Arts Watch: Dancer/Choreographer Lance Gries’ FIFTY Project @ La MaMa

K.J. Holmes, Lance Gries, Jonathan Kinzel, Jimena Paz, Jodi Melnick.

K.J. Holmes, Lance Gries, Jonathan Kinzel, Jimena Paz, Jodi Melnick.

Pivotal marks in life are always worth noting.  Former Trisha Brown dancer and Bessie-nominated choreographer Lance Gries has found an exceptional way to celebrate his 50th birthday. He invited fifty New York and European colleagues from his 25 year career to “meet him in a studio” and dance with him—for fifty minutes of course. Luckily, he recorded these encounters — and worked in collaboration with Mike Taylor on the design and editing of the video. The results? The FIFTY Project – a series of beautifully intimate dances on film; duets between Lance and some of the world’s most interesting and creative dance makers.