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Dance/NYC announces that registration for the Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium is now open, available at https://dancenyc.z2systems.com/np/clients/dancenyc/eventRegistration.jsp?event=553&. The Symposium will take place virtually from Wednesday, March 17 - Saturday, March 20, 2021. As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium is an opportunity for the dance field to exchange ideas, expand networks, sharpen organizational practices, and deepen the inquiry around New York City's legacy and trajectory of dance-making.

 

This year's theme is Justice. Transformation. Education. and will invite participants to reimagine the dance ecology with emphasis on advancing justice, civic engagement, and the whole dance worker, in the context of the global health crisis and social justice uprisings of 2020. Held this year as a fully digital experience on the Whova digital platform, the Symposium will include panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking sessions, a virtual expo hall and sponsorship opportunities. Short daily 'Dance Breaks' will be programmed with facilitators including DHQ (Dancehall Queen) Brat and Krishna Washburn. Sessions will include ASL interpretation and closed captions. 

 

2021 Digital Symposium Sessions:

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 

Dance/NYC's 2021 Symposium will offer content tracks in alignment with its theme Justice. Transformation. Education. Sessions and speakers will be announced on a rolling basis with the Justice Track aimed at rooting out oppressive practices and historic marginalization, the Transformation Track aimed at inspiring change at the individual, organizational and field-wide level, and the Education Track aimed at providing business of dance and dance education tools. Sessions in the Justice Track include:

 

Keynote: A Reckoning of Power, Accountability and Gender Equitymoderated by Lauren Wingenroth, Editor in Chief, Dance Teacher and Dance Business Weekly, Senior Consulting Editor, Dance Magazine with speakers Lady Krow, Dancer and Visual Artist, Germaul Barnes, Choreographer, Director of Viewsic Dance, Curator of Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, and Linda LaBeija, Artistic Activist, Transgender Advocate, Performance Poet.

 

Streets, Dance Halls and Living Rooms: Social Dance in Form, Function and Practice moderated by Rodney Lopez, Principal, Rodney Eric Lopez Enterprises. Speakers include Michael Manswell, Choreographer and Teaching Artist, Something Positive, Inc., Nicole Macotsis, Dancer, Public Folklorist and Founder of Traditions in Motion, and Joti Singh, Artistic Director, Duniya Dance and Drum Company.

 

Negotiations of Power in Commercial Cultural Practice moderated by Nelida Tirado, Artistic Director & Teacher of Nelida Tirado Flamenco. Each track will be accompanied by a thematic guide to be included in the program book curated by leading dance practitioners. These guides will feature essays, resource lists with related media, and reflection prompts providing deeper pathways to explore the Symposium topics. 2021 Thematic Guide Curators include Maura Donohue (Education) and Jonathan Gonzalez (Justice).

 

Visit Dance.NYC/DanceSymp to get information about Registration, Sponsorship, Ads, Group Tickets, Sessions and Speakers. Promotional materials and toolkit can be found at bit.ly/2021SympPromo.

 

About Dance/NYC

Dance/NYC's mission to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds core values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of its programs and operations.

 

The service organization Dance/NYC is pleased to announce the Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 17 - Saturday, March, 20, 2021 and will be fully digital. As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium is a meeting place for the dance field to exchange ideas, expand networks, sharpen organizational practices, and deepen the inquiry around New York City's legacy and trajectory of dance-making. Save the date! Registration opens December 2020 at https://www.dance.nyc/programs/dancenyc-events/dancesymp/overview.

 

The 2021 Symposium will convene on an all-in-one digital conference platform. Platform features include: video live-streaming, speaker and audience engagement, community bulletin board, virtual expo hall, sponsor placement, and more.

 

Dates:

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10am-3pm ET

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6pm-9pm ET

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 10am-7:30ppm ET

Friday, March 19, 2021, 10am-7:30pm ET

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10am-7:30pm ET

 

Introducing the Symposium Programming Committee 

The Symposium Programming Committee exists to advise Dance/NYC in the programming and direction of Dance/NYC's yearly Symposium-and, by extension, further the dance field in NYC.

 

Albert Blackstone, Director, MOMEN; Faculty, Broadway Dance Center

Ami Scherson, Equity in Arts Leadership Prog. Associate, Americans for the Arts; Co-Chair, D/NYC Junior Committee

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, Managing Director, Full Circle Souljahs

Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Senior Director of Artist Development & Curation; Editorial Director, Gibney

Juan José Escalante, Executive Director, José Limón Foundation

Julia del Palacio, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Laurel Lawson, Choreographer, Kinetic Light; Artist-Engineer, Rose Tree Productions

Nelida Tirado, Artistic Director & Teacher of Nelida Tirado Flamenco

Niya Nicholson, Managing Director, MOVE(NYC) Foundation, Inc.

Parijat Desai, Artistic Director, Parijata Dance Company

Remi Harris, Programs Manager, Center for Performance Research

Sydnie L. Mosley, Artistic Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances

Zavé Martohardjono, Artist

For the latest program and registration information, visit Dance.NYC.

 

About Dance/NYC

Dance/NYC's mission to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds core values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of its programs and operations. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national organization for professional dance.

