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Ballet Hispánico's

2019 New York Season at The Joyce Theater

Featuring Two World Premieres

March 26-31, 2019

 

A Restaging of Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

featuring the Company Women

World Premiere of New Work by Edwaard Liang

World Premiere of Homebound/Alaala by Bennyroyce Royon

 

 

New York, NY - Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to The Joyce Theater with two world premieres from March 26-31, 2019. Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at The Joyce Theater Box Office by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or online at www.Joyce.org.

 

Ballet Hispánico's program features passionate and culturally relative works that explore the vast connections between the Latinx and Asian diasporas. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa offers an exploration of identity in her stirring Sombrerísimo. In two separate world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Bennyroyce Royon, the choreographers touch on historic issues that are particularly resonant today, including migration, immigration, journeying, and assimilation. 

 

The women of the Ballet Hispánico Company exercise their athleticism and power in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Sombrerísimo. The work is an athletic tour de force originally created for six men full of complex partnering, Latin sizzle, and a joyous celebration of self.  Inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats,Sombrerísimo references the iconic sombreros (hats) found throughout the world that help to represent culture.

 

Edwaard Liang presents an emotional and thought-provoking journey of the Chinese diaspora in his new work.Featuring classical music by Thomas Tallis, Liang evokes emotion through moving sound and lush movement to exemplify how many individuals feel when one leaves one's homeland or country of birth to seek a new life, including moments of remembering, sharing, and letting go. Liang particularly focuses on the Chinese mass emigration from the nineteenth century to 1949 and the Chinese-Cuban diaspora to explore identity and the ghosts of a former life. 

 

Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon explores identity through the lens of Filipino culture in Homebound/Alaala. Royon explores the intersection of Latino and Asian cultures through ideas including the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women, overcoming hardship, and the quest for home. 

 

"Immigration has enabled plethora of cultural diversity and this program is an example of our leadership role in embracing the diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in culture. We continue our mission to expose the American experience of Latinx culture and encourage our audience to go beyond the surface of what they know." - Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro

 

 

Ballet Hispánico's New York Season is made possible by Jody & John Arnhold, the Howard Gilman Foundation,The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Frances Lear Foundation, MetLife Foundation, The SHS Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Inc., with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Univision Communications, Inc. is Media Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico.

 

ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA has been choreographing since 2003 following a twelve-year dance career in various contemporary dance companies throughout Europe. She has created works on fifty companies worldwide including Ballet Hispánico, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Göteborg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, BJM-Danse Montréal, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, to name a few. In 2012, her first full length work, 

A Streetcar Named Desire, originally created for Scottish Ballet, received the Critics' Circle National Dance Award for "Best Classical Choreography" and was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production the following year. 

 

EDWAARD LIANG, a former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Marin County, CA, Mr. Liang began his dance training at age five with Marin Ballet. After studying at the School of American Ballet, he joined New York City Ballet in 1993. In 2001, Mr. Liang joined the Tony Award® winning Broadway cast of Fosse. Since establishing himself as a choreographer, his works have been performed by dance companies around the world including Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, among many others. In 2013, Mr. Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad. In 2017, he received an Emmy® Award for his short dance film Vaulted. In 2018, he created a new ballet with Roberto Bolle for the opening of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

 

BENNYROYCE ROYON is a Filipino-American director, choreographer, and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. Royon received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2006. As a performer and collaborator he has worked on Broadway (Tony Award-winning 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I), Off-Broadway (Artist of Light), at The Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The First Emperor), at the New York Philharmonic (The Cunning Little Vixen), and with dance companies including Armitage Gone! Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, The Nilas Martins Dance Company, Collective Body Dance Lab, Cas Public, and Bad Boys of Dance. 

 

Royon has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton, Karole Armitage, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Gattelli, Greg Zane, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, among others. He has created new works for Atlanta Ballet, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Point Park University, Marymount Manhattan College, BC/EFA's Gypsy of the Year 2015 Competition, and more. Royon has received two CUNY Dance Initiative residencies, Velocity Dance Center's Creative Resident Award, and The Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works Choreography Award. He is a Dance Motion USA Follow-On PDP alumnus. In 2010, he founded Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance company.

 

BALLET HISPÁNICO

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC

March 26-31, 2019

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8:00pm; Sat 2:00pm & 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at The Joyce Theater Box Office, by phone at (212) 242-0800, or online at Joyce.org. Ticket prices are subject to change. 

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPÁNICO
Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization in the United States, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.

The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs.

Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

 

Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. 

Mr. Vilaro's own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama's II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was also inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine's 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year.

 

ABOUT THE JOYCE THEATER

The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home through off-site presentations at venues ranging in scope from Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, to Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Art Center, and to outdoor programming in spaces such as Hudson River Park. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.

 

Rioult Dance NY  | Open: 06/23/16 Close: 06/26/16
RIOULT Dance NY

presents Two Programs

World Premiere of Cassandra’s Curse

NYC Premiere of Polymorphous

featuring Guest Artist Kathleen Turner

The Joyce Theater

June 21-26, 2016

 

RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, returns to The Joyce Theater from June 21-26, 2016 with eight performances featuring World and New York City Premieres. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at www.joyce.org

 

An established name in modern dance with a reputation for performing sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works, RIOULT Dance NY performs two programs. WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War examines the role of women in times of conflict and features the World Premiere of Cassandra’s Curse, set to live music. The second program is distinguished by the New York City premiere of Polymorphous, a piece exploring the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology; Duets, a suite of magnificent duets drawn from some of Pascal Rioult’s finest dances; and two repertory works. Kathleen Turner joins the company as narrator for performances on June 21, June 23 and the evening of June 25.

 

“Kathleen Turner has followed my work for a while now and I was looking forward to the day I could collaborate with her. She is a tremendous talent,” said Pascal Rioult, artistic director of RIOULT Dance NY. “She is perfect for this project. An experienced stage actress who will bring great weight to the role of narrator in these pieces inspired by Greek tragedies, she is a powerful women herself‎ and is an exemplary model of strength and resilience―the general theme of the triptych.”

 

Special events during the company’s Joyce Theater engagement include a Family Matinee on Saturday, June 25 with $10 tickets available for children aged 6-14; a Curtain Chat following the Thursday, June 23 performance with members of the company, as well as a gala immediately following the performance on June 22 at Studio 450, 450 W. 31st Street, NYC.  Call 212-398-5901 for gala tickets.

 

RIOULT Dance NY Season at The Joyce Theater – June 21-26, 2016

 

PROGRAM A: WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War

Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 23* & Saturday, June 25 at 8pm; Sunday, June 26 at 7:30pm

*Stay with us for a post-performance Curtain Chat after the curtain goes down on Thursday, June 23.

 

Iphigenia (2013)

Iphigenia is a dance drama chronicling a young woman’s transfiguration from innocent child to transcendental heroine. Based on Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, it focuses on King Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice his daughter – much to the horror of his wife, Clytemnestra, and his daughter’s betrothed, Achilles – and Iphigenia’s ultimate acceptance of her fate. Through dramatic dance scenes woven together with a recurring ensemble-the Greek chorus, the part-narrative, part-abstract piece unfolds, reintroducing audiences to this beautifully tragic story.

