Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company performed The Summertime Suite during its debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in July 2012. This footage is from July 2015 when the Company was presented by Bryant Park Presents and ITE (Inception to Exhibition) in their Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance Series in Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City.
This suite of dances choreographed by Daniel Gwirtzman, held together by a narrative arc and a range of popular music, contains a few of the numbers from its hit-show Encore (which premiered in 2007), but has been re-contextualized to exist outside the script of that show. It is a stand-alone piece that grows from a solo, to a duet, to another solo, to three ensemble pieces for a cast of twelve. The story follows a girl who is spending her first summer away from her home.
Tisket—A solo set to a different version of the well-known A-Tisket, A-Tasket; performed by Stacy Martorana
Ain't She Sweet—A brief duet set to the 1920s hit; performed by Daniel Gwirtzman and Anna Schon
Character—A signature solo from Encore, Character, choreographed in 2005, depicts the complex emotions of an entertainer, the attraction to and separation from an audience, questioning the boundaries between performing and not performing. Performed and choreographed by Company director Daniel Gwirtzman.
The last three dances were choreographed over a period of years. The first section was the first, in 2006 and is part of the finale of Encore. The second was commissioned by the Broadway foundation DanceBreak and premiered in 2010. The last was commissioned by Nazareth College's Summer Dance Festival and premiered in 2011.
In The Good Old Summertime
In The Summertime
Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer
Ensemble: Jules Bakshi, Oren Barnoy, Derek Crescenti, Jaiva Crawford, Jeff Davis, Daniel Gwirtzman, Justin Keats, Stacy Martorana, Simon Phillips, Aslan Rolston, Anna Schön, and Simone Stevens.