Shuttered by the pandemic in March of 2020 and unable to present live performances, Hudson Valley's Bridge Street Theatre announces a four-month dance residency program utilizing the theater's resources to nourish performing artists and develop new works during the current health crisis. Residency artists will have exclusive access to the 12,000 sq foot refurbished industrial building in the village of Catskill, NY. Facilities include an 84-seat black box theater, a flexible cabaret performance space, a large-scale gallery, and on-site artist housing. The residency will provide a safe harbor for dancemakers, supporting them with the precious resource of stage time, access to production equipment, housing, and stipends to support their creative process.

 

"Bridge Street Theatre is proud to join with peer Hudson Valley cultural institutions including Catskill Mountain Foundation, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Modern Accord Depot, Mount Tremper Arts, Petronio Residency Center, PS21, and other organizations to support dancemakers at a time when they, and so many other Arts groups, are facing such uncertainty and vulnerability," says John Sowle, Artistic & Managing Director of Bridge Street Theatre.

 

Underwritten by Bridge Street Theatre fans and local community members, Duke Dang and Charles Rosen, the initiative is in memory of their friend and mentor Anh-Tuyet "AT" Nguyen. A native of Vietnam, Nguyen championed dance and served on the boards of Dance to Unite, Dorrance Dance, and the Joyce Theater. Residency artists were selected to honor Anh-Tuyet "AT" Nguyen, supporting Vietnamese dancemakers and Dorrance Dance and Joyce Theater alum.

 

"Our dear friend AT loved dance and devoted herself to mentoring and supporting many Vietnamese creatives in particular," say project underwriters Duke Dang and Charles Rosen. "We hope this initiative continues her spirit."

 

At the end of each two-week residency a video sample of the work-in-process will be available on Bridge Street Theatre's web site (BridgeStreetTheatre.org), Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

 

Featured Projects

BABYLIFT by Anh Vo

Jabu Graybeal work in process

SWITCH by LayeRhythm with Mai Lê Hô

Thang Dao work in progress

Chroma (working title) by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner

Trapped by Passion Fruit Dance

 

BABYLIFT by Anh Vo

January 4 - 17

Digital performance excerpt showing on January 16, 7pm

A fragmented and collaged multi-media solo work, Anh Vo's BABYLIFT combines the terror and pleasure of erotic hauntings. Named after a 1975 mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the U.S., resulting in a plane crash that killed 78 of those children, BABYLIFT attempts to conjure the ghosts of the Vietnam War and confronts the afterlives of the Vietnam War (a.k.a. the Resistance War Against Imperialist America). Striving to queer a linear masculinist history, Vo weaves materials from this historical archive together with cultural memories of the Civil Rights Movement, USAmerican freedom fantasies of the 1960s, contemporary pop culture, and current leftist activism. These layers of narrative create an uncanny, abstract, yet emotionally-charged space that serves as both a memorial for the unmourned, unremembered and a reckoning for the witnesses of this ghostly presence.

 

Immediately following the Bridge Street Theatre residency, BABYLIFT will premiere as part of Target Margin Theater's Spring 2021 season.

 

BABYLIFT was originally commissioned by the Fresh Tracks program at New York Live Arts, supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The work is developed through residencies at Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, University Settlement (Performance Project Fellowship), Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Space Grants), New Dance Alliance (LiftOff), and Bridge Street Theatre. BABYLIFT has received additional funding from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts and Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

 

Anh Vo is a Vietnamese choreographer, dancer, theorist, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality. Their choreographic works have been presented nationally and internationally by Target Margin Theater, Dixon Place, MR @ Judson, Brown University, Production Workshop, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid), greenroom (Seoul), Montréal arts interculturels (Montréal), among others. As a writer, they are the Co-Editor of Critical Correspondence, a frequent contributor to Anomaly, and a blogger at Cultplastic. Currently based in Brooklyn, they earned their degrees in Performance Studies from Brown University (BA) and New York University (MA). anhqvo.com

 

Jabu Graybeal work in process

January 18 - 31

Digital performance excerpt showing on January 30, 7pm

Dorrance Dance company member Jabu Graybeal, a native of Pittsboro, NC, is as dancer, producer, and musical artist who first studied with JUBA award winner Gene Medler of the Chapel Hill Ballet School and was a member for 9 years of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE), one of the most renowned youth tap companies in the world. Jabu is a Jacob's Pillow and YoungArts Foundation alumnus who has performed with a diverse group of companies, such as Caleb Teicher & Company, Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33 and band, Postmodern Jukebox. He was the first tap dancer to be accepted into the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival and was included, under a nomination from Michelle Dorrance, in the December 2017 issue of DanceSpirit magazine as one of the dancers to look for in the next generation of tap. During Graybeal's time at Bridge Street Theatre, Graybeal will explore the marriage of music and dance with fellow friends and creatives.