 

On Distant Shores (2011)

On Distant Shores...A Redemption Fantasy evokes the ancient myth of Helen of Troy. “I always thought Helen got a bad rap,” says Pascal Rioult. In this work he sets out to redeem her, imagining she is brought to Troy against her will, where she encounters four god-like warriors.

 

Cassandra’s Curse (World Premiere)

The world premiere of Pascal’s new work, Cassandra’s Curse, is set to a commissioned score by acclaimed composer Richard Danielpour and will premiere with live music. Loosely based on Euripides’ The Trojan Women, this dance reveals the character of Cassandra, whose gift of prophecy allows her to foresee the unfortunate fate of Troy, though not a soul believes her.  Her curse is a metaphor for a society’s tendencies to ignore the voice of reason and to repeat its history of war and violence.

 

Cassandra’s Curse is co-commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance and created in part with the support from the Made in Wickenburg Residency program with funding from the R. H. Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, and the Wellik Foundation.

 

Program B

Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm*; Friday, June 24 at 8pm; Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26 at 2pm

 

*Gala immediately following this performance at Studio 450. 

 

Dream Suite (2014)

Dream Suite is a contemporary take on romanticism. The contrasting mood of Tchaikovsky’s “Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C Major” is juxtaposed with more aggressive, rhythmic and athletic movement. With a palette inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, this thoroughly contemporary work delves into the surreal as it evolves.

 

Polymorphous (2015) - NYC Premiere

Set to selections from J.S. Bach’s “The Well Tempered Clavier,” Polymorphous explores the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology. The work takes on the very idea of polymorphism, referring to the act of something that assumes or occurs in various forms.

 

Duets

A series of duets drawn from Pascal Rioult’s extensive repertory captures his knack for distinctive partnering.

 

Bolero (2002)

Bolero, one of Rioult’s most popular works, is a bold and unique interpretation of Ravel’s famous musical score. Its perpetual motion and ever-changing patterns build to an inevitable climax, creating a riveting tour de force.

 

Musicians

Henry Wang, violin

Jesse MacDonald, violin

Ann Kim, violin

Marina Kifferstein, violin (May 21 & 23)

Monica Davis, violin (May 25 & 26)

Mujan Hosseinzadeh, viola

Midori Witkoski, viola

Grace Ho, Cello

Vivian Chang, Cello

 

Kathleen Turner (Narrator, Guest Artist) has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in films including Body Heat (Golden Globe nomination); Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor (Golden Globe Award for each); Peggy Sue Got Married (Academy and Golden Globe nominations); and The War of the Roses (Golden Globe nomination). Additional film credits include The Man with Two BrainsThe Jewel of the NileThe Accidental TouristV.I. Warshawski, Serial MomNaked in New YorkMoonlight and ValentinoThe Real Blonde and The Virgin Suicides. Her Broadway credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tony nomination); IndiscretionsThe Graduate; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony nomination); and High (also national tour). In recent years, she had a starring role in the 2011 film The Perfect Family, a recurring role on Showtime’s Californication, and starred in Mother Courage and Her Children and Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (both Arena Stage)

 

Richard Danielpour's (Composer, Cassandra’s Curse) commissions include Yo-Yo Ma; Jessye Norman; Dawn Upshaw; Emanuel Ax; Gil Shaham; Frederica von Stade; Thomas Hampson; Gary Graffman; the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets; the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets; the New York Philharmonic; Philadelphia, Stuttgart Radio, and Vienna Chamber Orchestras; Orchestre National de France; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and many more. He has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, a Guggenheim Award, Bearns Prize, and grants and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Copland House, and the American Academies in Berlin and Rome. He is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute.

 

Kyle Ritenauer (Conductor) obtained his Masters' Degree in Conducting in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music where he served as Assistant Conductor under Jeffrey Milarsky and David Gilbert for the Percussion Ensemble and Student Composers Orchestra. Collaborating with young composers throughout NYC, he has conducted premieres of over 40 pieces of music and worked with some of NYC's most up-and-coming new music ensembles, such as Nouveau Classical Project, where he lead a performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and in December 2013, he led the filming of a new opera, Cities of Salt, by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri. An active freelance percussionist in NYC, he also serves as Principal Percussionist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Poughkeepsie, NY and is a teaching artist for The Learning Arts, in Adirondack State Park. In October 2013, he commissioned and premiered Paolo Marchettini's Brotherhood's Journey performed with his two brothers, also percussionists in NYC.

 

Uptown Philharmonic is a new democratically-structured group run by musicians, created to provide a highly adaptable blank canvas for creation amongst musicians, composers, and other artistic organizations in New York City. Comprised of NYC's up-and-coming musicians, Uptown Philharmonic displays the exceptional versatility of the 21st century musician.

 

RIOULT Dance NY, founded in 1994, fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for bringing the sensual, articulate, and musical dance works of Pascal Rioult to audiences worldwide. The ten-dancer company, based in New York City, is led by husband-and-wife team Pascal Rioult and Joyce Herring - both former Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancers. With an established repertoire of over 40 dances that expands each year, RIOULT Dance NY presents an annual New York Season and tours nationally and abroad. In addition, in-school arts education and community outreach have been integral to the company since its inception, introducing students and families to the art of modern dance. www.rioult.org

 

RIOULT Dance NY’s 2016 NY Season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by: Fund for New Works, a Kenneth French Legacy; The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Howard Gilman Foundation; The O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; and The West Survivors Trust Fund.

 

 

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Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 04/15/14 Close: 04/27/14
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to The Joyce Theater from April 15-27, 2014 with 15 performances featuring four dynamic programs. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now. 

 

The extraordinary lineup of works, curated by Eduardo Vilaro in his fourth year as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, features El Beso, a stunning world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by internationally renowned fashion designer Angel Sanchez.  Other highlights include three Joyce premieres: Sombrerísimo, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s athletic tour de force for six male dancers; Umbral, Edgar Zendejas’s seductive interpretation of the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead); and Eduardo Vilaro’s Hogar, a moving meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home set to live music by masterful Russian composer Ljova (Program B only).  Nacho Duato’s masterwork Jardi Tancat, the Joyce premiere of Edwaard Liang's lush duet A Verme, and repertory favorites from Vilaro and Lopez Ochoa round out the colorful season.

 

BALLET HISPANICO

The Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street)

NYC

April 15-27, 2014

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm

(Evening performance on Sunday, April 20 only.)

Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase in person at the Joyce Theater Box Office, by phone at (212) 242-0800, or online at joyce.org. Ticket prices are subject to change.

