David Dorfman on reviving and strippingLightbulb Theory and Impending Joy
For the last week of 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Festival, I’m bringing back a popular favorite, Lightbulb Theory,and Impending Joy, which hasn’t been performed since 2004, when it premieredwith Lightbulb Theory.Though I rarely restage my works, I’m starting to look back a bit and am excited about presenting these companion dances on the same program again.
I find it really fun to get the movement back, especially with the festival’s Stripped/Dressed format. I’ll experiment by performingLightbulb Theory with a quartet of dancers, as originally staged, and also with five, six and seven dancers. It’s a chance to show not justLightbulb Theory’s flexible structure, but the way the feeling of the dance shifts depending on how many performers are involved. Then the audience will see Impending Joy, a dance for four people, fully “dressed” in its customary theatrical garb and with its usual four dancers.
Because I see my work as radical, humanistic dance with avant-garde accessibility, the Stripped/Dressed format, with its demystifying approach to dance, is a good fit. I like challenging people in a very embracing way.
Fri-Sun, Mar 21-23
Sizzle in your salsa shoes this spring!
Intro to Salsa
Fire up the dance floor! Learn the basics of salsa dancing and spend the spring showing off your sizzlin’ moves. Singles and couples welcome.
Thu, starts Apr 24, 8-9 pm, 4 sessions
Pilobolus, Rokafella, Dance Molinari
Teaching our teens this summer!
This summer your teen (ages 13 to 17) can nurture skills, build repertoire and discover a whole new world of movement with eminent artists and instructors—all in one breathless week at 92Y.
Kids who love to dance develop their creativity and confidence through daily classes in hip-hop, jazz, choreography and dance history. “Field trips” within 92Y include special classes in swimming, tumbling, arts and crafts, and acrobatics.
Did you know that this Saturday,March 22, is 92Y’s 140th birthday? What better way to celebrate than by joining us for a night of contemporary dance at the Harkness Dance Center, a historic home for new frontiers in the art of movement.
David Dorfman Dance
Sat, Mar 22, 8 pm
Flamenco meets classical at 92Y
Don’t miss it when Spanish guitarist Paco Peña, “a genuine virtuoso” (The New York Times), teams up with “the king of American classical guitar” (The New Yorker), Eliot Fisk, to play pieces from the classical and flamenco repertoires.
Thu, Apr 24, 7:30 pm
Balanchine’s Early Years
Elizabeth Kendall discusses her new book on Balanchine and his muse Lydia Ivanova, as choreographer Troy Schumacher explores the work Balanchine created between 1917 and 1924.
Sun, Apr 13, 7:30 pm
FREE Spring Fling at 92Y’s May Center
Enjoy a day on us! Check out our remodeled gym facility, with cutting-edge Technogym equipment; new gymnastics studio; ozone-purified pool; and 25 drop-in classes. Special activities from 6 to 8 pm include raffles and free samples.
$0 registration fee if you sign up for membership same day!