2015-2016 DANCE SEASON AT 92Y HARKNESS DANCE CENTER

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2015-2016 DANCE SEASON AT 92Y HARKNESS DANCE CENTER

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92Y HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL

22nd Season, 5 Companies, 22 Performances

 

FRIDAYS AT NOON

One Hour Mixed Bill Performances with Select Q&A’s

 

DIG DANCE

Weekend Performances Devoted to One Company

 

92Y ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Provides Four Choreographers with Resources to Support the Creation and Performance of New Works

 

DANCE CONCERTS FOR FAMILIES THIS SPRING

HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL: FEB 11-MAR 20


Five weeks with the innovators and history-makers of contemporary dance today.

Kathryn Posin Dance Company with Meredith Monk

Thu, Feb 11 and Fri, Feb 12 at 8 pm, tickets from $35

Kathryn Posin made her choreographic debut at 92Y in 1967, and now The Kathryn Posin Dance Company, comprised of leading dancers from the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the New Zealand Ballet and other companies, returns after last year’s sold-out 92Y performance. She premieres a collaboration  with Meredith Monk, who celebrates her 50th year creating and performing in New York, and performs her stunning suite Facing North. Repertory works include Fly, Fly My Sadness, performed to the music of Mongolian and Bulgarian choirs, and Century Rolls, with music by John Adams.

José Limón Dance Company: Dialogues

Fri, Feb 19 and Sat, Feb 20 at 8 pm; Sun, Feb 21 at 3 pm, tickets from $25

Artistic director Carla Maxwell and members of the Limón Dance Company explore one of José Limón’s important lost works, Dialogues which hasn’t been seen since the 60’s.  Created in 1951, Dialogues provides an important link to the dances Limón created in reference to his Mexican heritage. Examine the tools and processes the Company used to capture this lost gem, and discover how it relates to Limon’s other works, then see a full performance of the dance.

Keely Garfield Dance: Pow

Fri, Feb 26 and Sat, Feb 27, 8 pm; Sun, Feb 28, 3 pm tickets from $25

A procession of intimate narratives about monsters and angels, and monstrous angels, Pow is a Frankenstein of a dance in which elements of other acclaimed dances Garfield has made are radically reconfigured, sutured, amplified and left to run amok, creating a shocking new version of events.

Pilobolus: It’s Both

Sat, Mar 5, 3 pm, tickets from $35 / children $25

When Pilobolus creates a performance of dances, they often use a process called “divergent thinking”—a collaborative approach  involving a spontaneous and free-flowing sharing of ideas. For It’s Both, they began by asking: “What if we made a collection of dances, or several dances, about how things can be more than one thing?” It’s Both is movement, music and bodies coming together to create multiple meanings in dance, appropriate for all ages and includes elements of audience participation.

Tina Croll + Company: One Rhinoceros, 3 Birds and a Pineapple

Fri, Mar 19, 8 pm / Sat, Mar 20, 8 pm / Sun, Mar 21, 3 pm, tickets from $25

Croll shows company work from the past and the present. In her latest work Croll rejects a linear narrative in favor of a more kaleidoscopic vision. Solos and duets are intermingled with a chorus swirling through in geometric patterns—sometimes causing havoc.

DIG DANCE WEEKEND SERIES and FRIDAYS AT NOON 


Dig Dance presents weekend performances dedicated to a single company representing a rich tapestry of styles, forms, histories, media and bodies. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Fridays at Noon is a series of one-hour showcases curated by Catherine Tharin focusing on the works of three or four choreographers at a time. Artists show excerpts of their work and provide context for the audience through post-performance discussions.

Fridays at Noon | DAVID PARKER: FILM, MUSICALS AND NOIR-INSPIRED DANCE

Fri, Sep 18, 12 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

David Parker, known for his witty and sophisticated rhythmic choreography, invites fellow noted choreographers Jane Comfort, Doug Elkins and Sally Silvers to show work inspired by film and musicals. Parker’s company, The Bang Group, with Caleb Teicher, also performs eye-opening “noir” tap.

Fridays at Noon | SIN CHA HONG: LAUGHING STONE: A MASTER IN TANDEM WITH LEGACY

Fri, Oct 2, 12 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

Korean national treasure Sin cha Hong is a noted avant-garde performance artist whose bold and striking vision has influenced generations of Korean choreographers including the powerful and nuanced Jin Han and Eun Mi, who appear with Ms. Hong on this program.

Dig Dance | SIN CHA HONG: LAUGHING STONE

Fri, Oct 2 and Sat, Oct 3, 8 pm, tickets from $15

One of Korea´s most influential contemporary performing artists. Sin Cha Hong is a noted dancer, choreographer, and vocalist whose avant-garde vision has “the ability to combine the Minimalist esthetic of American experimental dance with the concentration found in Asian theater.” (Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times)

Fridays at Noon | JANET ROSS: THE HIDDEN EROTIC BODY OF SOVIET BALLET

Fri, Oct 16, 12 pm, tickets $10 online /$15 at door

40 years after his death, rarely seen works created by the renegade Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson are performed by dancers from San Francisco Ballet’s trainee program, including Yakobson’s Rodin duets censored for their frank eroticism by Soviet authorities. Janice Ross, author of a new book on Yakobson, Like a Bomb Going Off, screens rare film clips and moderates a panel of Yakobson experts.

