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2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham is a Princess Grace and Bessie Award-winning choreographer whose work is often characterized by a sensual and provocative movement vocabulary combined with a strong emphasis on sound. This season celebrates that love of sound by treating Joyce audiences to the company's first ever live music program. Highlighting the program—The Gettin', featuring music by Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Robert Glasper and his trio, who reimagine Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, and the New York premiere of Absent Matter, a new work created in collaboration with Blue Note recording artist Otis Brown III, multimedia artist Tahir Hemphill, and costume designer Karen Young.
Due to popular demand, ToUch Performance Art will extend their immersive theater experience: AcousticaElectronica through December. ToUch continues their electricity after a successful summer at DROM followed after a four-year Boston run at Club Oberon with the American Repertory Theater. Powered by the energy of a contemporary nightclub, AcousticaElectronica is a mind-blowing event that blends electronic and classical music, hip-hop and ballet, aerials and opera to create an infectious evening. Succumb to this awe-inspiring experience as world-class DJs guide you through a night unlike any other. Don't believe us? Come feel for yourself.
Under the artistic direction of Murray Louis and Alberto del Saz, the work of Alwin Nikolais comes back to The Joyce for the first time since the 2010 worldwide centennial celebration of this master choreographer. "A true dance luminary, a choreographer, designer, composer of electronic music and a pioneer of multi-media dance" (The New York Times), Nikolais will be honored with a program performed by The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company that will include Tensile Involvement (1955), Gallery (1978), Mechanical Organ III (1983), and Crucible (1985), some of the most renowned works that he created during his long and successful career.
Founded by Producing Artistic Director Nikki Feirt Atkins, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, a living archive of musical theater dance, played to enthusiastic audiences when the production appeared at The Joyce in November 2014. For a return engagement this fall, ADM21 will again reconstruct original choreography from revered musicals for an enchanting new program filled with live music and special guest stars.
The Joyce Theater is proud to launch its first American Dance Platform, showcasing some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year's festival features companies representing different regions throughout America and pairs emerging companies with those that are more established. On the roster—Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Northwest Dance Project, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and four additional companies to be announced. The festival is curated by Paul King and Walter Jaffe, the founders and directors of White Bird, the acclaimed dance presentation series based in Portland, Oregon.
"Rapturous and profound," says The New York Times about Aparna Ramaswamy, the Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer who makes her Joyce debut with They Rose at Dawn. In this solo work, women are depicted as carriers of ritual who navigate inner and outer worlds as they invoke a sense of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. A stellar Carnatic musical ensemble accompanies Ramaswamy as she explores the spontaneous interplay between music and movement and the dynamic contours created by the artists onstage.
The Architecture of Proximity combines elements of post-modern dance, voguing, gestural, and impulse generated movement. It is an immersive dance work that explores the relationship between architectural spaces and their physical and psychological effects on the body. The work examines what happens when the proximity between audience and performer is erased and investigates how boundaries and borders define a sense of "ownership" of self and space. Zullo uses the collected essays in Space & Psyche, edited by Elizabeth Danze and Stephen Sonnenberg from the Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin, to further consider how spaces effect the body both physically and psychologically. Composer David Engelhard creates an original and interactive sound score that responds to the performers' choices.
Amalia Hernández is one of the most relevant and celebrated choreographers of the last century. She was inspired by the essence of Mexican folklore and recreated choreography using various techniques from modern and classical dance. Her creations were then brought to the stage with amazing results. The artistic creativity of Amalia Hernández materialized in the establishment of Ballet Folklórico de México, and the subsequent creation of a dance school for the training of professional dancers. Over six decades, the Ballet has represented Mexico on some of the world's most renowned stages. It has reached great audiences –both Mexican and foreign alike—and stimulated millions both emotionally and intellectually.
