Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21
On the exterior walls of Pendleton West
Based in Oakland, California, BANDALOOP is renowned for its vertical dance performances in settings ranging from skyscrapers and bridges to old city walls and heritage sites, indoor atriums, conventional theaters, and natural cliffs. Whether dancing on an urban heritage site or hanging off cliffs in the Yosemite National Park, the company brings an extraordinary sensitivity to the site, combining aesthetics with a deep love and respect for the natural and built environment. All the dancers in the company’s current roster have a modern dance background, and receive rigorous training in strength and aerial technique to master the company’s signature vertical dance style. "They turn gravity sideways, tweaking an immutable law of physics with the illusory powers of a magician," writes a Houston Chronicle critic.
This acclaimed and unique troupe will perform six times over the course of two days as a part of the Pendleton West celebration. Performances will feature live music performed by Wellesley music faculty. Additionally, BANDALOOP's rehearsals on the new Pendleton West music addition will be visible starting Tuesday and throughout the week to passers-by. Performances take place on the west and south walls of the new Pendleton West addition, best viewed from the Davis parking lot, the new Pendleton West Arts Courtyard, and from the windows of Jewett 218.
Please note: BANDALOOP's rehearsals on Wednesday, October 18 will be open for public viewing between 3:00 and 6:00 PM. Also, Sunday, October 22 is the rain date for BANDALOOP outdoor performances.
This residency is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. It is also generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, the Acheson Fund, and a Babson- Olin-Wellesley Presidential Innovation Grant.