Dig Dance | COLLEEN THOMAS: HER(E) REPETITIVE BLUEPRINT

Fri, Oct 23 and Sat, Oct 24 at 8 pm; Sun, Oct 25, 3 pm, tickets from $15

In Thomas’ first evening-length piece, Her(e) Repetitive Blueprint, the inevitability of our perception is called into question. A web of perceived social, gender and racial narratives runs rampant across the shapes and mounds of bodies.

Fridays at Noon | CHARLES REINHART IN CONVERSATION AND DANCE WITH MARTHA CLARKE AND SHEN WEI

Fri, Nov 6, 12 pm, tickets $10 online /$15 at door

Charles Reinhart, former director of the American Dance Festival for 43 years, brings Martha Clarke and Shen Wei together for a spirited discussion and live showing of their work by their respective companies.

Dig Dance | 360° DANCE COMPANY: HUMAN

Fri, Nov 6 and Sat, Nov 7, 8 pm; Sun, Nov 8, 3 pm, tickets from $20

360° Dance Company presents huMAN, an evening of dance exploring the connections that illuminate our understanding of humanity. Artistic director Martin Lofsnes uses the performance to uncover the raw potential that lies within the body itself and the potential synergy between bodies. The program includes the NY premiere of Half-moon hanging in the clear blue sky and the world premiere of Other Room, a work inspired by Lofsnes’ friendship with the late, great Mary Anthony.

Fridays at Noon | MURRAY LOUIS: A CELEBRATION OF THE LEGENDARY CHOREOGRAPHER

Fri, Nov 20, 12 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

Murray Louis, one of modern dance’s most revered choreographers, revives his distinctive dances from the early Bach Suite (1956) to Geometrics (1974) to the eponymous Four Brubeck Pieces (1984). A panel discussion includes original dancers in the Murray Louis Dance Company, archival footage and a reading from Louis’s collection of essays, Inside Dance.

Fridays at Noon | EDISA WEEKS: DANCING ON THE SHOULDERS: RADICAL BLACK PRESENCE IN AMERICAN DANCE

Fir, Dec 11, 12 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

Choreographer Edisa Weeks invites others to share their work and discuss navigating the pressures to represent, redefine, radicalize and reflect their own point of view within the context of American Society.

Dig Dance | DANCING KOREA

Fri, Dec 18 and Sat, Dec 19, 8 pm; Sun, Dec 20, 3 pm, tickets from $20

This vibrant celebration of dance from Korea features traditional forms as well as new works by contemporary artists. Artists include Ju Bin Kim (winner of Dong Competition 2014), Youn Puluem, Won Kim, Yook Wan Soon, Moonsuk Choi, Suksoon Jung, Moon Lee Lee, Eun Mi Ahn, NungCoolPark and more.

OUT OF ISRAEL

Fri, Jan 15, 12 pm & 8 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

Israeli choreographers gather for a sixth year in our showcase highlighting the current vibe of bold, visceral Israeli contemporary dance. This concert presents excerpts of dances by Nir de Volff, DaNaKa Dance, Tami Stronach, Sharon Vazana and Omar and Tal Galan.

Master classes for pre-professional and professional dancers available on January 14.

Fridays at Noon | BRIAN ROGERS FOREFRONT: THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THEATER

Fri, Jan 22, 12 pm, tickets $10 online / $15 at door

Brian Rogers, the intrepid director of the award-winning The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long IslandCity, Queens, presents forward-thinking artists working in dance, theater, performance and multi-media to discuss their art and their careers.

Dig Dance | BROADWAY TAKES TWO

Fri, Apr 8, and Sat, Apr 9 at 8 PM; Sun, Apr 10, 3 PM, tickets from $25

Curated and directed by Justin Boccitto, Broadway Takes Two is an evening of classic and contemporary Broadway dance numbers reinvented by top choreographers and performed by New York’s finest dancers. Fun for the whole family!

Dig Dance | NEW YORK THEATER BALLET’S ALICE-IN-WONDERLAND FOLLIES

Sun, May 1, 3pm, tickets from $35 for adults, $25 for children

New York Theatre Ballet brings The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies with choreography by Keith Michael to 92Y! Follow Alice’s adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature.

 

Dig Dance | DANCE UP! THE NEXT GENERATION

Sun, May 8, 3 pm, tickets from $15

This juried, dynamic program features fresh works choreographed by high school dance artists throughout the metropolitan New York City area.