"The ache and darkness…put onstage was more than a dance, it was an echo of human experience," declared The Washington Post about Ballet Memphis who, pairing innovation with raw emotion in every stunning step, delivers a new vibrancy to the dance stage. This mixed repertory program features contemporary works grounded in the classical aesthetic that the company has presented so exquisitely on stages around the world. It includes Matthew Neenan's The Darting Eyes and Julia Adam's Devil's Fruit, commissioned works from the company's lauded River Project series that usher in with realness and grace Ballet Memphis' commitment to creating distinctly American dance.
Under the direction of former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn OBE and William Trevitt OBE, the all-male, contemporary dance ensemble BalletBoyz "encourages dancers, inspires audiences, thinks with flair and ingenuity" (Financial Times), and sells out houses around the world. The troupe arrives at The Joyce with the New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Mesmerics, a Joyce co-commission, and The Murmuring, a new work commissioned from Alexander Whitley, former affiliate choreographer of The Royal Ballet and currently a New Wave Associate at Sadler's Wells.
Acclaimed New York City Ballet choreographer Troy Schumacher brings artists at the forefront of their genres together to collaborate closely as equals as they create new, ballet-based works. The result is a series of thrilling, inventive pieces certified "mint-fresh" and "seriously experimental" by The New York Times. BalletCollective provides audiences the rare chance to experience NYCB dancers up close in works tailor-made for them featuring live music performed by the ensemble Hotel Elefant.
"Its immediate visceral and kinetic impact mostly makes you want to jump onstage and dance," proclaimed The New York Times about the original Decadance, created in 2000 by Batsheva Dance Company's acclaimed artistic director Ohad Naharin. For their Joyce debut, the talented young dancers of the Batsheva Ensemble perform an ever-changing Decadance in which, once again, Naharin combines excerpts from previous works into a seventy minute evening set to music ranging from the Beach Boys to Vivaldi.
This year's lineup includes Step Afrika! featuring stepping dancers led by the artistic director Mfoniso Akpan, Nai-Ni Chin Dance Company performing a Lunar New Year Celebration, and Moscow Festival Ballet's Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite. These companies reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity to which Brooklyn Center is dedicated.
Join the extraordinary artists of Company XIV as they entertain you with their latest sensual and erotic world premiere production, Cinderella, a dazzling new creation based on the baroque fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Sip a libation whilst you experience a thrilling fusion of nightlife and theatre, featuring XIV's unique blend of live opera, circus, burlesque, vaudeville, baroque dance and sumptuous design.
Complexions makes it "sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state" (Dance Magazine). Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. For its Joyce season, the company performs the world premiere of an evening-length work by Rhoden—a provocative romance exploring dark desires, beauty, dominance, obsession and control, all set to an eclectic musical mash-up ranging from Tchaikovsky and bebop to rap and trance. Also on tap: a world premiere set to Metallica; a work about unrequited love set to Bach; and the debut of the company's Icon Series, honoring Maya Angelou and featuring a performance by Desmond Richardson and a special guest.
Combining classic and contemporary dance that is strongly influenced by her African heritage, Johannesburg-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo creates explosive, passionate work. Her reimagining of Swan Lake is no exception as the dancers are not only propelled by Tchaikovsky but also by Steve Reich as they turn the classic Swan Lake on its head to tackle issues of gender and homophobia in a country ravaged by AIDS.
Dance Heginbotham has been celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration. Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer John Heginbotham's work is known for its "tight formal structure and inventive movement, bolstered by a disarming wit and strangeness" (The New Yorker). The company's Joyce debut includes the New York premiere of Easy Win, featuring a commissioned score by pianist Ethan Iverson, performed live by the composer.
Acclaimed by The New York Times for possessing "a beauty of line and a spacious grace," American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Daniil Simkin is joined by equally exceptional artists for Intensio.