 


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

Focus Dance  | Open: 01/07/14 Close: 01/12/14
FOCUS DANCE is a part of FOCUS 2014, the National Platform to promote American dance both abroad and nationally.  The week-long platform presents performances of U.S. based dance companies during the annual Arts Presenters Conference in New York City, and one of the largest gatherings of artists, dancers and dance professionals in the U.S.  In January 2014, two venues partner with Gotham Arts Exchange to present the artistic visions of the curators gathered to shape the 2014 edition of FOCUS.

 

Gotham Arts Exchange returns to The Joyce to present the third season of FOCUS DANCE. This year, the week-long celebration of American dance is curated by Laurie Uprichard, associate producer at Quaternaire, Paris, France, and the former director of both the Dublin Dance Festival and Danspace Project. A national platform that promotes U.S. based dance artists to the national and international community, FOCUS DANCE features some of the most intriguing companies performing today.  FOCUS DANCE is comprised of four programs featuring eight companies: Jean Butler, doug elkins choreography, etc., Kelly Garfield Dance, Mark Haim Dance and Theater, Yvonne Rainer and Group, Vicky Shick and Dancers, Morgan Thorson, and Urban Bush Women.  FOCUS DANCE will run from January 7-12, 2014 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets start at $10 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.

 

Program A – Tuesday, January 7 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 12 at 7:30pm

Vicky Shick and Dancers - Everything You See
doug elkins choreography, etc. - Scott, Queen of Marys – Revival

 

Program B – Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 11 at 8pm

Morgan Thorson - The Thing of it Is
Keely Garfield Dance - Twin Pines (part real, part arboreal)

 

Program C – Thursday, January 9 at 8pm; Sunday, January 12 at 2pm

Yvonne Rainer and Group - Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money?
Urban Bush Women - dark swan

 

Program D – Friday, January 10 at 8pm; Saturday, January 11 at 2pm

Jean Butler - Hurry
Mark Haim Dance and Theater - This Land Is Your Land (2013) – New York Premiere

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

JEAN BUTLER has been dancing for over 30 years. Best known as a practitioner in Irish Step Dance, Jean was awarded the prestigious Irish Post Award for her outstanding contribution to Irish Dance in 1999. Since 2005, Jean has worked in a contemporary context, dedicating her practice to creating a repertoire of solos. Her solo work has been commissioned and supported by the The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Artist in Residence 2003-5), The Arts Council of Ireland, The Dublin Dance Festival (2007-13) The Project Arts Center (Dublin), Plankton Productions (Japan), The Abbey Theatre (Dublin), Jacobs Pillow, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Danspace Project. Choreography and performance credits include Riverdance the Show, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Greyage,Thicker than this, and does she take sugar? In 2010 Jean had the pleasure of performing DAY, a solo choreographed by Tere O’Connor. Her latest solo work, entitled hurry, was created in collaboration with NY dance artist Jon Kinzel. She currently lives in New York and lectures in Irish Studies at NYU. In January 2014, Jean will partake in BAC’s Artist Residency Program.

 

doug elkins choreography, etc. was launched in 2009 to organize Mr. Elkins’ independent dance, theater, and teaching projects. The original Doug Elkins Dance Company debuted in 1987 on Dance Theater Workshop’s 11 O’Clock News series and went on to tour nationally and internationally for 15 years. Mr. Elkins is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. Other honors include a Bessie and Elliot Norton Award for Fräulein Maria, a modern dance twist on The Sound of Music that began at DanceNOW Joe’s Pub in 2006 and toured North America from 2009 to 2012. He is currently a Joyce Theater Foundation Artist-in-Residence for the final phase of development of the new comic piece Hapless Bizarre, a National Dance Project selection.

 

KEELY GARFIELD Garfield’s work has been presented at many theaters and festivals both nationally and internationally. Highlights include: Deep (The Joyce Theater), Disturbing The Peace (Zenon Dance Company, MN), Iron Lung (Groundworks Dancetheater, OH), Disturbulance (Dance Theater Workshop), Scent of Mental Love (a film for Radio Bremen/Canal Arte), Limerence (Danspace Project 2009), ”Bessie” nominated Twin Pines (Danspace Project 2012), and the widely-acclaimed Telling The Bees (Chocolate Factory 2013). Additionally, she has created work for ballet dancers, antique puppets, musical theater, children, students and MTV.

 

MARK HAIM began his dance studies with an honorary scholarship at The Juilliard School. He was Artistic Director of Mark Haim & Dancers from 1984-1987, and the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa from 1987-1990. Mark has created new works for many dance companies in the US, Europe and Asia, among them the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, Limon Dance Company, Joffrey II, Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Silesian Dance Theater, and the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa. He has restaged his works on companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, the Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. His full evening solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been presented by the American Dance Festival, the Danspace Project, The John F. Kennedy Center, On The Boards, Bumbershoot, and other venues in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. In 2013, This Land Is Your Land opened the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris and was presented by the ADF at the Nasher Museum of Art.

 

YVONNE RAINER, born in 1934, was a dancer/choreographer (1960-75), then a filmmaker (1972-96), then a choreographer/performer again, also an occasional writer, most recently of a memoir, "Feelings Are Facts: a Life" (2006). Her work has been seen internationally and rewarded with museum exhibitions, awards, and grants, most notably two Guggenheims, two Rockefellers, a Wexner, and a MacArthur. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited.

 

VICKY SHICK Choreographer Vicky Shick has danced with Trisha Brown, Sara Rudner, and Stephen Petronio. She won a  New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Undoing. Heather Olson has danced with Yanira Castro and Tere O'Connor. Wendy Perron has danced with Trisha Brown,Susan Rethorst, and Sara Rudner. Laurel Tentindo has danced with Liz Lerman, Trisha Brown and Sara Rudner.

 

MORGAN THORSON is an independent choreographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has been making dances since 2000. Sage Award Winner in Outstanding Choreography and Performance (2006 & 2007, USA Artist Fellow (2011), Guggenhiem Fellow (2010), McKnight Fellow (2009 & 2002), Guest Professor in interdisciplinary study in Archaeology and Choreography at Wesleyan University.

 

URBAN BUSH WOMEN Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. We do this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. We do this by facilitating the use of art as a means of addressing issues of social justice and encouraging civic engagement. Based in Brooklyn, we aspire to ensure continuity by strengthening and expanding our international community via ongoing professional education, development of new audiences, nurturing young talent and presenting bold, life-affirming dance works in a variety of settings including at our annual Summer Leadership Institute.  Since its founding in 1984, UBW has been presented extensively in New York City and has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Festival appearances include Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Spoleto USA, National Black Arts Festival and Dance Umbrella UK. The Company has been commissioned by presenters nationwide and is highly sought after for its choreography and residencies.

 

 

FOCUS 2014:  FOCUS DANCE

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC

January 7 – 12, 2013

Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30pm; Thursday – Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

Tickets start at $10.  Ticket prices are subject to change.