 

SWITCH by the LayeRhythm Experiment, with Mai Lê Hô

February 1 - 12

Digital performance excerpt showing on February 11, 7pm

 

 "An occasional brew of partying and performing that unfolds as a series of interactive sessions in which suggestions from the crowd beget songs and steps. [...] imagine a musicians' jam session where the band is compelled to keep the dancers' pace instead of the other way around." - The New York Times

 

Created in 2015 in NYC by French-Vietnamese dance artist Mai Lê Hô, LayeRhythm is a cutting-edge jam session that creatively layers live musicians and vocalists with freestyle dancers. Now in its 5th year, the project has taken its club roots to the stage with performances at Jacob's Pillow and 92Y. The LayeRhythm Experiment ( LE) company features prominent dancers who have won world-class competitions in breaking, hip-hop, popping, and house dance. They are accompanied by musicians and vocalists at the forefront of NYC's funk, hip hop, jazz, and soul scenes. The LE usually generates approximately 90% new content each performance. The audience is muse. At each show, audience ideas are collected by LE's MCs. Performers instantaneously draw from personal experiences and artistic knowledge to turn those ideas into movements, sounds and improvised lyrics. Commonly in western dance, artists rest on recorded or rehearsed music to create movement. With the LE, musicians, dancers and the MC stretch artistic boundaries and "take turns" conducting the rest of the ensemble. This call and response culture is intrinsic to many generations and genres of African-American and Latin based street and social dance forms.

 

During the Bridge Street Theater residency, SWITCH will be developed, exploring further the leader/follower dynamics between music and dance. Dancers will research alternative leadership models by reversing roles not only while improvising on stage, but in the creative writing process as well.

 

The residency will culminate in a virtual performance excerpt showing of section 1 (out of 5) of this new evening-length show. The remaining sections are mostly freestyle based and ready to be performed/transformed with each new audience. Dancers will explore the meaning of "routine" and of "switching roles" on personal, societal, artistic, mind-body levels.

 

Mai Lê Hô aka Mai Lê Grooves is a French-Vietnamese dance performer/choreographer/educator, dj and curator who relocated to NYC in 2009. Mai Lê has been a lead dancer in the pioneering street dance theater company Rennie Harris PureMovement since 2013, and in the emerging Passion Fruit dance company since 2016. Mai Lê also toured Europe as a co-choreographer and dancer with seminal Detroit house music producer Theo Parrish and his live band, in festivals/venues such as Worldwide Festival (Sete, FR), London's Barbican, Barcelona's Sala Apolo. In 2015 Mai Lê founded LayeRhythm, a monthly jam session that brings live musicians to collaborate with street/club dancers (flexN, litefeet, house dance, Detroit jit, locking...).The New York Times described LayeRhythm... "Imagine an improv comedy show where dancing, not laughs, is the currency. Then imagine a musicians' jam session where the band is compelled to keep the dancers' pace instead of the other way around." Since 2019, the project has been taking its club roots to the stage with the LayeRhythm Experiment company, performing at 92Y and Jacob's Pillow and offering online educational programs for emcees, musicians and dancers. From 2017 to 2019, Mai Lê was the Program Director of It's Showtime NYC!, a program that celebrates NYC street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers. Mai Lê teaches weekly in NYC at Gibney and EXPG NYC, and has taught dance workshops in Brazil, Vietnam, Japan, DRC, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and throughout the US.  IG: @MaiLeGrooves / @LayeRhythm. www.LayeRhythm.org

 

Thang Dao work in progress

February 28 - March 13 

Digital performance excerpt showing on March 12, 7pm

Thang Dao will explore the intersection of dance, film, and digital technology to develop a piece for four dancers that examines the complexity of human connection and relationship at the tenuous boundary nestled between proximal and distant attachment; and how the two locations are sometimes the same. The dancers navigate between different dynamics and connections with one another within the confined space to examine these delicate locations.

 

Born in Vietnam, Thang Dao currently resides between Los Angeles and New York City as a freelance choreographer, teacher, and coach. He holds a MA degree from New York University's Gallatin School. Dao received his formal dance education from the Juilliard School and The Boston Conservatory, where he received his BFA in 2001. Dao danced with the Stephen Petronio Company and the Metropolitan Opera until 2006, leaving to choreograph for Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin II, Ailey II, Ballet X, Philadanco, the Boston Conservatory along with many universities and performing arts schools nationally and internationally. His works have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with acclaimed reviews. His ballet, Stepping Ground, choreographed for Ballet Austin for the 1st Biannual New American Dance Talent, received the Audience Choice Award all four nights. Dao is the recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, the 2009 Special Project Grant, and the 2012 Vilcek finalist for Creative Promises in choreography. In 2012, his work,Waiting Women was featured at NYCDAF Gala: Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in New York. Dao was on the creative team for the James Brown Project: Get On The Good Foot commissioned and produced by the Apollo Theater under the direction of Otis Salid. In 2017, Dao-representing the United States- received first prize for choreography at the inaugural DAP Festival in Pietrasanta Italy. Dao is currently a visting guest artist at Kennesaw State University.

 

Chroma (working title) by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner
March 16 - 27

Digital performance excerpt showing on March 26, 7pm

British artist, filmmaker, writer, and queer activist Derek Jarman's memoir Chroma, a meditation on the color spectrum written and published during the AIDS crisis, will serve as the project's point of departure. Jarman's work will also serve as a model for a collective process that integrates performance, film, and visual art. Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim, and supported through a 2021 Works & Process bubble residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, choreographer Norbert de la Cruz III will create new works on dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, as painter Virginia Wagner and filmmaker Kristin Sztyk develop the visual environment for the piece. Immediately following their Works & Process bubble residency, the creators will sequence into a Bridge Street Theatre residency to film the in-process work on the stage of the theater.

