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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.