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800

www.joyce.org

 

 

FOCUS 2014

www.focusdance.us

 

* FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater, curator Laurie Uprichard

 

* DANCE GOTHAM at NYU/Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, curator Jodee Nimerichter

 

* DANCE MEET and SHOW CASE at New York City Center

 

 

FOCUS 2014 STEERING COMMITTEE

Rena Shagan, Chair; Laura Colby; Chad Herzog; Ken Maldonado*; Harold Norris; Cathy Pruzan; Bernard Schmidt; Linda Shelton; Burke Wilmore*

* staff members

 

FOCUS 2014 is produced by Gotham Arts Exchange and made possible with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  www.focusdance.us

 

 

Gotham Arts Exchange, Inc.:

Gotham Arts Exchange, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization set-up to provide administrative, management, booking, fundraising, insurance, and fiscal sponsorship services to the artists that make up the roster of Zia Artists. The idea behind Gotham Arts Exchange is to “pool” the resources of many companies together to be able to afford the many aspects of running a non-profit corporation that is vital to the infrastructure of a dance company. By doing this, each dance company that is not an incorporated non-profit becomes a sponsored project of the organization.  Gotham Arts Exchange began producing at The Joyce Theater in 2006, presenting Battleworks and Paradigm, followed by Keigwin+Company and Battleworks (2008), Nicholas Leichter and Keigwin+Company (2009), Gotham Dance Festival (2010, 2011, 2012), Camille A. Brown & Dancers (2012), and Working Women: Celebrating the American Female Choreographer (2012, 2013). The most recent venture is FOCUS (2012, 2013, 2014), a new initiative that promotes American dance during APAP.

 

THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION, INC., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 290 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce’s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Humanities discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.

Working Women  | Open: 01/30/13 Close: 02/03/13
WORKING WOMEN, a program of work by female choreographers  including Kate Weare, Camille A. Brown, Carolyn Dorfmanand Monica Bill Barnes, comes to The Joyce for a four performance run of new works and audience favorites from January 30 February 3, 2013.  Performances are on Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. The Friday performance will be followed by a Dance Chat. Tickets are $10-39 and are available at  www.joyce.org.

After a one-night only concert during last summer’s Gotham Dance Festival, WORKING WOMEN returns to The Joyce for an expanded four-performance run that features work created by some of Americas most beloved female choreographers. Presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, the program features new works and audience favorites by Kate Weare (The Light Has Not the Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Monica Bill Barnes (Luster); BODYTRAFFIC  performing a work commissioned from Zoe Scofield; and a special performance of Janis Brenner’s Contents May Have Shifted performed by Holley Farmer. Also included are premieres by Loni Landon and Jane Comfort.

Parsons Dance  | Open: 01/15/13 Close: 01/27/13
"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater from January 15-27, 2013, with a program that includes two new works: Dawn to Dusk by David Parsons, and Black Flowers by former Parsons Dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska.

 

The company will also present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons Dance classics on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm.  Both programs will include David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork Caught.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19thStreet), NYC.  Tickets range in price from $10-$59.  Ticket prices are subject to change.  Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

 

Dawn to Dusk celebrates the diverse people and landscapes of Southern Florida.  Set to the music of GRAMMY-Award winner Andrew Bird and Miami's legendary Tiempo Libre, Parsons Dance presents stunning choreography integrated with streaming high-definition footage of the dancers who also appear onstage. The backdrop fills the stage with powerful photographs by Clyde Butcher and footage captured by Blue Land Media of the dancers in four of Florida's most precious wildlife parks. Audiences will experience these locations, with their delicate ecology and unique challenges that have been preserved and protected for our use.   From primitive to urban cultures and environments, David Parsons' newest work takes the audience on a journey fromDawn to Dusk.

 

To create Face of America Series: Spirit of South Florida, David Parsons and members of Parsons Dance traveled to Florida in November 2011 with a ten-person film crew and members of Wolf Trap's production team. They spent ten days immersed in the natural environments of Big Cypress, Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks, overwhelmed by the diversity of the landscapes and amazed by the indigenous wildlife. The dancers and filmmakers merged these environments to capture the beauty of these parks on film, in site-specific work. Dawn to Dusk was commissioned as part of Wolf Trap's Face of America SeriesSpirit of South Florida.

 

Katarzyna Skarpetowska, last season's guest choreographer and former Parsons' dancer, will explore her Polish roots in a World Premiere entitled Black Flowers featuring the music of Poland's greatest composer, Frédéric Chopin.  Six dancers will guide the audience through a mystic lamentation and a mourning ritual in which women always appear in a universally sacred trio.  Her 2012 commission proved a major hit with Joyce audiences, and was described in The New York Times as "A dance with shadows in it, mysteries . . . original . . . refreshing . . . made you think."

 
The program also includes David Parsons' 2005 Mozart-inspired work, Wolfgang; ensemble classic, In The End, with music by Dave Matthews Band, and David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.
 

PROGRAM A:

Tue-Wed at 7:30pm; Thu-Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm (Jan 19 only) & 8pm; 

Sun at 1pm & 5pm

Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Black Flowers, World Premiere by Guest Choreographer Kate Skarpetowska, Wolfgang, CaughtIn the End

 

 

PROGRAM B (Family Matinee): Sat, Jan 26 at 2pm

Dawn to Dusk, New Work by David Parsons, Wolfgang, CaughtIn the End

 

Dancers:  Abby Silva Gavezzoli, Eric Bourne, Steven Vaughn, Melissa Ullom, Christina Ilisije, Jason Macdonald, Ian Spring, Elena D'Amario, Lauren Garson and apprentice Leeann Ramsey.

 

 

 "Awesome dancing and a backbeat to knock it all home.  Eye-popping digital effects.  Excellent showbiz-savvy performers.  Perpetually smoldering.  Lusty, sensual movement."

-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice


About the Company: Parsons Dance

Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons.  Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.  Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City.  Parsons Dance includes eight full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured more than 350 cities, 35 countries, five continents and millions of audience members.  Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.

Focus Dance  | Open: 01/08/13 Close: 01/13/13
This year's curator for FOCUS DANCE, Jodee Nimerichter of the American Dance Festival has assembled four programs featuring some of the most captivating companies performing today. FOCUS DANCEis comprised of four programs featuring eight U.S.-based choreographers/companies: Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Rosie Hererra Dance Theater, Doug Varone & Dancers, Eiko & Koma, and John Jasperse.  FOCUS DANCEwill run from January 8-13, 2013 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.

 

Program A – Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 2pm

Jodi MelnickSolo, Deluxe Version

Stephen Petronio Company- excerpts from The Architecture of Loss and Underland

 

Program B – Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 7:30pm

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Tol E. Rance; Been There, Done That; and City of Rain

Brian Brooks Moving Company- I'm Going to Explode, DESCENT, andFALL FALLS

 

Program C– Thursday, January 10 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 8pm

Rosie Hererra Dance Theater- Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret

Doug Varone and Dancers- -to-be-announced

 

Program D – Friday, January 11 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 2pm

Eiko & Koma- White Dance and Flower Dance

John Jasperse-Fort Blossom Revisited 2000-2012

Focus Dance  | Open: 01/08/13 Close: 01/12/13
This year's curator for FOCUS DANCE, Jodee Nimerichter of the American Dance Festival has assembled four programs featuring some of the most captivating companies performing today. FOCUS DANCE is comprised of four programs featuring eight U.S.-based choreographers/companies: Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Rosie Hererra Dance Theater, Doug Varone & Dancers, Eiko & Koma, and John Jasperse.  FOCUS DANCE will run from January 8-13, 2013 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.

 

Program A – Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 2pm

Jodi MelnickSolo, Deluxe Version

Stephen Petronio Company- excerpts from The Architecture of Loss and Underland

 

Program B – Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 13 at 7:30pm

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Tol E. Rance; Been There, Done That; and City of Rain

Brian Brooks Moving Company- I'm Going to Explode, DESCENT, and FALL FALLS

 

Program C– Thursday, January 10 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 8pm

Rosie Hererra Dance Theater- Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret

Doug Varone and Dancers- -to-be-announced

 

Program D – Friday, January 11 at 8pm; Saturday, January 12 at 2pm

Eiko & Koma- White Dance and Flower Dance

John Jasperse-Fort Blossom Revisited 2000-2012

Smuin Ballet  | Open: 08/13/12 Close: 08/18/12
 

Smuin Ballet (Celia Fushille, Artistic & Executive Director) will perform a special New York City engagement this summer, August 13th – 18th, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).  The acclaimed company is returning to the Joyce with its signature bold, sexy, and innovative dance.  The performances will include: founder Michael Smuin's Medea, a powerfully hypnotic work created during his tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; and the New York premieres of  Oh, Inverted World, a piece by Trey McIntryre set to music by indie-rock band The Shins; and Soon These Two Worlds, an effervescent ballet by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and set to pulsating music from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa.
 
Debuting in March 1994, Smuin Ballet has quickly established itself as “one of this country’s most entertaining, original ballet troupes,” (Dance Magazine). Recognized for its accessible and innovative repertory, the company adheres to the philosophy that ballet should be a living dance form that can continue to engage and delight modern audiences and numerous sold-out houses. Between 1995 - 2006, the company premiered over forty works by Michael Smuin and also begun premiering works by a new generation of choreographers, drawn from Smuin Ballet's own company of artists before his untimely passing while in the dance studio rehearsing in April 2007 for a new season of works.  The mission of Smuin Ballet is to bring enjoyment of dance to new as well as to existing audiences through works that extend and enrich the art with presentations of uncompromising originality and quality.
Smuin Ballet is proud to have called the Bay Area home for the past sixteen years. Audiences throughout the vast San Francisco metropolitan area have embraced Smuin performances with passion and enthusiasm since the beginning, supporting an expanding subscription program and touring schedule. The company offers four seasons in the Bay Area -- the San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Mountain View, and a Carmel season as well. There are three engagements yearly at each venue. Smuin Ballet also tours nationally and internationally.     www.smuinballet.org

 
Michael Smuin, the founder/director of Smuin Ballet, made the San Francisco Bay Area his home when he was a Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, before going on to dance on Broadway, and appearing in film and television. He was Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer for American Ballet Theatre before returning to San Francisco as Director of San Francisco Ballet (1973-1985), and was instrumental in raising that company's profile in the international arts community, including many "Dance in America" programs on PBS. He directed ABT's 50th Anniversary Gala. Broadway credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Anything Goes (Tony Award for Choreography), Shogun and Canciones de Mi Padre. Feature film credits include Cotton ClubStar Wars: Phantom Menace, and The Fantasticks. Television credits include Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. He has won Emmy Awards forRomeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and A Song for Dead Warriors. His ballets are in the repertories of many major dance companies.

Keigwin + Company  | Open: 06/12/12 Close: 06/17/12
 

Pop culture fuses with high art in KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C returns to The Joyce in 2012 with two World Premieres that combine Larry Keigwin’s theatricality and wit, ranging from a work for 12 dancers set to a score by electronic composer Jonathan Pratt, to a quartet for the company’s male dancers. With a cast of 12 dancers, 12 Chairs will explore rejection and survival with driving physicality, using the game “musical chairs” as an inspirational launching point. The quartet for four men, Contact Sport, will utilize highly athletic and vigorous movement to examine the ever-evolving relationships between four brothers, accompanied by the iconic sounds of Eartha Kitt. Trio(2011), a playful, whimsical dance that originally premiered as Balloon Danceat Works & Process at the Guggenheim last fall, will be re-staged. Celebrated by The New York Timesas “divinely well-structured,” Megalopolis(2009) will round out the program.  This dazzling work blends a futuristic urban vision with nightclub camp to a mash up of minimalism and hip-hop. 


About the Company: KEIGWIN + COMPANY

Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin's electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C reaches national and international audiences and invigorates diverse communities with a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Community projects and education seek to physically engage audiences and aspiring dancers in movement and the choreographic process, and bring opportunities for individuals to become more invested in dance. Since K+C's premiere performance at Joyce Soho, Keigwin has created 16 dances, including the large-scale Bolero and recent acclaimed works such as Runaway (2008), the site-specific Sidewalk (2009) and Bird Watching (2010). 

Over the past nine years, K+C has presented performances throughout NYC and nationwide. K+C has received grants and generous support from National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, The Greenwall Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The O'Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Christian Keesee Charitable Trust, Dianne & Daniel Vapnek Family Fund, and the Royce Family Fund.

Gotham Dance Festival  | Open: 05/30/12 Close: 06/10/12
 

Gotham Dance Festival returns for two weeks, presenting five programs that feature the work of more than ten choreographers, including a program celebrating the choreographic work of American women, both established and emerging talents. May 30 - June 10, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC.  Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org.

 

BRIAN BROOKS MOVING CO.  |  WED MAY 30, 7:30pm  |  THU MAY 31, 8pm  |  FRI JUN 1, 8pm

Week One begins with Brian Brooks Moving Company returning to the Festival with the NYC premiere of Brooks’ latest work, Big City. The work celebrates the human effort inherent in the process of rebuilding.  Big City features a set constructed with hundreds of aluminum columns designed by Philip Treviño and Brooks.  This dynamic floor-to-ceiling installation is raised in real time before the audience’s eyes, memorializing the inevitable reconstruction that follows loss.  Big City also features an original score by Jonathan Pratt.

 

PETER QUANZ / JODIE GATES  |  SAT JUN 2, 8pm  |  SUN JUN 3, 2pm

Peter Quanz introduces two masterfully crafted ballets for The Joyce Theater debut of his company, Q Dance. Luminous (2010), and In Tandem, a work originally commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Process. Q Dance shares the program with former Joffrey and Forsythe ballerina, Jodie Gates, who brings her boldly poetic choreography in a program featuring premieres by two American dance companies. Embellish, danced by Colorado Ballet, is a rousing deconstructed neoclassical work, and BalletX dances Delicate Balance, a contemporary work that explores intimate tangled passages.

