White Oak Dance Project

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Dance company founded in 1990 by Mikhail Baryshnikov in collaboration with Mark Morris. Led by Baryshnikov it drew on a pool of mature, independent dancers from a wide range of backgrounds, including Jamie Bishton (ex-Tharp company), Rob Besserer (ex-Morris company), and Patricia Lent (ex-Cunningham company). During its first year it performed only Morris's choreography, but then added new works by Taylor, Tharp, Robbins, Lubovitch, Reitz, G. Murphy, and others, and revived works by Graham, Holm, Dudley, M. Monk, Limón, and Cunningham, among others. With a base at the White Oak Plantation wild life reserve, it toured internationally and in the US. It closed in 2002 to allow the Baryshnikov Foundation to focus its resources on the founding of a New York-based arts centre in 2005.

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