 

Trapped by Passion Fruit Dance Company/Tatiana Desardouin 

March 29 - April 11

Digital performance excerpt showing on April 10, 7pm

Dedicated to women,Trapped serves as an invitation to unfold, release and to remove mental blocks. The work is a testimony from women of different backgrounds and stories, willing to reveal their blocks, their pain and ways to find their joy, with the hope of bringing solutions, to inspire anyone with simple and personal solutions that each woman on stage have found for themselves in their journey to unlock whatever they need to unlock.

 

Passion Fruit Dance Company is a New York based street/club dance theater and educational company, founded, directed and choreographed by Tatiana Desardouin with core members Mai Lê Hô and Lauriane Ogay to promote the authenticity of street and clubbing dance styles, therefore celebrating black culture and their contribution to the society, highlighting and exploring different social issues throughout their Desardouin pieces. Using the prism of Hip-Hop and House cultures and through different socially engaged art projects, the company provides tools for communities and generations in their healing process, or simply to those in search of a release outlet and confidence building environment, by using "Passion Fruit Seeds"- a teaching program, designed for that purpose and a multi-sensory experience within a cultural party called "Les 5 Sens". The company has performed at The Apollo Theater, Summerstage, Jacob's Pillow, the New Victory Theater, BAAD!Theater, Harlem Stage, selected by Pepatián for "Dance Your Future: Artist & mentor collaboration residency", LOHH, Joe's Pub, 92Y, Dance Place and abroad ( Canada ( MTL) at the M.A.I. for the 100LUX festival and Switzerland (Neuchâtel) at the Outside Festival) etc. They also co-choreographed and are featured in two commercials for Credo Beauty. Tatiana was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 2020 "25 to Watch" for her work with Passion Fruit.

 

Bridge Street Theatre is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts. For more information visit www.bridgest.org.

 

 

MASTERVOICES: MYTHS AND HYMNS  | Open: 01/13/21 Close: 06/30/21
The central project of MasterVoices’ 2020-2021 season is a virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, Myths and Hymns, in an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of musical genres as it explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. New short musical films illustrate the protagonist’s attempt to seek answers in four ways – through Flight, Work, Love, and Faith. The four chapters of this personal voyage will be released in free digital installments throughout the winter and spring – Flight (January 13), Work (February 24), Love (April 14), and Faith (May 26). All installments will remain available after their premieres for on-demand streaming on MasterVoices YouTube channel  until June 30, 2021. Star artists include Anderson & Roe, Yazmany Arboleda, Julia Bullock, Sammi Cannold, Cloud Chatanda, Lear deBessonet, Khristian Dentley, Renée Fleming, Annie Golden, Joshua Henry, Capathia Jenkins, Steven Kellogg, Mykal Kilgore, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Lucy Mackinnon, Danny Mefford, Kelli O’Hara, Elizabeth Stanley, Take 6, Ted Sperling, The MasterVoices Chorus, and more.

The first chapter, FLIGHT, explores the possibility of finding fulfillment by rising up or away. After a jaunty prologue (“Prometheus”), Guettel frames the myth of Icarus as the story of a young man striving to get out from under his famous father’s shadow and shine like the sun. After his crash, the solace and hope of Migratory V expresses the human aspiration to fly together and soar above the troubles below. The retelling of Pegasus explores the fall of the hero Bellerophon when he angers Zeus. The chapter ends with the cycle’s first hymn text, Jesus the Mighty Conqueror, with its refrain consisting of the single word, “rise,” repeated over and over.


About the Company: MasterVoices

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) was founded in 1941 by the legendary American choral conductor Robert Shaw, and is currently under the artistic direction of Ted Sperling. For 75 years, the company has presented varied programming, with emphasis in three areas: choral masterpieces, operas in concert, and musical theater. Choral classics performed by MasterVoices have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Verdi’s Requiem. The company has presented several important premieres, including the U.S. premieres of Dvorak’s Dmitri and Handel’s Jupiter in Argos, and the NY premieres of Respighi’s La Fiamma, Glass’s The Juniper Tree, and Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other rarely heard operas presented in concert have included Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, and Joplin’s Treemonisha. Throughout its history, MasterVoices has specialized in presenting rarely heard works of musical theater and standard works with a fresh approach, including Bernstein’s A White House Cantata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence, Knickerbocker Holiday, and the world premiere of a concert version of The Road of Promise.

MasterVoices has performed in prominent NYC concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and Geffen Hall, under the batons of many esteemed conductors, including Serge Koussevitzky, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, and Alan Gilbert. The company has also attracted many world-class soloists, including Bryn Terfel, René Pape, Stephanie Blythe, Deborah Voigt, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot and Victoria Clark. Because of its reputation of excellence, MasterVoices has been hired to perform with many top orchestras over the years, including the NBC Symphony, The New York Philharmonic and The Israel Philharmonic, and has been invited to appear abroad in Israel and at the Verbier and Salzburg festivals.

In August 2015, the company transitioned from The Collegiate Chorale to MasterVoices, a name that better represents the current mission of the company as a performing arts organization that celebrates storytelling through the masterful voices of its chorus and world-class soloists, and the creative voices of composers, librettists, designers and directors. For more information, visit mastervoices.org. Connect with MasterVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@mastervoicesny).