 

WORKING WOMEN  (One Night Only!)  | TUE JUN 5, 7:30pm

Gotham Dance Festival celebrates the choreographic work of American women, in a special concert to benefit the programs of Gotham Arts Exchange.  The program will include new works and audience favorites from Pam Tanowitz (world premiere); Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Loni Landon (World Premiere of Don’t Forget to Go Home); Jodie Gates (duet from Delicate Balance); Jane Comfort (excerpt from Beauty) and Monica Bill Barnes (excerpt of Love, Oh Love).

 

BODYTRAFFIC  |  WED JUN 6, 7:30pm  |  THU JUN 7, 8pm

BODYTRAFFIC brings to The Joyce a trio of works by distinctive global choreographers.  Barak Marshall, who tracks between Israel and the West Coast, provides a world premiere, as does The Bakery’s Richard Siegal, right out of Paris and London. Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis’s eerie outing, Fragile Dwellings, inspired by homelessness and delivered within artist Erwin Redl’s incandescent light installation, rounds out the evening.

 

GALLIM DANCE  |  FRI JUN 8, 8pm |  SAT JUN 9, 8pm |  SUN JUN 10, 2pm

Gallim Dance, the high-voltage, New York-based company of rising choreographer Andrea Miller, is returning to The Joyce after its sold-out run in August 2010.  Miller, an alumnus of Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva, has been creating an award-winning body of exuberant and captivating work since founding Gallim Dance in 2007. Miller now presents her newest creation, a world premiere that explores the boundaries between art and the artist. 

 

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC

May 30 – June 10, 2012 

Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Sunday at 2pm

 

Tickets are $10-$39.  

Call JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800 or online at joyce.org.

Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 04/17/12 Close: 04/29/12

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York Season from April 17-29, 2012. This year's program pays tribute to the richness and range of the company's Latino roots - and the diverse talents of the dancers - and features African and Caribbean influences. Works to be performed include a World Premiere, Espiritu Vivo, created especially for Ballet Hispanico by Ronald K. Brown and set to music by Afro-Peruvian Latin Grammy Award winner Susana Baca, who will perform live during Program A; the Joyce premiere of Asuka, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's first work for the company, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz; and the New York Premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Nube Blanco. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets range from $10-$59. Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at

Joyce.org.

 

The program includes three premieres:

  • Espiritu Vivo, an exciting collaboration between Ballet Hispanico and Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, explores the intersection of the African and Latino diasporas in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Using the rich history, tradition, and dance forms from these regions, the work explores the stages of grief and the promise of a new day. Susana Baca will perform live during Program A.
  • Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one's homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.
  • Nube Blanco (White Cloud) is inspired by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's childhood memories of the beautiful songs of Maria Dolores Pradera.  Lopez Ochoa brilliantly integrates the Spanish zapateado technique or footwork that is found in flamenco dance and gives it a contemporary twist.

 

"We are thrilled to work with such gifted collaborators this season," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. "Ronald K. Brown's work, set to the music of the incomparable Susana Baca, is mesmerizing. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has showcased the emotional range of our dancers in her pieces. And Celia Cruz's remarkable impact on the Latino community was the inspiration for my first work for Ballet Hispanico. I wanted to honor her music, which captured the voice of so many immigrants." 

 

The program also includes a revival and repertory favorites:
  • The revival Guajira features the guajira, the women of the Cuban countryside who spend their days toiling in the sun beside the men, then enjoy a little rest and perhaps a bit of flirtation, and in the evening forget their day of toil in a rousing guateque (party) with the other laborers. The typical guajiro rhythm is heard here, notably in the second ("Guajiras") section. But, like the culture of Cuba itself, the music and the gestural language of the piece hark back both to Africa and to Spain. Guajira was created by Pedro Ruiz and is set to the music of Los Activos, Conjunto Céspedes, and José Maria Vitieir.
  • Mad'moiselle, a highly theatrical work that explores iconic male/female images and gender role-playing in Latin American cultures, was created by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to a soundscape inspired by Chavela Vargas. The score, developed by Ms. Ochoa with composer/sound designer Bart Rijnink, draws on the music of Ms. Vargas, who is best known for her rendition of beloved Mexican rancheras.
  • Locked Up Laura, a sensuous pointe duet by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa set to the music of Bart Rijnink, explores the human struggle to maintain authenticity in the face of routine through the lens of an artist.
  • Tito on Timbales is a tribute to the music of master percussionist Tito Puente. In this ballet, choreographer William Whitener captures the joy and intricacies of social dance through cascading patterns, sensual partnering and the community of celebration.    
Dancers: Lauren Alzamora, Donald Borror, Jamal Rashann Callender, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Rodney Hamilton, Min-Tzu Li, Andrea Salamanca, Jeffrey Sykes, Vanessa Valecillos, Kimberly Van Woesik, Joshua Winzeler, Jessica Alejandra Wyatt.


About the Company: Ballet Hispanico

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

Ballet Hispanico  | Open: 04/17/12 Close: 04/29/12
Ballet Hispanico,recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York Season from April 17-29, 2012. This year’s program pays tribute to the richness and range of the company’s Latino roots – and the diverse talents of the dancers – and features African and Caribbean influences. Works to be performed include a World Premiere, Espiritu Vivo, created especially for Ballet Hispanico by Ronald K. Brownand set to music by Afro-Peruvian Latin Grammy Award winner Susana Baca, who will perform live during Program A; the Joyce premiere ofAsuka, Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro'sfirst work for the company, an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz; and the New York Premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Nube Blanco. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets range from $10-$59. Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

 

The program includes three premieres:

·      Espiritu Vivo, an exciting collaboration between Ballet Hispanico and Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, explores the intersection of the African and Latino diasporas in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Using the rich history, tradition, and dance forms from these regions, the work explores the stages of grief and the promise of a new day. Susana Baca will perform live during Program A.

·      Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one’s homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.

·       Nube Blanco(White Cloud)is inspired by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s childhood memories of the beautiful songs of Maria Dolores Pradera.  Lopez Ochoa brilliantly integrates the Spanish zapateado technique or footwork that is found in flamenco dance and gives it a contemporary twist.

 

“We are thrilled to work with such gifted collaborators this season,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. “Ronald K. Brown’s work, set to the music of the incomparable Susana Baca, is mesmerizing.  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has showcased the emotional range of our dancers in her pieces. And Celia Cruz’s remarkable impact on the Latino community was the inspiration for my first work for Ballet Hispanico.  I wanted to honor her music, which captured the voice of so many immigrants.

 

The program also includes a revival and repertory favorites:

·      The revival Guajirafeatures the guajira, the women of the Cuban countryside who spend their days toiling in the sun beside the men, then enjoy a little rest and perhaps a bit of flirtation, and in the evening forget their day of toil in a rousing guateque(party) with the other laborers. The typical guajirorhythm is heard here, notably in the second (“Guajiras”) section. But, like the culture of Cuba itself, the music and the gestural language of the piece hark back both to Africa and to Spain. Guajirawas created by Pedro Ruiz and is set to the music of Los Activos, Conjunto Céspedes, and José Maria Vitieir.

