New Work for Goldberg Variations

Co-Conceived by Simone Dinnerstein & Pam Tanowitz
Choreography by Pam Tanowitz
Lighting/Scenic Decor by Davison Scandrett
Costume Design by Reid & Harriet
Laurie Benoit, Stage Manager


Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
7 dancers

Maggie Cloud
Jason Collins
Christine Flores
Lindsey Jones
Maile Okamura
Melissa Toogood
Netta Yerushalmy

Sienna Blaw (Understudy)


American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her 2007 Telarc recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

The four solo albums Dinnerstein has released since then have also topped the classical charts. Of her latest recording of Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias, The New York Times raved, “ these ‘Inventions and Sinfonias,’ too often relegated to the teaching studio, it is the specific motion she gives each piece — as if every contrapuntal line had a physiognomy of its own — that makes this recording so arresting.” In spring 2013, Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt released an album together on Sony called Night, a unique collaboration uniting classical, folk, and rock worlds.

Since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2005, Dinnerstein’s performances have taken her around the world to renowned venues and festivals, and she has performed with the world’s leading symphonies. Dinnerstein has also played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. In 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools, which raises funds for the schools.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio.

“If you only have 1 hour, 18 minutes: Listen to pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Telarc), a timeless, meditative, utterly audacious solo debut.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Dinnerstein is a musician’s musician, one of those whose interpretations can be listened to over and over, always sounding fresh, each time hearing more detail... her way of playing gives lasting satisfaction.”
The Seattle Times


Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000, and has received commissions and residencies at The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape Festival, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process program, Vail International Dance Festival, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. Most recently the company performed on the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and the Chicago Dancing Festival.

Tanowitz received the 2016 Juried Bessie Award, as well as a 2009 Bessie Award for the dance, Be in the Gray With Me, at Dance Theater Workshop. She was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 and a 2013-2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has set work on The Juilliard School, New York Theater Ballet, and Saint Louis Ballet. Additional awards include two Joyce Theater Residency Grants; a grant from the Jerome Robbins Foundation; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award; and a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant.

Tanowitz holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber-Slayton.

2013 - The Spectators
2014 - Heaven on One's Head
2015 - Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy)

“Some of the dance steps, phrases and constructions by the choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today.
They feature memorable footwork, strikingly elegant and witty
combinations of lower- and upperbody movement, and complex, subtle, fascinating uses of stage space.”
— The New York Times

“[Pam Tanowitz creates] sharp, off-kilter energy, strange skewed beauty.”
— Dance Magazine


Davison Scandrett, Lighting & Visual Design

Davison Scandrett is a Bessie Award-winning lighting designer based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to the 11 premieres he has designed for Pam Tanowitz since they began their collaboration in 2013 he has created lighting for works by Merce Cunningham, Sarah Michelson, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Charles Atlas, Andrew Ondrejcak, Rebecca Lazier, and the Off-Broadway productions of Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God for Jokes and Neal Brennan’s 3 Mics. Production management credits include projects with Wendy Whelan, Marina Abramovic, Benjamin Millepied, Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Jennifer Monson, Steve Reich, Stephin Meritt, Shara Nova, Igor Levitt, Brooklyn Rider, So Percussion, Ensemble Singnal, BalletBoyz, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Paris Opera Ballet. He served as Director of Production for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2008-2012 and is currently the Design and Production Consultant for the Merce Cunningham Trust.


Reid & Harriet Design, Costume Designers

Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung founded Reid & Harriet Design in the fall of 2011. Prior to meeting at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Reid spent 10 years working as a dancer and Harriet studied visual arts and completed a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Collaboratively, they have designed costumes for Justin Peck, Pam Tanowitz, Kyle Abraham, Pontus Lidberg, and Trey McIntyre, among others. They have costumed dozens of productions for companies including American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Malpaso Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Along with Justin Peck, they are featured in the documentary Ballet 422.


Laurie Benoit, Stage Manager

Laurie Benoit holds degrees in dance from Connecticut College and Sarah Lawrence College. Beginning her career as a performer and choreographer, she now works in a variety of positions across the arts.  She serves as administrative assistant for a visual artist and manages youth projects with Camp Broadway.  Laurie supports her beloved dance world as a stage manager, production manager, and occasional lighting designer.

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Sienna Blaw, understudy

Sienna Blaw is originally from Austin, Texas. She studied at SUNY Purchase and Korea National University of Arts and graduated this year with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. While at school, Sienna had the opportunity to perform works by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Doug Varone, among others. Sienna is currently a freelance dance artist in New York City and is very excited to be working with Pam Tanowitz Dance for this project.

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Maggie Cloud grew up in Sarasota, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. She has most recently been involved in the work of Moriah Evans, Beth Gill, Neal Medlyn, John Jasperse, Pam Tanowitz, and Gillian Walsh. Maggie has taught at Chen Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute.

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Jason Collins, Performer, Company Manager

Jason Collins is originally from Defreestville, New York and currently works with Pam Tanowitz Dance and The Metropolitan Opera. Recent credits include projects with Dylan Crossman, Ryan McNamara, David Parker, Josh Prince, and Danielle Russo. Jason studied at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and holds a BFA from The Juilliard School. Additionally, Jason is cofounder of HEWMAN, Company Manager of Pam Tanowitz Dance, and an Associate Producer for Big Dance Theater.


Christine Flores, Performer

Christine Flores is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She received her BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2015 and has worked with Peter Chu, Caleb Teicher, Emma Portner, Isodoc Dance, and Tania Perez Salas Dance Company (Mexico). Christine is thrilled to be working with Pam Tanowitz Dance.

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Lindsey Jones, Performer

Lindsey Jones is originally from St. Louis and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase. She has most recently appeared with Dance Heginbotham, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Caleb Teicher & Co., Sally Silvers and Dancers, and Jonathan Allen. Lindsey has danced with Pam Tanowitz Dance since 2013.

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Maile Okamura, Performer

Maile Okamura studied with Lynda Yourth in San Diego, CA, and at the San Francisco Ballet School. She was a member of Boston Ballet II and Ballet Arizona. From 2001-2015, Maile was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group. This is her first project with PTD.

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Melissa Toogood, Performer, Rehearsal Director

Melissa Toogood is a Bessie Award-winning performer. A member of Pam Tanowitz Dance since 2006, she also serves as Rehearsal Director, and Assistant to the Choreographer on many projects. Melissa was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007 and is a 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. She has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Kimberly Bartosik, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Miro Dance Theater, Stephen Petronio Company, Sally Silvers, Christopher Williams, The Bang Group:Tap Lab, and others.

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Netta Yerushalmy, Performer

Netta Yerushalmy is a choreographer and performer based in NYC. She was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, as well Jerome Robbins Bogliasco, NYFA, and Six Points fellowships. Her work has been supported and presented by American Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, La Mama, Danspace Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Curtain-Up (Tel-Aviv), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Baryshnikov Arts Center, Watermill Center, and Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). She was awarded a National Dance Project production award for her current project, Paramodernities, which will premiere at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2018. Netta danced with Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007-2012, and with Joana Kotze 2009-present. She has also performed with Nancy Bannon, Mark Jarecki, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Karinne Keithley, and others. She is thrilled to be dancing Goldberg with PTD.