92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

Todays Date: 07/01/22
Last Update: 02/02/07 03:39:09 PM
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Renata Celichowska, Director

In 1935, what is now the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center provided a home to the fledgling modern dance movement and its leader, Martha Graham. Among the great artists who have created, performed and taught at the Y are Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Erick Hawkins, Robert Joffrey, Pearl Lang, and Donald McKayle, building the foundation for contemporary dance as we know it. In recent years, they have been joined by today’s dance stars, like David Parsons, Zvi Gotheiner, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Bill T. Young, Maia Claire Garrison, David Dorfman and Sean Curran. With the generous support of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Center continues to nurture the teaching, creation and performance of modern dance, serving adults, children and dance professionals through classes, professional development programs like the 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory and performance programs like the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Y’s annual showcase for contemporary dance. The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center is part of the Y’s arts-education division, the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/dance.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival  | Open: 02/21/07 Close: 02/25/07
Porter's work is as much about language and the techniques of dramatic theater as it is about dance. She is interested in the interaction of words and movement, and her pieces are not so much a pairing as a collaboration of the two; sometimes she choreographs to the rhythms of spoken language and other times she finds words that amplify the gesture she's already created. "[Choreographing is] always a challenge," Porter says. "If I think of the words as movement, and choreograph that movement, it's more fun."