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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.
A stunning musical that explores the significance of the African footprint on the Music & Dance of the Atlantic & Pacific Coasts of Colombia.
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.
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. 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.
For centuries, tales of Anansi, the clever trickster spider, have been spun a million different ways. But now Uzuri Dance Theater has woven humor, music and pure visual spectacle into a vibrant new telling like no other: Anansi the Spider: An African Folktale.
Thanks to imaginative costume design and an innovative use of black lights, this classic folktale from the Ashanti people literally glows with imagination. Laugh along with the fearless and sly arachnid as he uses jokes and brains to realize his goals. Live African percussion and traditional West African dance enrich his adventures at TADA! Theater in New York City.
The Astana Ballet Theater is a leader in the world of Kazakh ballet, and constantly strives to grow creatively, experimenting, and seeking new images, representations, and performance styles, and can always be counted on to bring joy to its audiences with new performances and shows.
The Government of Kazakhstan and DCINY are proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to the program.
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.
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.
Created especially for families with children ages 5-10, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.
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.
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.
Discotropic situates itself between the pragmatic and the fantastical while exploring the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics and the black American experience.
Reflecting on the role of black presence in sci-fi history, inspiration was drawn from 70's actor Diahann Carroll known for her part in the TV movie Star Wars Holiday Special. Cast by NBC at the behest of donors and audience members, who insisted that a black person appear on the show, Carroll appears only as a holographic fantasy—an illusion that distills the ways in which the black female body has been consumed in mass media: as alien, bodacious, and marginalized. Dominant science fiction narratives are rewritten through engagement with queer politics and Afrofuturism, claiming new imaginary territory rich in possibility.
In this one-time-only dance event, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company's past, present, and future will excavate their relationships to Graham and the underlying "movement forces" that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company.
Organized by Austrian choreographer and artist Michael Kliën, Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A. bypasses the institutionalized social structures of the Company to uncover new paths of organization and potential between its participants. The work utilizes strategies of social choreography developed in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, who has organized a complementary discursive component that will unfold alongside the performance in an adjacent studio.
Audiences are invited to explore the work for any length of time and are encouraged to move freely between the two spaces.
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.
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.
I Understand Everything Better is a deeply personal reflection on the consciousness of dying and narratives interrupted by a cataclysmic storm. Combining personal narratives, traditional Japanese Noh theater, along with work by collaborators Tei Blow and Sibyl Kempson, Neumann's virtuosic movement and humor reveals the shimmer of realms unseen, the concurrence of unrelated events and the body itself as evidence of a will having to let go.
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.
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, Peking Opera performers in dazzling costumes, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.
Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a by-gone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who's who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, the show is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Deaf West's Big River, Grease).
At the intersection of light, darkness and spatial depth lies Melbourne-based Helen Herbertson and Ben Cobham's Morphia Series, an intimate array of visual haikus, performed for an audience of 12. Inspired by Morpheus, son of Hypnos and the god of dreams, this exquisite intimate performance of light, sound and movement hovers in a phantasmal dream world.
Moscow Ballet performances overflow with beauty, tradition and delight for the entire family!
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.
Tschaikovsky's iconic score transports you to a world of wonder where mischievous mice are foiled by toy soldiers come to life, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals the enchanting Land of Sweets. This is "the mother of all Nutcrackers" (The New Yorker) — the version that originated a beloved American tradition.
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.
o' death is a multidisciplinary performance installation that impossibly and playfully attempts to prove that death does not exist and everything we have ever loved is not enough.
Built on a reflexive interaction between sound and movement, the performance comes alive amidst towering styrofoam sculptures and mechanical trees, giving sound a physical presence in movements, objects and lights. The piece is inspired by 1920s blues singer and brimstone pastor JM Gates' songs such as "O' Death, Where is Thy Sting?"
"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.
Panopticon is a duet that is simultaneously a solo and a work for 100 dancers. Through reflections and multiplications using mirrors and video, a kaleidoscopic arena of bodies is created, obscuring the divide between individual and object.
Inspired by the architectural concept of the panopticon, a structure in which everything is seen at all times, this performance aims to achieve omniscient visibility.
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.
Pilobolus' Shadowland is an euphoric mix of shadow-theater, dance, circus, and rock concert. The surreal and gripping story of a girl's coming of age takes audiences on an eye-popping thrill ride, and features a world-premiere finale that plays tribute to New York City.
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.
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.
Standard Time is an action-packed and gravity-defying celebration of love's power to defy the endless cycle of prejudice in modern society. Showcasing Mark Stuart Dance Theatre's explosive brand of movement and storytelling, Standard Time follows three separate, period-specific love stories set against the backdrops of the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and today's fast evolving acceptance of Gay Rights. Danced to live music, the new dance musical features 12 dancers, 4 vocalists, and a 7-piece orchestra.
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.
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.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Yorkville Nutcracker, set in 1895, which includes lavish sets and costumes and takes the audience on a tour through Olde New York's most beloved landmarks, in-cluding a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. The Yorkville Nutcracker provides an opportunity for young danc-ers to dance alongside professional artists. This year, Abi Stafford and Adrian Danchig-Waring, both Principal Dancers with New York City Ballet, return as the Sugar Plum and Cavalier. Other dancers in-clude John-Mark Owen and Julie Voshell dancing the Arabian Divertissement and Matthew Dibble, Justin Peck, Therese Wendler and Nadezhda Vostrikov alternating as the Snow King and Queen.