Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company to Perform at Opalka Gallery’s Braun Exhibition

Opalka Gallery and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will present a new site-specific performance choreographed especially for the current exhibition, “Judith Braun: My Pleasure,” at 7 p.m. this upcoming Saturday, March 12.

“My Pleasure” is  a solo exhibition of new work by artist Judith Braun, on view through April 23, 2022. Fifteen paintings and a series of functional painted sculptures are included along with two site-specific murals and one large photocopy installation from 1993.

Braun has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

ESDC will create a series of dances that explore, enhance and elaborate on Ms. Braun’s art as well as on the unique design of the exhibit. Ms. Braun’s larger than life black and white paintings, their placement on frames that can be moved within the gallery space, the enormous backdrop of lettering and side paintings at the entrance to the exhibit establish an environment of boldness, mood and intrigue. The layering of ESDC’s choreography throughout the gallery, the selection of early 20th century and current African American jazz and blues music, the striking costume design of Kim Vanyo all combine to ensure an evening of surprise, humor, drama and singular experience. 

ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY (ESDC) is a 31-year-old not-for-profit arts organization located in NYS’s Capital Region. Celebrating its 30th season as resident company of The Egg, ESDC’s commitment to CREATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE and PARTNER remains in the forefront as it shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops, educational and community outreach.  Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli has created over 100 dances since forming the company and ESDC’s collaborations and artistic projects serve as a conduit to bring together talented artists (both regional and national) from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers and musicians, poets and storytellers, videographers, photographers and physicists. Past commissions include new work for The Egg, Olana Partnership, Saratoga County Arts Council, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Museum and St Cecelia Orchestra.

Purchase $24 tickets for this event here. Opalka Gallery is located at 140 New Scotland Ave. on the Albany campus of Russell Sage College.

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