Samantha Geracht NAMED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, the only New York modern dance company dedicated to the works of the late Anna Sokolow, has undergone a change in artistic directorship to a new generation of dancers with deep experience in the work of the iconoclastic choreographer.
Artistic Director Jim May, who inherited the Sokolow repertory in 2000 upon the choreographer’s passing, has announced the company’s artistic direction has been entrusted to long-time Sokolow dancer Samantha Geracht.
May, whose career with Sokolow spanned over 35 years, will retain the title of director, but stressed in his announcement that significant autonomy has been granted to Geracht and several veteran dancers in the company who will be directing and reconstructing works from Sokolow’s vast and varied collection of works.
“Samantha joined Anna’s company in 1992 and has been my teaching assistant for all these years,” said May. “She likes the challenges. She loves dance, and she has such a respect for Anna’s work.”
Company members Eleanor Bunker, Lauren Naslund, Francesca Todesco, and Luis Gabriel Zaragoza form the core of dancers with long experience performing the Sokolow repertory. In addition to directing assignments from Geracht they will assist in educating and training a new generation of dancers in the approach to modern dance originated by Anna Sokolow, a hybrid of theater, dance, and behavior that has influenced numerous later choreographers, including Pina Bausch.
The company recently began rehearsals with a corps of 14 dancers for a concert on March 8-11 2018 at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn. For more information about Anna Sokolow and the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, and to stay current with the company visit their website at www.sokolowtheatredance.org