New York Theatre Ballet School announces its Children's Division Curriculum for the 20-21 School Year, running September 21, 2020 through June 12, 2021. Through the program, students receive world-class Cecchetti training from top industry instructors.

 

"The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance," said Diana Byer, founder and artistic director, New York Theatre Ballet School. "We are hopeful we can open the doors to our studio in September, but classes may resume online pending further stay at home orders. Alternatively, we may offer a combination of in-person and Zoom classes, as we are doing safely and successfully this summer."

 

Students of NYTB School have appeared professionally on Broadway in the productions of The Lion KingSchool of RockBilly Elliott, and South Pacific, and with New York City Ballet, Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Metropolitan Opera House, Theatre for a New City, and Cherry Lane Theatre. 

 

For more information on tuition, attire, and how to register, email admin@nytb.org or visit nytb.org/ballet-school-ny/2020-2021-information.

 

 

NYTB School Curriculum

September 21, 2020 - June 12, 2021

 

PRE-BALLET I

(4-5 years old) 

Saturday 9:00-10:00am 

 

PRE-BALLET II

(6-7 years old) 

Monday 4:00-5:00pm or Saturday 10:00-11:00am 

 

BALLET I

(by audition or invitation) 

Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm 

Thursday 4:15-5:15pm 

 

BALLET II

(by audition or invitation) 

Monday 5:00-6:30pm 

Friday 4:30-6:00pm 

 

BALLET III 

(by audition or invitation) 

Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm 

Saturday 12:30-2:00pm 

 

BALLET IV

(by audition or invitation) 

Tuesday 5:15-6:45pm 

Thursday 5:15-6:45pm (Workshop) 

Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm 

 

YAD

(by audition or invitation) 

Monday 6:30-8:00pm 

Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm 

Thursday 5:15-6:45pm (Workshop) 

Friday 6:00-7:30pm 

Saturday 2:00-3:30pm

Saturday 3:30-4:30pm (Pointe)

 

About New York Theatre Ballet School

 

Founded in 1978 by Diana Byer, New York Theatre Ballet School is the official training ground of New York Theatre Ballet. The school teaches dance as a total art form, following the Cecchetti syllabus to develop dancers with strong technical skills and keen musicality, theatricality, gesture and style. Cecchetti dancers are known for their purity of line and simplicity of style. Qualified students are invited to perform with NYTB in ballets featuring roles for children.

 

About New York Theatre Ballet

 

New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 by its artistic director, Diana Byer. "

New York Theatre ballet confirms its status as an invaluable company," says Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times. NYTB has earned national acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by great choreographers and for its innovative hour-long ballets based on children's literature. NYTB tours family and adult programs both nationally and abroad. Its audiences know the Company for its theatrical expressiveness, high production quality, and intimate accessibility to every audience member.

 

For more information, visit https://nytb.org/.

 

 

SHAKESPEARE@ HOME JULIUS CAESAR  | Open: 02/22/21 Close: 03/15/21
Actors from Broadway and London’s West End team up for the Shakespeare@ Home, all-free radio play Julius Caesar, which launches Monday February 22nd at 7pm EST. The Tony Nominated actor Patrick Page (Hadestown) stars in the title role with Jordan Barbour (Broadway’s The Inheritance) as Brutus Sky Lakota Lynch (Dear Evan Hansen) as Lucius and Keith Hamilton Cobb (American Moor) as Cassius. Produced by Jersey City's Shakespeare@, this audio production is the third installment of the season, produced and adapted by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty. Acclaimed West End actors Jamie Ballard and James Howard also star. Mr. Howard played Draco Malfoy to Ballard’s Harry Potter in the West End production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, prior to the shutdown.  Julius Caesar features original music and sound design and is FREE to download and stream. Hagerty has crafted the production into four weekly parts and partnered with the Emmy-winning team at Sonic Designs to capture the lost art and thrill of radio drama all without leaving the confines of quarantine.  To listen to Julius Caesar online, visit www.shakespeare-at.org

The production will also be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher. The performance is FREE to all listeners on all platforms. Previous episodes of the season (Richard II and The Tempest) are all also available to download anytime at no cost. 

Debut dates for parts 2, 3 and 4 of Julius Caesar are subsequent Mondays at 7pm EST on March 1st, and March 8th, with the final episode airing March 15th—the “Ides of March” (the day Caesar was assassinated).  

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s best known and most often quoted plays, chronicling the political and moral crisis of Brutus and his fellow conspirators as they plot to murder Caesar to prevent a dictatorship. First performed in 1599, this timeless play examines the razor-thin line between power and corruption, duty and ambition, and the perils of a state divided. 

Additional cast members are  Ashlie Atkinson (Mr. Robot, BlacKkKlansman) as Portia, Jonathan Forbes (Amazon's Catastrophe) as Casca, and Aria Shahghasemi (CW's Legacies) as Octavius. Rounding out the rest of the cast are RSC and National Theatre veteran, David Hargreaves, Mark Torres, Thia Stephan, Francis Mateo, and Mark J. Quiles.

Julius Caesar features original music composed by Joan Melton with sound design by the Emmy-winning team of Dan Gerhard and Ellen Fitton of Sonic Designs. Justin Goldner is the music producer and supervisor, and casting is by Robin Carus. Sydney Steele serves as the Associate Producer. 

