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The Oracle Makes Atlanta Debut


The Company makes its Atlanta debut May 22 and 23 with the regional premiere of The Oracle at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s with an acclaimed cast of dancers. The weekend-long run is part of the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival.

The dance features four highly charismatic dancers, including the choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman and longtime dancer Jonathan Alsberry, who The New York Times called “radiant” in the work, and which praised him for his “shining performances.” The Times admired “sprightly” dancer Brittany Posas for her “elastic, space-gobbling quality of movement and Gwirtzman, a “tall, slender figure,” notingMr. Gwirtzman loves tangled partnering and tricky lifts.” The Oracle incorporates intricate partnering.

“Referring back to ancient times, existing fully in the present and simultaneously looking forward into the future—The Oracle explores the times in which we come together as community. The intersection of people is at the heart of The Oracle,” remarks Gwirtzman. “Not rooted in any specific history, event, or time, The Oracle represents a continuum of gatherings, which repeatedly define our individual and collective experiences, and, as such, push us forever onward in the cycle of life. It is a marker, a ceremony, a mysterious and unspoken contract.”

The interactivity of the dancers, woven together in duos, trios, and quartet sections and the volatile, combustive energy that results from these relationships, intensifies throughout. The abstract yet universal work weaves portraits of anonymity versus intimacy, and stylization versus pedestrianism. Composer Jeff Story, a long-time collaborator with the Company, created this original composition.


Performance Schedule:

Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m.

The Balzer Theater at Herren’s | 84 Luckie Street NW | Atlanta, GA  30303

General Admission:

$20.00 Adults  |  $15.00 12 & under, Seniors & Working Artists  |  $12.00 for Groups of 10 or more


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Artistic and Executive Director, choreographer, teacher and still very much principal dancer, Daniel Gwirtzman performed his signature dance solo Mapping to critical and public acclaim in March.  Says Gwirtzman, “Dancing at this pitch, at this point in my life is an amazing experience.”  The Dance Enthusiast, a critical dance site, offered the following review from ITE Inception to Exhibition‘s Second Annual Dance Festival.  “Mapping, Daniel Gwirtzman’s self-choreographed solo, differentiates itself with a lack of props, collaborators, or external distractions. A neutral white-noise soundscape and an all black costume allow the movement to speak for itself. What start as tense, balletic gestures dissolve into languid articulations. Gwirtzman systematically isolates various body parts to create a constant contrast between gentle and aggressive; harsh, clenched fists segue into the soft descent of a cheekbone to meet the floor.” Photo: Amanda MacLeod

Full review is here:

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