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ICA Performs: Dance of the Ages

Devon Rainey, Jacob's Pillow 2018, photo by Christopher Duggan

ICA Miami is proud to present the Adam Weinert Dancers in Dance of the Ages. This is the inaugural commission by ICA Miami’s Culture Club membership group supporting LGBTQ+ representation in the arts.

Under the direction of Weinert, dancers will recreate a seminal 1938 ensemble work by Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, the first all-male dance company. For his presentation at ICA Miami, Weinert’s recreation focuses on Shawn’s experimental technique and his under-recognized contributions to LGBTQ history.

About Ted Shawn

A key figure in the development of modern dance, Ted Shawn is best known as the founder of Jacob’s Pillow, a performance center and school in Lenox, MA. In his time, Shawn and his dancers would perform “Tea Dances” attended primarily by the women of the local community. At these intimate parties, dancers served sandwiches before commencing a performance that combined ballet and movement with unabashed references to queer subculture. His choreography radically questioned traditional notions of masculinity that helped to legitimize dancing as a profession for men.

About Adam Weinert

Adam Weinert is a dancer, researcher, and choreographer based in Hudson NY. He began his training at The School of American Ballet and continued on to Vassar College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, where he earned a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of scholar André Lepecki. Adam has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Christopher Williams, and for six years served as the Artistic Associate to Jonah Bokaer. In addition to his performance work, Adam has been published in The New York Times, the Juilliard Journal, and as a featured profile in Time Out NY. He produced and choreographed two award-winning dance films screened nationally and abroad, and his performance works have toured to four continents including a number of non-traditional dance venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Britain Museum, and The Tate Modern Museum. He was named a “Dance Renedage” by Dance Magazine, awarded Presidential Distinction and Scholastic Distinction from the Juilliard School, and in 2008 received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography. Weinert is currently the co-founder of the Hudson Dance Collective and on Faculty at Vassar College.

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