·      Mad’moiselle, a highly theatrical work that explores iconic male/female images and gender role-playing in Latin American cultures, was created by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to a soundscape inspired by Chavela Vargas. The score, developed by Ms. Ochoa with composer/sound designer Bart Rijnink, draws on the music of Ms. Vargas, who is best known for her rendition of beloved Mexican rancheras.

·      Locked Up Laura, a sensuous pointe duet by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa set to the music of Bart Rijnink, explores the human struggle to maintain authenticity in the face of routine through the lens of an artist.

·      Tito on Timbalesis a tribute to the music of master percussionist Tito Puente. In this ballet, choreographer William Whitener captures the joy and intricacies of social dance through cascading patterns, sensual partnering and the community of celebration.

 

Dancers: Lauren Alzamora, Donald Borror, Jamal Rashann Callender, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Rodney Hamilton, Min-Tzu Li, Andrea Salamanca, Jeffrey Sykes, Vanessa Valecillos, Kimberly Van Woesik, Joshua Winzeler, Jessica Alejandra Wyatt.

 

Ballet Hispanicowill perform April 17-29, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, with performances Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm; and Saturday at 2pm; and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Program A

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 19 at 8pm; Friday, April 20 at 8pm; Saturday, April 21 at 8pm; Sunday, April 22 at 7:30pm

Nube Blanco; Espiritu Vivowith Susana Baca; Asuka

Program B

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 26 at 8pm; Friday, April 27 at 8pm; Saturday, April 28 at 8pm

Guajira; Espiritu Vivo; Mad’moiselle

Program C

Saturday, April 21 at 2pm; Sunday, April 22 at 2pm; Saturday, April 28 at 2pm; Sunday, April 29 at 2pm

Tito on Timbales; Locked Up Laura; Espiritu Vivo; Asuka

 

The matinee performance on Saturday, April 21 will be a Family Matinee. Tickets for children are $10

($6 with Joyce Junior Membership).  Ballet Hispanico’s Family Weekend matinees will take place on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

 

The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets begin at $10 and are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org.

 

Ballet Hispanico’s 2012 New York season is made possible by Jody and John Arnhold, Goldman Sachs, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Open Society Foundations and the Fund for the City of New York, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  Asukawas commissioned in part by Goya Foods in celebration of their 75th Anniversary, by Gaily and John Beinecke, the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Espiritu Vivowascommissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and funded by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and in part by National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.  NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust. 

 

ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO

 

Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.

 

EDUARDO VILAROjoined Ballet Hispanico as Artistic Director in August 2009, following a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. He has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985. As a dancer in the Ballet Hispanico Company, Mr. Vilaro performed works by Vicente Nebrada, Talley Beatty, Ramon Oller and other audience favorites. As an educator he assisted Ballet Hispanico founder Tina Ramirez in developing a program for children living in temporary housing and was involved with many aspects of the organization’s education residencies.

 

THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION, INC.,a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 290 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce’s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Humanities discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.

 

BALLET HISPANICO

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC

April 17-29, 2012

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm

Tickets $10-$59. Ticket prices are subject to change.

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800, joyce.org

Special 25 Year Celebration Of Miki Orihara  | Open: 03/13/12 Close: 03/18/12
The Martha Graham Dance Company (Janet Eilber, Artistic Director; LaRue Allen, Executive Director)is having a special engagement at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) NYC; March 13-18.  Inner Landscape, the latest offering in the company's innovative series of thematic performances including contextual media and narration, features the acclaimed Graham psychological works in which she laid bare the human psyche. There will be two programs presented by the company as well as a Family matinee show on Saturday-March 17 at 2:00pm.  New works by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer premiere on March 13 and 15 respectively.  Both programs will open with an abstract film montage which overlays excerpts of Graham dancing her psychological works with moments from psychological films of the same era.  Created by Peter Sparling, former Graham dancer and noted dance-film artist, the montage reminds us how America’s fascination with the new science of the mind became evident in popular culture.  The closing performance Sunday at 7:30pm will salute Miki Orihara.   
Miki Orihara, in her 25 years with the company has performed almost every female role in the Graham repertory (except those designed for very tall dancers!  Miki is 5'1 -- about the same height as Martha was.)  She started in the student company, became an apprentice and moved up through the ranks to become one of the great interpreters of the Graham classics.  She is a valued teacher of the Graham technique and has also restaged Graham ballets for many schools.  Most recently, she coached Russian ballerina, Diana Vishneva, in the Graham masterwork Errand into the Maze.  Miki will be performing one of Graham's signature roles for the first time for this celebration.  She will play Jocasta in Night Journey.  There will be a special announcement from the stage and various friends, colleagues and former dancers will be in the audience to celebrate with her.
   Inner Landscape theme is latest in company’s new approach to programming. In recent years, the Graham Company has led the field of modern dance in its experiments with new forms of audience access.  Following the success of its “Political Dance Project” of 2010, with it’s over-arching theme of political activism in dance, the Company has chosen Inner Landscape as the focus for its 2012 season. A great range of performances, partnerships and educational activities will explore the psychological aspects of dance and the great Graham masterworks in which she made the mind visible. 
Program A (Tuesday-March 13 at 7:30pm, Friday-March 16 at 8:00pm, Sunday-March 18 at 7:30pm) opens with the film, then Witch Dance, a seminal work by the German choreographer, Mary Wigman, a Graham contemporary. Witch Dance has been recreated by Mary Anne Newhall. The program continues with Every Soul is a Circus, combination A of the Lamentation Variations, and Night Journey, the Graham masterpiece based on the tragedy of Oedipus and Jocasta.
Program B (Thursday-March 15 at 8:00pm, Saturday-March 17 at 8:00pm, Sunday-March 18 at 2:00pm)will also open with the film followed by a solo from Lyric Suite by Anna Sokolow, a major 20th Century choreographer who began her career dancing in the Graham Company. The solo will be restaged for the company by Lori May. This will be followed by the Graham masterwork from 1944, Deaths and Entrances, combination B of the Lamentation Variations and Chronicle from 1936.

About the Company: MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

Founded in 1926, the Martha Graham Dance Company is the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance company in America.  Since its inception, the Company has received international acclaim from audiences in over 50 countries throughout the world. Martha Graham choreographed 181 works in her lifetime. Though Martha Graham herself is the best-known alumna of her company, having danced from the Company's inception until the late 1960's, the Company has provided a training ground for some of modern dance's most illustrious performers and choreographers including: Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Elisa Monte, Paul Taylor, Glen Tetley, and Pascal Rioult. Among celebrities who have joined in performance are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, Margot Fonteyn, Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kathleen Turner. The Martha Graham Dance Company has commissioned works from Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, Susan Stroman, Lucinda Childs, Maurice Béjart to name a few.    

