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Kevin O’Connor rehearses Noémie Lafrance's Rapture atop the Fisher Center on the Bard campus. - DOUGLAS BAZ
  • Douglas Baz
  • Kevin O’Connor rehearses Noémie Lafrance's Rapture atop the Fisher Center on the Bard campus.

Noémie Lafrance, the choreographer the Village Voice calls "the uncrowned queen of site-specific work," will present her latest in-situ choreography, Rapture, a work for six dancers suspended atop the undulating surface of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, at Bard this month. Perhaps best known in nondance circles for choreographing Fiest's Grammy-nominated video "1234," Lafrance is at the forefront of the site-specific dance movement, incorporating urban landscapes—parking garages, the stairwells of municipal buildings, abandoned public pools—into her compositions, which explore the dynamics of dance in public spaces. Prior to Rapture, Bard College dance students will perform Lafrance's Manor Field, a work Lafrance developed at the 2007 Dance Across Borders symposium held at Bard, in the field adjacent to the Fisher Center.

Rapture will be be performed Thursday through Sunday, September 25 to 28 and October 2 to 5, at 7pm, on the Fisher Center at Bard College. Tickets are $25, $22.50 for seniors. (845) 758-7900; www.fishercenter.bard.edu.

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