AUG 16 | In-Person & Livestreamed
Celebrate getting over this week’s work hump with an amazing assortment of dance, including ballet and contemporary, as well works from the Hawaiian Islands and Eastern Europe. As a noteworthy treat, Jerron Herman, a soulful disabled movement artist, will inspire us with his new solo work Lax.
This program is made possible in part by our international partner organizations: the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, UNATC & unteatru Theatre, and the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
Thank you to our independent Curatorial Panel for selecting these wonderful companies. See detailed program information below.
In-person: 7pm EDT at Rockefeller Park. Click here for directions.
The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 26.
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JULIAN DONAHUE DANCE
Intimate duet for two women exploring gesture as it relates to two femme presenting bodies.
CITADEL + COMPAGNIE
SOUDAIN L’HIVER DERNIER
Originally created for Montréal Danse in 1987, this remarkable dance for two men explores variations on the theme of not failing someone. Lifting or supporting a body always implies some kind of trust, and this choreography by James Kudelka distills this bedrock faith. Filled with symbols of male strength, and also male reliance, the movement embodies the notion that these are two solitudes that both border and protect each other.
This performance is supported by the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
TEODORA VELESCU AND LARI GIORGESCU
The dance performance “Special People” invites the audience to become aware of contemporary people’s exacerbated self-centered nature. The word “special” ironically describes individuals who picture themselves as superior to everybody else because they happen to be richer yet who rely on external, trivial props, and not on their inherent worth, to draw attention to themselves and claim their position on the social ladder. The performance is structured in five sequences based on an original vocabulary of movement to portray how the consuming desire for material goods impact one’s body and attitude; the fabulous costumes made by the designer and scenographer Corina Boboc and the original soundtrack complement the expressive choreography to create a vivid picture of the absurdity of a purely materialistic life.
This performance is a co-production of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, UNATC & unteatru Theatre.
Lax | World Premiere
Lax is a punk concert in a sleep store, at least in the mind of the performer. It’s an observation on how getting rest is athletic and energetic through a disabled lens.
Jerron Herman was commissioned by the Stephen Petronio Company for the 2023 Bloodlines(future) Program, made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE
NOW | NYC Premiere
NOW premiered by Carolyn Dorfman Dance in NJ in 2022. A dance for eleven virtuosic dancers was created on the Company by renaissance artist and nationally renowned dancer, choreographer Juel D. Lane (a former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member currently dancing with Broadway, dance, and TV award-winning choreographer and director Camille A. Brown). NOW showcases Juel’s signature fast-paced, heart-stopping choreography in a defiant journey of thriving and creating despite the fearful and difficult time in which we continue to find ourselves.
Edible Tales (Excerpts): Soul Food & Kanaloa | NYC Premiere
The work explores cultural heritage, social justice and sustainability, using food topics. Kanaloa is the vast depths of the unconscious, the primordial connection we have to all life on earth and each other, and the origin of all freshwater. Kanaloa is the natural process of the ocean, the waves, the salt water, the currents, and all living things inside of the ocean. The ocean is the highway by which not only humans migrate across geographic areas, but our food as well. The work is a contemporary dance celebration of our origins, our migrations, the foods we bring with us. Soul Food is a process of remembering, digging deep into the ancestral memories through percussion and dance steps to connect with ourselves, our ancestors, and heal from the trauma placed on generations of African American bodies.