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AUG 19 | In-Person & Livestreamed 

 

A bouquet of eight New York City-based companies reveals the wonderful array of dance that thrives in the Big Apple.

 

Feast your eyes and ears on an exploration of rhythm through tap, a duet about frustration in faith, the celebrated and innovative in classical ballet, and a collaboration of music and dance. A solo by New York City Ballet principal dancer, Taylor Stanley, a theatrical exploration of dreamworlds, and a tribute to the exotic Peruvian diva Yma Sumac round out the program.

 

Thank you to our independent Curatorial Panel for shaping the program from over 240 applications. See detailed program information below.

Time & Location 

In-person: 7pm EDT at Robert F. Wagner Park. Click here for directions.

Online: The link for the 7pm livestream will be posted here on the day of the event. The video will be available to watch for 10 days after the premiere and will expire on Aug 29th.


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Program


AKIRA UCHIDA, MADDY WRIGHT, & JOSHUA STRMIC

Full Stop. Start Again. | World Premiere

Two movement artists and a percussionist share an interest in the roles played inside the creative process and the desire to experiment with the exchange and redistribution of those roles as themes of power, control, dependency, and dialogue emerge.

 

About the Company

As three independent artists, each experienced in their respective realms, Akira Uchida, Joshua Strmic and Maddy Wright have looked forward to the prospect of an interdisciplinary collaboration of dance and music. In August of 2020, they began establishing their process as a trio, which has quickly developed into an active project called Full Stop. Start Again. After completing two residencies in 2021, *TBD* looks forward to continuing their work for future performance opportunities.

www.akirauchida.com

BATTERY DANCE

Ode to Yma

A miniature tribute to the exotic Peruvian diva, Yma Sumac, who entranced Hollywood and Soviet opera houses, entranced with her 4+ octave range and glamorous appearance.  The Company thanks the New York-based artist Jaime Vasquez, Sumac’s nephew, for the inspiration to celebrate his aunt!

 

About the Company

Battery Dance was founded in 1976 in New York City’s Financial District by choreographer Jonathan Hollander, a Fulbright Lecturer and former professional dancer. The Company has since earned critical accolades for its exquisite choreography and virtuosic dancers, while becoming a leader in social activism at home and abroad. Battery Dance developed ‘Dancing to Connect’ in 2006, an arts education program that puts the tools of choreography into the hands of young people with or without prior dance training. Since then, 300,000 students in NYC public high schools and students in 60 countries around the world have benefited from this training.

batterydance.org

CHR PROJECT

VIRTUOSO | NYC Premiere

The relationship between tap dance and musical instruments produces a combination of sounds and rhythms where there are no limits for creativity and exploration.

 

About the Company

Charles Renato was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Charles is a very known teacher and choreographer throughout the US and the world. He recently did a European tour teaching and performing in 8 countries. After he moved to NYC Mr. Renato has been working with Apt 33 directed by Chloe Arnold and performed with Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance. He was part of the faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway and he is currently an Artist Resident at American Tap Dance Foundation and member of Break the Floor Productions.

www.charlesrenato.com

CHRISTIAN WARNER

Deliver Us

Originally created in 2015 to “Ave Maria” by Barbara Bonney, this duet was a choreographic response to inner frustrations with his faith and in an attempt to justify the chaos around him.  Warner revisited the work in the pandemic context of 2020 with a more developed movement language.

 

About the Company

Christian A Warner is a New York-based freelance artist and choreographer. His performance credits include working with companies such as Boca Tuya, TU Dance, and Deeply Rooted; acquiring rep by Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, and Marcus J. Willis, he was also a founding dancer in “Come Through” – an evening-length collaboration with the Grammy-award winning band Bon Iver. Other dance credits include repertoire acquired by Aszure Barton, Troy Powell, Sonya Tayeh, & Dwight Rhoden. His choreography has led him to create at various universities.

www.instagram.com/itschristianalexander

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

The Prayer of Daphnis | NYC Premiere

Excerpted from his reimagining of The Ballets Russe production of “Daphnis & Chloé” with Maurice Ravel’s 1912 score, Williams reappropriates themes of the second century novel by Greek romancer Longus on which it is based. This re-imagining of the original ballet’s dramatic scenario through a contemporary queer lens is performed by Taylor Stanley, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

 

About the Artist

Christopher Williams is a “Bessie” award-winning choreographer working in NYC and abroad since 1999. His works have been presented internationally in Colombia, Holland, Spain, Malawi, France, England, Italy, and Russia as well as in many New York City venues including Lincoln Center, City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, PS 122, La Mama, and the 92nd Street Y. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

www.christopherwilliamsdance.org

DOLLY SFEIR

It will happen again tonight.

A strange society, at the mercy of god’s bratty daughter, is twisted through a series of dreamworlds: a birthday party, a clown nightmare, a street fight, a tidal wave. Fear, delusion, and anxiety fill the shifting fantasy, exploring the neurosis of a dream.

 

About the Company

Lebanese choreographer Dolly Sfeir probes the instability of contemporary life through a fantastical and cinematic lens. She was the 2019 Grand Prize recipient of the Palm Desert Choreography Competition. She received a choreographic fellowship from Jacob’s Pillow, two choreographic residencies with Mare Nostrum Elements, and a residency with for the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York. Additionally, she has been offered a residency with CUNY Dance Initiative to develop a full-length work. She graduated from CSULB with a BFA in Dance.

dollysfeir.com

JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY

846 (Rite of Spring) | World Premiere

In a reinterpretation of the classic Rite of Spring in which a maiden is sacrificed in a primitive ritual, Jackson asks why must our nation rely on the sacrifice of black bodies to survive?

 

About the Company

JJDC was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. The movement and storylines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience but to pass on dance tradition to people of all ages.

www.jamaljacksondancecompany.org

NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

Rondo & Size of the Sky 

Rondo is Jerome Robbins’ pas de deux for two women choreographed in 1980 for New York City Ballet to music by Mozart. Original cast member, Kyra Nichols, staged this revival for NYTB. Size of the Sky, choreographed by Nicolo Fonte to music by Kelly Moran, was commissioned by NYTB for its 2021 spring season of LIFT Lab Live. New York Theatre Ballet, then called The Dance Ring, performed

 

About the Company

With its ever-expanding repertory, New York Theatre Ballet’s cutting-edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up-and-coming choreographers. Going strong for over 40 years, New York Theatre Ballet’s diversity in repertory explores the past while boldly taking risks on the future. Visit www.nytb.org for more information about the Company.

www.nytb.org