Dance Around Town: A Photographic Celebration

JUNE 4 – AUGUST 21

Featuring exhibitions by world-renowned artists including “Merce My Way” by Mikhail Baryshnikov, “Robert Tracy on Dance” and Betti Franceschi’s “Ageless Dancers”

SPAC 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.

 

eyeSpace (2007) by Merce Cunningham, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Miami, Florida, 2007. ©Photograph by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Merce My Way

Dates: On display throughout the summer of 2022
Location: The Pines at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Hours: New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra performance nights- ticket holders are able to view the exhibit during performance hours.

Additional viewing times to be announced.

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. ​

Ageless Dancers

Gus Solomons jr ©Betti Franceschi

Dates: June 18th – August 13th, 2022
Location: Saratoga Arts
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm | Saturday 12pm – 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

Martha Swope (photographer) Suzanne Farrell and Arthur Mitchell in Metastaseis and Pithoprakta, choreography by George Balanchine, 1968, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches, Tang Teaching Museum collection, gift of Robert Tracy, class of 1977, 1986.70

Dates: June 4th – August 21st, 2022
Location: The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Hours: Thursday 12–9pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday 12–5pm

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 to view at no cost.