 

 

Sheila Carrasco: Anyone But Me  | Open: 03/21/21 Close: 04/18/21
Sheila Carrasco dissects the psyches of women who struggle with self-identity, exploring the personas we create in order to get by. From the local grocery clerk, to your neighbor's teenage daughter, to that lady from the cult — this play is about women who want to be someone they are not. Someone better, easier, stronger... anyone but them.. 

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce the acceptance of a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, marking the most significant grant in the history of Works & Process. Following eight creative bubble residencies launched in summer 2020, pioneered and produced by Works & Process, this grant will fund a second round of bubble residences. The residencies will support over 120 artists who will gather, create, and work safely in isolated residency centers in the Hudson Valley during the first half of 2021.


 

2021 bubble residency works include:

  • L'Orient, libretto byCatherine Filloux, with music by Kamala Sankaram, and choreography by Preeti Vasudevan

  • Ladies of Hip-Hop: Black Dancing Bodies Project × Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer

  • New work by choreographer Jamar Roberts and composer David Watson 

  • Chroma (working title) by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner

  • Rhapsody in Blue, a kaleidoscope of New York by Caleb Teicher & Company with Conrad Tao

  • Masterz at Work Dance Family with Courtney ToPanga Washington

  • The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"

  • Third Bird, libretto by Isaac Mizrahi, with music by Nico Muhly and choreography by John Heginbotham

  • New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, performed by Les Ballet Afrik

  • The Jazz Continuum with LaTasha Barnes

  • UnderScored by Ephrat Asherie Dance, in collaboration with New York City's club legends

  • Rose featuring John Jarboe

  • A new production by Anthony Roth Costanzo


 

"With the pandemic forcing cancellations, we knew we had to forge a new path forward to continue to fulfill our mission and creatively and financially support artists," said Caroline Cronson, Producer of Works & Process. 


 

"This grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest ever in our organization's history, will significantly amplify our ability to support artists when they are so vulnerable," said Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process.

 

"While it may be some time before we can once again see performances like these in real time and space, this year's Works & Process affirms that even when circumstances are constrained, creativity can still take flight and soar."

  • The Wall Street Journal


 

Residency partners include Bethany Arts Community, Catskill Mountain Foundation, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, and Mount Tremper Arts, with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library providing filming support.


 

Select projects will culminate in performances filmed by Dancing Camera on location at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Most residencies at Catskill Mountain Foundation will feature digital Works & Process programs for the public to watch from home that blend discussion with the artists and performance excerpts. The public is also invited to watch the Ladies of Hip-Hop in open rehearsals through Bethany Arts Community's panoramic windows.


 

Isolation to Creation Docuseries on All Arts Channels
This second round of bubble residencies follows a successful inaugural cycle that launched this past summer amid widespread cancellations, when Works & Process, itself facing a shuttered theater, forged a path for artists to safely gather, create, and perform together. Pioneering and producing bubble residencies that have since been widely replicated, Works & Process invited over fifty artists to enter eight bubble residencies in rural Hudson Valley in 2020 after an unprecedented period of isolation. Under a health protocol developed with medical counsel Dr. Wendy Ziecheck, and ethical oversight provided by Dr. Robert Klitzman, artists isolated by the pandemic gathered in quarantine to work together. 


 

To capture this journey, Works & Process produced Isolation to Creation, a four-part docuseries by filmmaker Nic Petry of Dancing Camera, to provide audiences with a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and experience the hope, joy, exhilarating physical struggle, and emotional challenges experienced by performers returning to the studio and stage. The series will stream nationwide on January 27 and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8 pm ET, for free on the All Arts app and allarts.org, and will air in the New York metro area on the All Arts TV channel (channel lineups available here). 


 

Featured Works & Process bubble residency works from 2020 include:

  • UnderScored by Ephrat Asherie Dance, in collaboration with New York City's Club Legends

  • New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, performed by Les Ballet Afrik

  • The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"

  • Music from the Sole with Gregory Richardson and Leonardo Sandoval

  • New work by choreographer Jamar Roberts and composer David Watson 

  • Seven Deadly Sins with Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, and Sara Mearns  


 

Notes from the Bubble, a series of trailers for Isolation to Creation can be viewed at:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ08rQmWB63QrAk67XU8C3k2DiPmUVRyM.


 

Lead support for Isolation to Creation was provided by the Works & Process Board of Directors and Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Robert Pollock, with additional support from Jonna Mackin. The filming of Isolation to Creation was supported in part by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 


 

Find more information at worksandprocess.org.


 

Once conditions are deemed safe for audiences and artists to gather, the live premieres of works developed in bubble residencies may be presented at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process 2021-2022 season.


 

2021 Works & Process Bubble Residencies

L'Orient, libretto by Catherine Filloux, music by Kamala Sankaram, and choreography by Preeti Vasudevan
January 12-24 at Mount Tremper Arts
L'Orient is a multidisciplinary production produced by Thresh, a New York-based performing arts collaborative. The production recontextualizes the Orientalist gaze and its representation of women and people of color in the classical arts. The project envisions Lakmé, the lead character in the eponymous 1883 opera by Léo Delibes, as a twenty-first-century woman situated in the chaotic environment of reality television. Today's Lakmé represents the voice of a modern woman questioning her constrained role in a patriarchal society. This provocative work features choreography based on the principles of ballet and the Indian dance tradition Bharatanatyam, in dialogue with a score of Carnatic songs (South Indian classical music), operatic vocals, percussion, electronics (including amplified pointe), and a libretto that includes texts in French, Indian Telugu, and English.