Dig Dance | KEIKO FUJII DANCE COMPANY: TAMASHII NO HIBIKI (SOUL VIBRATIONS)

Fri, May 20 and Sat, May 21, 8 pm; Sun, May 22, 3 pm, tickets from $25

Keiko Fujii Dance Company of Osaka, Japan, is joined by select dancers from New York in this collaboration with renowned Taiko drummer Kenny Endo. Tamashii no Hibiki/Soul Vibrations peeps into human beings’ minds, exploring the vibrations in the silent inner sanctuary of the body.

SPECIAL EVENT

CELEBRATING ALVIN AILEY: ROBERT BATTLE WITH BUDD MISHKIN

Tue, Nov 17, 8:15 pm, tickets from $32

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made their debut on the 92nd Street Y stage in 1958 and then later premiered the landmark Revelations in a now-fabled performance in 1960. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey Company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions more through television broadcasts. Hear from artistic director Robert Battle and other guests about their unique history, their exciting upcoming season, and the company’s remarkable journey.

92Y ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Provides Four Choreographers with Resources to Support the Creation and Performance of New Works

Throughout its 80-year history, the Harkness Dance Center has supported the work of the most innovative talent in dance – from José Limón and Doug Varone to Eleo Pomare and Pearl Lang – through residencies, space grants and as a performance venue.

 

Beginning with our 15/16 season, the Harkness Dance Center is creating a new vision of dance residency at 92Y, expanding our Artists in Residence (AIR) program to include multiple choreographers at different stages of their careers – Tina Kroll, John Jasperse, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Christopher Williams.

 

The 92Y Artists in Residence program provides rehearsal space, a stipend and educational resources to support the creation and performance of new works, giving these artists a place to create, explore and share their vision with the Harkness audience. Dance students and fans will have the rare privilege of participating in the creative process with our artists – observing open rehearsals, engaging in discussion about works-in-progress and seeing performances throughout the year.

Read full bios of each artist and learn more about the Artists in Residence program and the legacy of dance residency at 92Y.org/AIR

A pioneer in the New York dance community, Tina Croll is a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop and has studied with Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins and Nina Fonoroff and performed in the companies of José Limón, Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore, Arthur Bauman, James Cunningham and Judith Dunn, among others. She established Tina Croll + Company in New York City and performed with her company at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop, the Theatre of the RiversideChurch, ClarkCenter, and other theaters in the city. Ms. Croll is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, BenningtonCollege, the Gutman Foundation and other organizations.

John Jasperse is the 2011 US Artist Brooks Hopkins Fellow and has been awarded many prestigious prizes and fellowships including awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (2003), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), the National Endowment for the Arts (1992, 1994, 1995-96) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1988, 1994, 2000, 2010).

John Jasperse projects is a non-profit production structure supporting the artistic and choreographic work of dance artist John Jasperse. John Jasperse projects presents live performances of contemporary dance and engages in a broad range of residency activities in the United States and abroad. John Jasperse projects focuses primarily on the development of the new works which challenge and engage audiences in rich and innovative aesthetic and intellectual experiences, thereby expanding the form of contemporary dance and its relevance to the greater culture.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based writer, performer and choreographer. In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary projects that are raw, intimate experiences. Their first New York production, pent-up: a revenge dance premiered at Performance Space 122 and received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Outstanding Production; an immersive installation version was featured in the 2008 Prelude Festival. Bronx Gothic is their second collaboration, which continues to tour nationally and internationally. Their current project in development is Poor People’s TV Room; an early iteration was presented by LincolnCenter in the David Rubinstein Atrium in June 2014. Okpokwasili has been selected for a number of artist programs and awards and is a graduate of YaleUniversity. Recently named as a Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, she is working on a large part of the development of the Poor People’s TV Performance iteration at NYLA over the course of the next 2 years. The Poor People’s TV Room Installation is a component of Okpokwasili and Peter Born’s Poor People’s TV Room, a production of MAPP International Productions. The Installation has been created with support from LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program. The full production of Poor People’s TV Room was created in association with New York Live Arts, with lead support from New York Live Arts’ Resident Commission Artist program. It has been commission by the American Dance Institute and the Walker Art Center. It is supported by developmental residencies at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL; Brooklyn Creative Arts LAB (BRIC) in New York; The Rauschenberg Residency (Robert Rauschenberg Foundation) on Captiva Island, FL; and Wesleyan University (Middlebury, CT).  An early work-in-progress iteration of Poor People’s TV Room was presented by Lincoln Center in the David Rubinstein Atrium in June 2014.

 

 

Christopher Williams is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and puppeteer devoted to creating new movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. In addition to touring internationally in France, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Holland, Russia, and England, as well as nationally in Kalamazoo, Princeton, and Philadelphia, his work has been presented in many New York City venues including City Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop the Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Judson Church, as well as in the Late Night Cabaret of the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, and via American Opera Projects in OPERA America′s New Works Forum.

Read full bios of each artist and learn more about the program at 92Y.org/AIR

The Harkness Dance Center Artists in Residence (AIR) program receives funding from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc.


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