As part of the CUNY Dance Initiative this amazingly inventive all-female Hip-Hop dance troupe presents a sneak preview of their latest work A Hollywood Classic re-imagining iconic dance numbers from the golden age of the movie musical. A Hollywood Classic pays tribute to dance on film pioneers Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Busby Berkeley and more as legendary movie musical numbers are translated through the contemporary lens of explosive, hip hop choreography. Set to timeless musical tracks, A Hollywood Classic brings to the stage a romance on the dance floor of Hollywood proportions.
Described by The New York Times as "excellent, inventive, impressive," Gallim Dance is known for its ambitious multidisciplinary works. This world premiere will be no exception when the company performs a full-evening piece created by Artistic Director and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Andrea Miller in collaboration with her acclaimed dancers. Marking the first time Gallim Dance has been accompanied by live music, the work addresses themes of love, sex, and domesticity while displaying Gallim's virtuosic physicality and uncanny narrative structure.
The Fagan aesthetic—"balletic rigor and precision in conjunction with a desultory looseness of body and unbridled bursts of energy" (The New York Times)—is on display when the company returns to The Joyce with a terrific program of new pieces by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell and some of Fagan's best work throughout the years: Passion Distanced, from 1987; No Evidence of Failure, from 2013; and Mudan from 2009, "quite possibly one of the finest works Mr. Fagan has created." The New York Times
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Heidi Latsky Dance and Axis Dance Company will perform together to create an unprecedented evening of innovative dance.
An Off Off Broadway Show in which an interactive Cast of incredible Talent will motivate you to MOVE as you combine your Workout Time with your Party time led by fitness Guru and recording artist Marina Kamen AKA MARINA.
To commemorate the Limón Dance Company's 70th anniversary season, the José Limón Dance Foundation presents an International Dance Festival showcasing the variety and depth of this master choreographer's humanistic vision. The programs promise to be glorious as Limón dancers, guest artists from acclaimed companies like the Royal Danish Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet, and dancers from among the world's finest education programs like The Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Taipei join forces to bring Limón's magnificent artistry to life in such signature pieces as Missa Brevis, Orfeo, and The Moor's Pavane.
The company takes the Joyce stage with a program that captures Artistic Director Larry Keigwin's electrifying brand of dance, displaying why his works have been called "intricate, neat, rapturous" (The New York Times). In the New York premiere of Panic, Keigwin performs his first solo in over a decade, set to an original score by composer Glen Fittin. Keigwin also debuts his curatorial prowess with the world premieres of the company's first commissioned works by two young choreographic stars, Loni Landon and Adam Barruch, while K+C's powerhouse dancers explore a fusion of the pedestrian and virtuosic in the acclaimed Sidewalk, a 2009 piece set to Steve Reich's Double Sextet.
Trailblazing Irish dancer Michael Flatley, making his long-awaited Broadway debut in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, is the creator of the internationally-recognizable brand Lord of the Dance which singlehandedly brought Irish Dance to a global audience with productions in countless countries around the world for over two decades.
New York Theatre Ballet returns to Danspace Project with its highly acclaimed Legends & Visionaries program. With its ever-expanding repertory, NYTB's cutting edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up and coming choreographers.
New York Theatre Ballet announces the 2015-16 season, which will include repertory performances at Schimmel Center at Pace University (September 19-20, 2015), Danspace Project (October 1-3, 2015), and New York Live Arts (February 24-27, 2016). NYTB maintains its association with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and the Company's Once Upon A Ballet series for children will continue at Florence Gould Hall throughout the year. NYTB also continues to offer its Free Ticket Program for families who are unable to afford to attend performances.
Nutcracker Rouge is a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair - a Baroque-Burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design. Immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment that includes opera performed by Shelly Watson. The show contains partial nudity - no one under 16 will be admitted.