 

This bubble residency will provide an opportunity for the creative team to continue to redefine opera as an intersectional landscape for Eastern and Western artistic disciplines. During the course of the residency, select vignettes of L'Orient will be developed that challenge the cultural displacement of exoticized subjects and characters in Western opera.


 

Ladies of Hip-Hop
Black Dancing Bodies Project × Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer
January 14-27 at Bethany Arts Community
Led by Ladies of Hip-Hop Executive Director Michele Byrd-McPhee and Trustee LaTasha Barnes, this intersectional project captures the knowledge, beauty, and power of Black female street dancers. It seeks to look beyond the traditional lens of exposure for Black bodies in dance, which has overwhelmingly focused on Eurocentric dance aesthetics, including modern, contemporary, and ballet. The Black Dancing Bodies Project is an ongoing documentary effort to represent Black women in street and club dance culture (including street and club dance, hip-hop, house dance, Waacking, and Lite Feet) through a series of sessions that include photography and interviews. A residency for fourteen of the major practitioners in support of this effort will facilitate the direly needed exchange of inspiration and transference of knowledge between dance elders (ages 50-60), innovators (ages 33-49), and young celebrants (ages 20-32). The ultimate goal is to create works such as books, performances, and docuseries spotlighting and preserving the beauty, strength, and lived experiences of Black women in street dance. The artists note that since hip-hop and house dance culture are themselves approximately forty or fifty years in development, we are fortunate that the creators and elders within the community are still alive to share their knowledge and the traditions.


 

New work by choreographer Jamar Roberts and composer David Watson
January 27-February 13 at Catskill Mountain Foundation

"Commonly, when a choreographer tries to express a state of emergency though dance, the results are obvious, didactic, or maudlin. An ability to avoid those traps seems to be part of Mr. Roberts's gift."-The New York Times

In March, just as the pandemic hit, Works & Process invited Jamar Roberts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's first resident choreographer, to develop a piece for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Roberts created Cooped, with music by David Watson, which was described by the New York Times as "one of the most powerful artistic responses yet to the COVID-19 crisis." At this two-week residency, Roberts will continue to choreograph a new work that was first developed in a summer 2020 Works & Process bubble residency. Dancers include Patrick Coker, Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Jacquelin Harris, and Brandon Michael Woolridge, and the commission will feature new music by Watson. The performance will premiere in 2021 in an intimate program alongside Cooped as well as select solos choreographed by Roberts for Choreography of Light by Brandon Stirling Bakeranother Works & Process commission.


 

Chroma (working title) by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner
March 1-16 at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Following their fall 2020 Works & Process bubble residency, the creators coalesced around British artist, filmmaker, writer, and queer activist Derek Jarman and his memoir, Chroma. Written and published during the AIDS crisis, Jarman's meditation on the color spectrum will serve as the project's point of departure, and as a model for a collaborative process that integrates performance, film, and visual art. Choreographer Norbert de la Cruz III will create new works for dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, while painter Virginia Wagner and filmmaker Kristin Sztyk will develop the visual environment for the piece.


 

Rhapsody in Blue, a kaleidoscope of New York by Caleb Teicher & Company with Conrad Tao
March 4-17 at Catskill Mountain Foundation
For almost a century, composer George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has served as one of the most iconic musical portraits of New York City. To support the spirit of the city at a time when it is struggling, choreographer Caleb Teicher will assemble a small ensemble of dancers with acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao playing live to create a new work that captures New York City in all its beauty and peril. Teicher and Tao's last collaboration, the Works & Process-commissioned More Forever, was recognized among the New York Times's "Best of 2018," and in 2019 was awarded a Bessie Award. Works & Process is committed to nurturing and supporting these two generative young artists.


 

The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"
March 17-30 at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Lead creators Chris Celiz, a world champion beatboxer who performed at Works & Process in December 2019, and b-boy Anthony Vito Rodriguez "Invertebrate" assemble a formidable cast of dancers including Krumpers Brian "Hallow Dreamz" Henry and Havoc, flexer Joseph Carella "Klassic," breakers Graham Reese and Rodriguez, and members of the Beatbox House including Amit Bhowmick, Celiz, Neil Meadows "NaPoM," Gene Shinozaki, and Kenny Urban to create The Missing Element. Fusing the music making of beatbox with street dance, this project presents an engaging and immersive experience inspired by the elements of nature.

The Beatbox House is a collective of world champion beatboxers.Beatboxing is growing into a global phenomenon branching out from its hip-hop roots. Through education, performance, and collaboration, the collective is rebranding the art as a new form of music, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the human voice.


 

Masterz at Work Dance Family with Courtney ToPanga Washington
March 17-31 Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
A legend within the ballroom community and founder of the Kiki House of Juicy Couture, Black trans Creative Director of Masterz at Work Dance Family Courtney ToPanga Washington creates a new work fusing street dance, double Dutch, cheerleading, karate, ballroom, and hip-hop. Informed by her own experience being teased as a queer teenage boy and as a runaway who found refuge in dance, this new work conveys how her gender transition spurred transformative emotional, creative, and physical liberation. The dances she creates are a representation of resiliency, and through company outreach foster community and family in under-resourced areas of Brooklyn. This new commission will be the first time the company, traditionally self-funded, has received institutional support. The new work, featuring ten diverse dancers, will uplift, inspire, and model positive behavior for a younger generation.

