DANCES BASED UPON WALKER’S SCULPTURES, WHICH ARE SO FILLED WITH MOVEMENT THEY LITERALLY ‘DANCE’.  AND THEY WILL PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO HIS ROLE AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL “MONUMENTS MEN”, THAT SMALL GROUP OF MEN WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO EUROPE TO RESCUE THOUSANDS OF PRICELESS WORKS OF ART FROM NAZI DESTRUCTION IN WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED ‘THE REATEST TREASURE HUNT IN HISTORY.’

THIS ENTIRE EVENT WILL COMBINE A CELEBRATION OF THE QUARRIES WITH THE LIFE AND WORK OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY!

DURING THIS WEEKEND, FLATROCKS GALLERY AT 77 LANGSFORD ST. , GLOUCESTER,  WILL BE EXHIBITING A SELECTION OF WALKER HANCOCK’S SCULPTURES ON VIEW FROM NOON TO 5:00 PM, THURSDAY-SUNDAY.  THE EXHIBIT WILL RUN FROM JULY 24TH TO AUGUST 24TH.

HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF “QUARRY DANCE 3” WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE ROCKPORT AND GLOUCESTER CULTURAL COUNCILS.

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“It is a sign of the skill and taste of Czech-born choreographer, Dusan Tynek, that a new dance of his will often recall the work of a great choreographer, a different one each time.” Brian Seibert, NY Times

 

“Tynek is a talent who seems to be waiting for his big moment; he has a gift for inventing inventive, luscious movement and an instinct for theatrical effect.”  R.Sulcas, NY Times

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NOTE:

SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST- SERVED BASIS.  IN ADDITION, PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO BRING BLANKETS TO SIT ON, AS WELL AS WATER AND SOFT DRINKS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SPACE IS LIMITED.

 

DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABLE PARKING AT THE QUARRY, PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION:

 

PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:  LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, 8 VULCAN STREET; OPPOSITE THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON VULCAN STREET; ALONG ONE SIDE OF WASHINGTON STREET; ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH PARKING LOT AT 1123 WASHINGTON STREET.    (NOTE:  ON SATURDAY MORNING THE CHURCH PARKING LOT WILL BE SHARED WITH A RUMMAGE SALE.)

 

THERE WILL BE A SIX PASSENGER VAN SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FOR $1.00 PERPERSON EACH WAY FOR THOSE WISHING TO BE TRANSPORTED.  THIS SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY SARAH RASMUSSEN AND MARK MILLER FROM “RIDE ON TRANSPORTATION.”  THE SHUTTLE WILL BEGIN ONE HOUR BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE AND CONCLUDE ONE HOUR AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE.  IT WILL DEPART FROM THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (8 VULCAN STREET) TO THE 111 HIGH STREET QUARRY.  FOR THOSE PARKING AT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH LOT, IT IS A SHORT WALK TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER.

 

WE ARE ASKING THAT NO PRIVATE VEHICLES BE USED ON HIGH STREET GOING TO THE QUARRY AT THIS TIME TO ALLOW FOR AN UNIMPEDED FLOW OF TRAFFIC.  IT IS ONE HALF MILE WALK FROM THE PARKING LOT AT THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER TO DEEP PIT QUARRY AT 111 HIGH STREET.  WE ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO CAN TO WALK, BUT PLEASE ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME.

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