The Ringling’s New Stages 2015: Re-Imagined brings the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre to the Historic Asolo Theatre this Friday and Saturday evening for a performance of Týnek’s original piece, Camera Illuminata.

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Ned Sturgis and John Eirich. Photography by Tom Caravaglia.


“The arts are interconnected,” Týnek says, “Every artist is inspired by something or someone else. [You must] look at history and reinvent it: that’s the inspiration for Camera Illuminata.” Týnek explains that his solo and duet dances reshape an artist’s original two-dimensional interpretation of a three-dimensional scene into the fourth dimension (“Because there is also time [with dance],” he says).

Five of the dances are inspired by master artists like Carravagio, Degas and Schiele, with the Turrell Skyspace at The Ringling inspiring a sixth. “It’s an exciting new piece,” he says. “It’s different because it’s a light installation about space and configuration [that uses] four dancers.”

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Ann Chiaverini. Photography by Tom Caravaglia.


Týnek says he has always been interested in the natural world—biology, nature, space—and so incorporates scientific theories and mathematical concepts into his choreography. He and his company are internationally known for blending such [perceived] contradictions as the arts and science and the classical and modern. He founded the eight-member company, consisting of four men and four women, in New York City in 2003, though he’s been dancing and choreographing since college. While this isn’t the first iteration of Camera Illuminata—the last having been showcased in 2004—he says, “[this performance] has a new cast, new music and a new space, [making it] an entirely new production.”

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. showings on both Friday and Saturday are available at the Historic Asolo box office, by calling (941) 360-7399, or online here. Cost is $20-$30, or $10 with a college ID.

To see the upcoming New Stages 2015: Re-Imagined exhibitions, go here.

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