Camille A. Brown And Dancers  | Open: 01/27/12 Close: 01/29/12
 

Camille A. Brown is noted for mixing modern dance techniques with West African dance and hip-hop elements to produce “focused bursts of energy and frozen positions that explode into motion” (The New York Times).  The company’s three performances at The Joyce Theater will include Ms. Brown’s dances “The Evolution of a Secured Feminine;” “The Groove To Nobody's Business” featuring guest artists Christopher Huggins and Matthew Rushing; “Been There, Done That;” sections from “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” a new work in development to premiere in 2012/2013;as well as a new solo performed by Carmen de Lavallade.

Parsons Dance  | Open: 01/10/12 Close: 01/22/12
 Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce Theater from January 10-22, 2012, with a program that includes two World Premieres, Round My World, a new piece by David Parsons, and A Stray’s Lullaby, by emerging choreographer and former Parsons dancer Katarzyna Skarpetowska.  The company will also present a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons classics on Saturday, January 14 at 2pm.  Both programs include David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterwork Caught.  The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC.  Tickets range in price from $10-$59.  Ticket prices are subject to change.  Tickets are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or online at Joyce.org.

 

“One of the great movers of modern dance” (The New York Times) and “one of modern dance's great living dance-makers” (New York Magazine), David Parsons and Parsons Dance return to The Joyce Theater with two World Premieres.

 

Round My World is set to intriguing, multi-dimensional, digitally-layered music by renowned solo cellist and composer, Zoe Keating.  Keating makes intricate, complex and entrancing ribbons of sound which David Parsons wraps and unwraps around six dancers.  Frequently creating circular shapes, the dancers propel, twist, tangle and flow; they rise and fall, forcibly rush and gently meander.  They encounter and separate, connect and disconnect, to each other, to the music and to audiences who are mesmerized by their fluidity and athleticism.

 

A Stray’s Lullaby is a collaborative work of choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska and composer Kenji Bunch, whose working relationship dates back to their years at The Juilliard School.  A Stray’s Lullaby is an intimate work, set for four dancers who portray down and out characters on the margin of society.  Their journey is a personal one and presented without comment, yet it is clear they are on a quest for salvation.  Their stories are the rich and wise examples of our own vulnerable natures. The piece offers no clear solution, it only opens a window on the way we face our private demons and how we strive to improve our human condition.

 

“Kate’s work with Parsons Dance begins a whole new artistic initiative that will expand both the mission and impact of Parsons Dance.  This initiative will move Parsons Dance away from its single-choreographer model and will support the creative development of emerging American choreographers,” said David Harrison, executive director of Parsons Dance.

 

Program A also includes David Parsons’ 2003 classic, Swing Shift, with music by Kenji Bunch; a duet excerpted from David Parsons' 1994 hit, Step Into My Dream, set to music by Dr. Billy Taylor, with costumes by Missoni and David Parsons’ stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.

 

PROGRAM A: Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm (Jan 21 only) & 8pm; Sun 1pm & 5pm
World Premiere, A Stray’s Lullaby, by Guest Choreographer Kate Skarpetowska, commissioned by The Joyce Theater, Step Into My Dream (excerpt), World Premiere, Round My World by David Parsons, Caught, Swing Shift

PROGRAM B (Family Matinee): Sat, Jan 14 2pm
Envelope, Hand Dance, Step Into My Dream (excerpt), Slow Dance, Caught, Swing Shift

“Awesome dancing and a backbeat to knock it all home.  Eye-popping digital effects.  Excellent showbiz-savvy performers.  Perpetually smoldering.  Lusty, sensual movement.”

-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

 

Parsons Dance creates American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world.  It is the goal of Parsons Dance to make contemporary dance accessible to the widest possible audiences.  In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance positively impacts children, students, and communities through student performances, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, post-show discussions and more.  Parsons Dance has a company of nine dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons, twenty of which feature originally commissioned scores by leading composers and musicians, including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento.  Parsons Dance has collaborated with many other leading artists, including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz (to name a few). 

 

Dancers:  Eric Bourne, Sarah Braverman, Steven Vaughn, Melissa Ullom, Christina Ilisije, Jason MacDonald, Ian Spring, Elena D’Amario, and apprentice Christopher Bloom. 

Focus Dance  | Open: 01/03/12 Close: 01/08/12
 

A celebration of U.S.-based dance, featuring performances by 8 companies in a repertory schedule.  Presented by Gotham Arts this new annual event is the centerpiece of an initiative to promote American dance.  FOCUS DANCE is comprised of four programs featuring eight U.S.-based choreographers/companies: Keigwin and Company, zoe | juniper, Abraham.In.Motion, Kate Weare Company, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, Trey McIntyre Project, and Jason Samuels Smith & Company. FOCUS DANCE will run from January 3-8, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.

Program A features zoe | juniper with A Crack in Everything which premiered in 2011 at Jacob’s Pillow, and Keigwin + Company with Triptych (2009), Mattress Suite (2005), and Runaway (2008).

Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 7 at 8pm

Program B includes works by Kyle Abraham’s company, Abraham.In.Motion, and Kate Weare Company’s Garden, which premiered at the 2011 Gotham Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater.

Wednesday, January 4 at 7:30pm; Sunday, January 8 at 7:30pm

Program C features Monica Bill Barnes & Company presents Mostly Fanfare (2010 Jacob’s Pillow) and Everything is Getting Better All the Time (Gotham Dance Festival 2011) with Joe Goode Performance Group’s The Rambler (2011 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts).

Thursday, January 5 at 8pm; Saturday, January 7 at 2pm 

Program D includes Jason Samuels Smith & Company with Anybody Can Get It (2010 Jacob’s Pillow) and excerpts from Chasing the Bird, Charlie’s Angels: a tribute to Charlie Parker that premiered in 2009 at The Kitchen and Trey McIntyre Project with The Sweeter End (2011 New Orleans Ballet Association) and In Dreams (2007 Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts).

Friday, January 6 at 8pm; Sunday, January 8 at 2pm

Richmond Ballet  | Open: 04/06/10 Close: 04/11/10
Riding the wave of critical and popular acclaim for its previous performances, the company will return exactly five years after their NYC debut. Celebrated for its diverse repertory and extremely versatile dancers, Richmond Ballet will present their most popular commissioned works, all pieces will be making their Manhattan debut. The two mixed programs will feature three ballets each and vary from night to night. Ticket are on sale.

Program A:  ANCIENT AIRS AND DANCES by Stoner Winslett, music Italian and French lute songs orchestrated by Respighi (1986);  TO FAMILIAR SPACES IN DREAM by Jessica Lang, music of Philip Glass, John Cage and Craig Armstrong (2007);  VOYAGES by Mauricio Wainrot, set to a variety of ethnic and folkloric music (2008). 

Tues 7:30pm, Fri (Gala) 8pm, Sat (Family mat) 2pm, Sun 7:30pm.

Program B:  MISA CRIOLLA by William Soleau, music by Ariel Ramirez (2008);  VESTIGES by Colin Connor, music by Michael Nyman (2000);  VIOLIN by Val Caniparoli, music by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (2006). 

Wed (Dance Chat) 7:30pm, Thur 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.