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While theres been a flourish of big name choreographers and residencies cropping up in Upstate New YorkStephen Petronio and Jonah Bokaer, among others emerging, local groups are also looking upstate for space and solitude to rehearse.
The dancers slowly grow and unfurl upward before proceeding to spring around the stage to evoke the movement of the flowers.
After many months under an interim leadership team of dancers who replaced the ousted Peter Martins, the company announced that Wendy Whelan, who retired from the company in 2014 after 30 years, will be associate artistic director, and ex-principal Jonathan Stafford—who had become the de facto leader—will be artistic director.
In the opening of Oba Qween Baba King Baba, Ni’Ja Whitson stands firm and grounded in front of their audience.