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Kaatsbaan's 2019 Season

On the Cover: June 2019

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Lauren Post at the Noguchi Sculpture - Garden in Orange County, CA - PHOTO: ASHLEY BARRETT
  • Photo: Ashley Barrett
  • Lauren Post at the Noguchi SculptureGarden in Orange County, CA

Lauren Post, who appears on this month's cover, has been dancing with American Ballet Theater since 2008. She has also performed in Joshua Beamish's "Surface Properties" in 2015, with Gemma Bond's "Harvest" in the 2016/2017 season, and in Isabella Boylston's Ballet Sun Valley festival in 2017 and 2018.

In 2016, Post tore her ACL on stage performing in "Sylvia" at The Met, but she was back at work nine months after surgery. With fresh energy and determination, Post created an off-season company called CoLab Dance to employ dancers year-round. The mission of the company, which had its first season last September, is to "utilize this off time to bring dancers and choreographers together, facilitating creative exploration and growth. In addition to new performance opportunities, dancers and choreographers will be given freedom to experiment and develop new works in a supportive atmosphere."

Kaatsbaan Culture Park for Dance in Tivoli has granted Post and Co•Lab Dance a two-week residency this August to create three new dance works with an accompanying fully produced performance on August 31 at 7:30pm, underwritten by Kaatsbaan and performed in the intimate 160-seat black box theater

Kaatsbaan's 153-acre complex houses three state-of-the-art dance studios and a black box theater with the same performance floor size as the Metropolitan Opera stage. The Dancers' Inn holds 32 guests, and the gatehouse offers more accommodations and a kitchen facility.

With a new executive director and a new phase of development, Katsbaan is firmly, yet gracefully, charging into the future with Sonja Kostich at the helm. To her new role, Kostich brings 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and five years as a codirector at OtherShore, a dance company she co-founded.

Kostich has a savvy business side as well, allowing for a poised, balanced approach to Kaatsbaan's new era of growth. She was recently a member of the programming team for city center dance programs, and she has acted as Finance Manager at Mark Morris Dance Group and as an analyst in Goldman Sachs' Finance Division.

Kaatsbaan is growing along with the Hudson Valley. As the population of arts and culture supporters expands, Kaatsbaan plans to match it with a new 500-seat theater, additional accommodations at the Dancers' Inn, and a lodge and dining hall complex. The historic 1895 Stanford White-designed "Music Barn" will be restored and adapted to house a visitors center, shops, and 10,000 square feet of exhibition space showcasing dance photography and visual arts.

Aside from the CoLab performance on August 31, this summer's programming at Kaatsbaan includes Nathan Griswold and Ana Maria Lucaciu's performance of "Slightly Off Stage" on June 1; LaneCo Arts on June 9; and Ballet Next on June 15 and 16. Kaatsbaan.org.

—Brian Turk

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