Creative Movement Workshop for Kids ages 9-12 with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co.
We invite you to join us at Fenimore Art Museum as we…..
• Step inside the magical artistry and mind of M.C. Escher
• Explore how he challenges what is real and what mystery may lie underneath
• Investigate how Escher interlocks different shapes only to transform them
• Allow creative movement to capture the fascinating wizardry of Escher
• Discover new possibilities
• AND DANCE!
This special FREE workshop for children ages 9-12 will be led by dancers from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company as they show participants artworks in our special exhibition, M. C. Escher: Infinite Variations, and then lead them in a series of creative movement exercises inspired by the artworks. Participants should wear comfortable sneakers and activewear.
ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY (ESDC) is a 32 year old not-for-profit arts organization located in NYS’s Capital Region. Celebrating its 30th season as resident company of The Egg, ESDC’s commitment to CREATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE and PARTNER remains in the forefront as it shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops, educational and community outreach. Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli has created over 100 dances since forming the company and ESDC’s collaborations and artistic projects serve as a conduit to bring together talented artists (both regional and national) from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers and musicians, poets and storytellers, videographers, photographers and physicists. Past commissions include new work for Albany Symphony Orchestra/Dogs of Desire, The Egg, Olana Partnership, Saratoga County Arts Council, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Museum and St Cecelia Orchestra.
M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations spans the Dutch artist’s entire career with more than 180 works from the private collection of Paul and Belinda Firos of Athens, Greece. Escher’s fascination with mathematical theory motivated him to produce imagery that constantly challenged notions of reality and its underlying structures. This comprehensive exhibition chronicles his journey as one of the world’s most recognized artists by presenting the full range of media in which he worked. Visitors will see many items which were originally part of the Escher Estate including woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and even a lithography stone. The exhibition displays some of his most iconic pieces including Day and Night, influenced by Moorish designs in Spain. Works like Day and Night featured interlocking forms and transformation on a surreal canvas. Visitors will also see the the fourteen foot long Metamorphosis. There’s also Ascending and Descending, a 1960 print of an impossible building with a staircase that mirrors a möbius strip. Aside from additional iconic images that made this artist famous, such as Drawing Hands, Waterfall, Eye, and Relativity, the collection features numerous seldom displayed prints including the Griffin of Borghese, Still Life and Street and the entire set of his mezzotints (8 in total), among numerous other works. The collection also includes one of the earliest and extremely rare large format drawings done by the artist.
Sponsored in part by Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation, The Clark Foundation, Nellie and Robert Gipson, Joseph and Carol Mahon, Mr. Tom Morgan and Ms. Erna J. Morgan McReynolds, NYCM Insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam, and Richland County Foundation.