Third Bird, libretto by Isaac Mizrahi, music by Nico Muhly, and choreography by John Heginbotham
April 8-20 at Catskill Mountain Foundation

"Isaac Mizrahi . . . [is] a natural storyteller with musical instincts and vivacious wit." -The New York Times

Every December since 2007, Works & Process has produced sold-out performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic Peter & The Wolf, described by the New York Times as "a new holiday tradition." Isaac Mizrahi narrates and directs, Ensemble Signal performs the music, and a cast wearing costumes by Mizrahi perform choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart. Looking ahead to next winter, Works & Process has commissioned Third Bird as an homage to Peter & The Wolf,with a libretto by Mizrahi and new music by composer Nico Muhly. In this bubble residency choreographer John Heginbotham, will create new choreography for Third Bird. Featuring a flying bluebird, a swimming duck, and a running ostrich, Third Bird celebrates diversity and each individual's unique strengths. 


 

New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, performed by Les Ballet Afrik
April 22-May 4 at Catskill Mountain Foundations
Since its release in 1990, the documentary Paris Is Burning hasreceived critical acclaim for its depiction of the New York drag ball scene and of voguing as a powerful expression of personal pride in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. To honor the film's thirtieth anniversary, Works & Process commissioned Omari Wiles, founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the ballroom community, to produce New York Is Burning. With its premiere at the Guggenheim postponed due to the pandemic, the project was supported with a summer 2020 Works & Process bubble residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, where Wiles continued to develop the commission for his company, Les Ballet Afrik. The residency culminated in a filmed performance at Lincoln Center, serving as an affirmation of love, acceptance, and joy. 


 

Just as Paris Is Burning did for New York in 1980s, New York Is Burning reflects the aspirations, desires, and yearnings of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, race, and financial crises. Wiles's new work centers on the dancers for whom the dance company serves as a surrogate family including Kya Azeen, Eva Bust A' Move, Algin Ford-Sterling, Alora Martinez, Shireen Rahimi, Milerka Rodriguez, Kameron N. Saunders, Karma Stylz, and Yuki Sukezane.  In preparation for its official premiere, New York Is Burning will receive a second bubble residency. When it premieres, the piece will bring ballroom to the Guggenheim in a work featuring Wiles's AfrikFusion, a style that combines traditional African dances and Afrobeat with house dance and vogue.


 

The Jazz Continuum with LaTasha Barnes
May 6-19 at Catskill Mountain Foundation
According to dance educator and dancer LaTasha Barnes, one of the greatest disparities of the present-day dance canon is the one that exists between the African American dancer and authentic jazz dance. Barnes argues that despite the foundational role of jazz dance as a source of globally celebrated popular Black dance forms, there is a lack of contextual and performative knowledge of jazz in the African American artist, which does a disservice to the expressive purpose and possibility that is dance. With the focus and dedicated time afforded by a residency, Barnes aims to bridge the knowledge gap with a group of engaged and invested dancers who desire to embody jazz alongside the Black dance traditions they currently bear. The resulting work may manifest as a choreographed jazz dance performance or an "improvography"-centered exploration of jazz and its scions. 


 

UnderScored by Ephrat Asherie Dance, in collaboration with New York City's club legends

May 21-June 2 at Catskill Mountain Foundation
Beginning with the seminal parties at The Loft and the Paradise Garage, UnderScored is inspired by the intergenerational club-life memories of a cast ranging in age from 25 to 77. This dance work explores the ever-changing physical and musical landscape of New York City's underground house dance and music scene. Legendary elders from NYC's underground dance community including Archie Burnett, Brahms "Bravo" LaFortune, and Michele Saunders collaborate and perform with company members Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, Manon Bal, Ron "Stealth-1" Chunn Jr., Teena Marie Custer, Val "Ms. Vee" Ho, and Matthew "Megawatt" West. In conjunction with this project, the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will provide a fellowship for Asherie to collect and archive oral histories from elders who are part of the generation of dancers who helped create and usher in NYC's underground dance and music scene in the 1970s and '80s.


Rose featuring John Jarboe
Dates and location to be announced
Based on a true story, Rose is a series of performance pieces (songs, videos, and poems) dedicated to Bearded Ladies Cabaret founder John Jarboe's twin, Rose, whom Jarboe "absorbed" or "consumed" in the womb. Jarboe uses the story of Rose and the metaphor of cannibalism to explore gender queerness, nature and nurture, and queer ancestry. This is a collaboration with filmmaker Christopher Ash, designer Rebecca Kanach, and a trio of musicians, as well as various queer composers.


 

A new production by Anthony Roth Costanzo
Dates and location to be announced


 

Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," for 35 years, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Traditionally, most performances took place in the Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic. To forge a path for artists to safely gather, create, and perform during the pandemic, in summer 2020, Works & Process pioneered and produced a series of bubble residencies that will continue into 2021. For more information visit worksandprocess.org. Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. guggenheim.org/social #WorksandProcess