Dance Around Town: A Photograph Celebration - Robert Tracy on Dance
In celebration of Saratoga Springs’ history as a “city of dance” and as the summer home of New York City Ballet, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) announces that it has partnered with Saratoga Arts and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery to present Dance Around Town: A Photographic Celebration. Kicking off in June, Dance Around Town is a citywide collection of dance photographs that showcases the endless energy and triumphant spirit of dance with three dedicated exhibitions by world-renowned artists including Merce My Way by Mikhail Baryshnikov at SPAC, Ageless Dancers by Betti Franceschi at Saratoga Arts, and Robert Tracy on Dance at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.
Dance Around Town Schedule
Merce My Way
Location: The Pines at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Dates & Viewing Times: June 5 (2pm to 5pm), June 6 - 9 (12pm to 5pm), June 17 - 19 (12pm to 5pm)
Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer, choreographer, actor, and a photographer most of his adult life, pays vibrant homage to the work of master choreographer Merce Cunningham. In his own words, Baryshnikov describes his project as his “humble attempt to see, measure, and understand the work of one of the greatest choreographers of our time.” These photographs of the Cunningham Dance Company are vibrant and expressive depictions of Cunningham’s work, vividly capturing the intricate and beautiful movements of the dancers.
The collection will also be available for viewing to all ticket holders of SPAC's classical programming. Additional viewing times to be announced.
Location: Saratoga Arts
Dates: June 18 - August 13
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm | Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Inspired by the retired ballerinas at a New York City Ballet gala in Paris, Franceschi’s photographs capture iconic senior dancers. As Franceschi states, “the ageless artist in each of those grand dames, and those who have followed, must be recorded and honored.” Through her work, Franceschi challenges the culture of ageism in America. While their technique is past its prime, the expressive energy, physicality, and spirit of the dancers remain triumphant.
Robert Tracy on Dance
Location: The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery
Dates: June 4 - August 21
Hours: Thursday 12pm to 9pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Robert Tracy (1955–2007) was a dancer, critic, author, educator, and partner of legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Tracy studied dance and Classics at Skidmore College and graduated in 1977. He later donated his archive of dance photographs to the College. After his time as a performer, Tracy turned to writing and teaching. He taught dance history at Fordham University and wrote on dance, theater, music, art, and film for publications such as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Dance, Elle, and Vogue.
Robert Tracy on Dance includes research photographs from his first book, Balanchine’s Ballerinas: Conversations with the Muses, 1983. The book includes interviews with ballet stars like Alexandra Danilova, Violette Verdy, Suzanne Farrell, and Melissa Hayden, who was Tracy’s teacher at Skidmore College. The book included work by leading practitioners of dance photography, including Costas Cacaroukas, Steven Caras, Fred Fehl, Carolyn George, George Platt Lynes, and Martha Swope.
All three exhibitions will be available at no cost.