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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.
Succumb to an awe-inspiring experience that stimulates all of your senses. AcousticaElectronica blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts, and immersive theater with the infectious energy of a nightclub to bring you an evening you won't encounter elsewhere. 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.
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.
Behind the Wall is a performance piece based on Joyce's relationship with her autistic brother, Clarence. Both playful and dramatic, the story is told through a fusion of post modern and Asian - mostly Filipino & Japanese culture, dance, movement and music.
Previously presented in Las Vegas, D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago, this dramatic one-woman biographical theater piece by Melissa Ritz (including 17 hits from the Swing era), tells the true heart-wrenching story of Ina Ray Hutton, an underrated and often overlooked female pioneer in the Big Band era, who struggled to climb the entertainment ladder under the scrutiny of both male chauvinism and racism. Hutton is long rumored to have been purposefully passing for Caucasian in order to bypass hurdles that would have come about if her African-American heritage had been discovered. Ritz undertook years of intense research of Hutton's 30-year career to create Bombshell of Rhythm, including news archives, genealogy records, and interviews with those who worked with Hutton and many of her relatives.
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.
Bessie Award and Doris Duke Artist Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown and the women of Camille A. Brown & Dancers present the world premiere of Black Girl: Linguistic Play, a work revealing the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban America. Live music with collaborators Tracy Wormworth and Scott Patterson encompass the rhythmic play of African-American rooted steppin', Double Dutch, and Juba. The company will also perform New Second Line, which celebrates the spirit of New Orleans. Each performance culminates with a third-act dialogue, allowing audiences to engage with the artists on stage.
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.
Dawsondancesf returns to the Nagelberg this fall with the Triptych Dent-Drop-Bend, a journey that explores the fantastic athleticism of Dawson's artistry. The composition brings together dance and visuals. Each movement is a testament to the company's mission of breaking down the barriers placed on classical technique, reinventing movement and space.
Ballet Russe gems are reimagined exploring feminism, trans issues, abuse and primal sensuality. Pulcinella's frolic invoking Le Spectre de la Rose-ball goers lose all inhibition, Scheherezade-the harem dies for freedom, Firebird-challenges societal mating rituals, and more!
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.
During the heated Cuban revolution of the 1960's, two young men find friendship in a UMAP Prison camp. Tough choices are challenged by sex, faith, and culture. Dreams and nightmares come alive in a play with music, dance, and passion.
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.
"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.
In its second season at BAM, Satellite Collective seeks to secure its role as a leading voice of interdisciplinary art in New York City. Created specifically for the Fishman Space, Satellite Collective's September performances will employ the collaborative visions of 29 artists from across the nation. The evening will premiere post-classical music by four composers, ballet and modern dance works by three choreographers, a new animated set, two new short films, and a spoken work.
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.
Channeling fluid movements of a fetus in an amniotic sac, aging, an installation of hundreds of flowers, a spiritual burial, and a symbolic rebirth. Ms. Green has thread together segments from her body of solo works creating a life cycle journey.
A warm breeze from Okinawa opens the season with traditional dance from Japan's southern islands. A group of leading dancers and musicians, who are also alumni and faculty members of the prestigious Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, perform refined court dances developed during the period when Okinawa was an independent kingdom (Ryukyu Kingdom, 15th-19th centuries), and playful folk dances (zo odori) that became popular after the end of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A stunning array of works depicting idyllic life on the islands, accompanied by seven musicians including instrumentalists and chanters, takes audiences on a trip through the rich history and culture of the archipelago.
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.