AUG 18 | In-Person & Livestreamed
Tonight’s closing performance at our inaugural season in Rockefeller Park is a showcase of the best of dance in our world today. We will have 3 debut performances from tap, ballet, and contemporary companies from NYC and Texas. Finally, we’ll bid you farewell with four offerings from some festival favorites.
This program is made possible in part by our international partner organizations: DutchCultureUSA at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, 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.
Thank you everyone for joining us this week, and see you again next year!
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 28.
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ADRIANA OGLE & TORU SAKURAGI and friends
Softly as in a Morning Glow – extended set | NYC Premiere
Starting as a duet, Toru choreographed “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” with an exploration of flow, rhythm, grounding, and playfulness in mind; Adriana first choreographed to “Moonglow” in 2012 as a dedication to Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, and this is a living piece with choreography that evolves and deepens alongside new understandings. In this set, Toru will premiere a new acapella tribute to Lon Chaney as well as another piece (set to music) to explore understandings of John Coltrane and spirituality. Adriana’s new piece touches on how names connect to legacies and what is inherited within legacies. This set is our first expanded collaboration, and we are thrilled to also feature collaborations with music producer Nkosi Edwards.
“Wind-Up” is a playful contemporary ballet for 4 dancers drawing inspiration from flocking birds and what their relationships might be to each other, with music by Ryan Anthony Francis. The music also borrows themes from other musical works that reference birdsong. “Wind-Up” premiered at New York Theatre Ballet’s Lift Lab Live April 2021.
BRUCE WOOD DANCE
In My Your Head | NYC Premiere
In My Your Head by Bruce Wood Dance artistic director and resident choreographer, Joy Bollinger, is a highly relevant, viscerally kinetic work to the music of British pop band Radiohead. The piece explores the emotional turmoil of a disillusioned generation in contemporary American society. In the midst of a divisive political landscape, In My Your Head explores the effects of propaganda, government distrust, and future frailty. Bollinger’s work moves from the mundane, to the mad, to the mournful at a frenetic, tender, and riveting pace.
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.
Like Those Playground Kids at Midnight
“Playground Kids” is a journey towards self empowerment. We study our internal conflicts in relation to what is deemed acceptable within our political and societal body. The work takes the audience on a sensual journey of fearless narratives.
*Playground Kids premiered at the 2020 Chop Shop: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, Seattle, WA. This engagement was supported by the festival and the generosity of our donors.
POWER | World Premiere
POWER Is a solo dance work which explores the concept of power from several perspectives. Movement wise, the work experiments with the idea of power and control in the body, and the dynamism of flow and softness, journeying from zero to 100 and back from 100 to zero. It is also about the act of manifesting, i.e. the power to make things happen that exists within each of us. It is about making and achieving goals. Finally, the piece also celebrates the power of nature: the wind, a force that we can feel, but we can’t see; that force that passes before the sun without leaving a trace, a pressure to ” flow ” that you can’t halt, but can keep.
This performance is supported by DutchCultureUSA at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York.
The Wind in the Olive Grove
Saeed Hani explores the sense of home in Hofmann’s Olive Grove and Wind paintings, and its relation to the natural beauty of Syria and the spiral of war that has forced a generation of artists to flee. The olive tree is a symbol of his Syrian homeland and reminds him of a time of innocence during his childhood when no one could conceive that events would tear the country apart. In utter contrast is Hofmann’s representation of wind which represents, for Hani, the upheaval and chaos that descended on his country and forced him to leave.
This performance is made possible by The Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust.