Opening tonight, at the Joyce Theater, this two-week engagement divides the wealth of new choreography into a pair of back-to-back programs. Only Angelin Preljocaj’s controversial duet “Annonciation,” which recasts the Immaculate Conception as a weird encounter with space-aliens, has been presented here before.
Cedar Lake is building on its previous successes and developing its relationships with dance makers Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter and Jo Strømgren. In addition, the troupe will dance a surprising, neo-classical piece by newcomer Regina van Berkel, a choreographer trained in the Netherlands who is also a veteran of William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. With an abundance of technical challenges and stylistic contrasts, the season’s two programs aim to showcase the company’s versatility.
The New York Times
The change in fortune dates from 2005, when Ms. Laurie appointed the French-born former Alvin Ailey dancer, Benoit-Swan Pouffer as artistic director just as the company moved into a new home with its own theater in Chelsea.
Mr. Pouffer’s subsequent decision to focus on acquiring new work from an up-and-coming group of mostly European choreographers turns out to have been an inspired one. The company now possesses a remarkably distinctive repertory, and has become a showcase for choreographers who are often well-known elsewhere but little seen in the United States.