"Some of the dance steps, phrases and constructions by choreographer Pam Tanowitz are among the finest being made anywhere today," declared The New York Times about Heaven on One's Head when the work premiered at The Joyce in 2014. A 2009 Bessie Award winner and a "clear sighted modernist" (The New Yorker), Tanowitz brings Heaven back to The Joyce along with a Joyce-commissioned world premiere, an abstract love letter to romantic ballets set to a new electronic score by Dan Siegler. The evening features live music by the FLUX Quartet and displays Tanowitz's distinct vision for reimagining classical ballet vocabulary in an ultra-post-modern framework.
Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce with its blend of sexy athleticism and stunning ensemble work for the New York premiere of Finding Center, David Parsons' collaboration with Kansas City-based visual artist Rita Blitt. Also on the program: a world premiere by Katarzyna Skarpetowska exploring the connection of an eastern European childhood juxtaposed with the urban folklore of adolescence in NYC, and Caught, the stroboscopic masterwork that continues to wow audiences around the world. Four family friendly matinees will feature repertory for dance fans of all ages and a special opportunity to meet the dancers. "This is a 'dance your heart out' (at all times, no excuses) kind of enterprise." The New York Times
After sold-out performances throughout Europe and Asia, Pilobolus's Shadowland makes its North American Premiere at NYU Skirball. Pilobolus's Shadowland is a mix of shadow theater, dance, circus, and concert, incorporating multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create a performance that merges projected images with front-of-screen choreography. Shadowland was the first show of its kind to combine shadow theater with dance and has since inspired many similar productions around the world.
The world premiere of Levi Gonzalez's newest work, product fail (working title) is a movement-based work for three dancers and one choreographer/director.
Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an evening-length work by the Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer Lionel Popkin performed to a live score created by avant-garde accordionist Guy Klucevsek with Sara Parkins on violin.
Viktória Dányi, Csaba Molnár and Zsófia Tamara Vadas' Skin Me is loaded with political metaphor, irony, and a refreshing self-awareness.
Company XIV's erotic Snow White, inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of the beloved fairy tale, blends circus, opera, dance, theatre and lavish design. Dark, dangerous and decadent.
This highly conceptual multimedia dance/theater work transports audiences back and forth between a seemingly quotidian space and an outlandish world. Inspired by a series of workshops with students from a school for the deaf in Tokyo, Spectator unveils non-narrative stories of tender emotion, woven through director/choreographer Shuji Onodera's original movement vocabulary coupled with video imagery, projected text, an intimate apartment room stage set and slapstick humor. The cast includes Naoya Oda from the celebrated butoh company Dairakudakan along with Maki Yamada and Mai Nagumo, two participants from Onodera's initial workshops for deaf students.
In Still Standing You, Belgian-Portuguese duo Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido use their bodies as instruments, exploring the lines between masculine play, tenderness, slapstick, and violence in this internationally acclaimed performance art/dance work.
Physical theater virtuoso James Thierrée (Raoul, 2010 Next Wave; Au Revoir Parapluie, 2007 Next Wave) is a limber-limbed despot lording over a cockeyed band of subordinates in this smoke-and-mirror filled "choreodrama," which pushes his inimitable craft firmly into the territory of dance-theater. Below a sprawling steel trellis slung with tarnished glass, Thierrée glides with impeccable gestural control through a steampunk dystopia filled with I-beams, overwrought machinery, tasseled lamps, and deconstructed pianos. At his charismatic bidding, the nine contorting virtuosos of Compagnie du Hanneton crawl, climb, and quite literally bend to Thierrée's will in this wordless evocation of absolute power levied by a lithe tyrant king.
Abrons' Travelogues dance series, curated by Laurie Uprichard.
Hot off their world tour, Untapped! (New Vic 2011) deftly defies tap conventions for a dance expression that's all its own. Mixing street dance styles, percussion and a healthy dose of Aussie humor, these high-octane hoofers bring intricate syncopation to a playlist of funk, hip hop, jazz and rock. Joined by a beatboxer and a live band, this charismatic crew will have you tapping along to this raucous reinvention of rhythm.