The Boogie Down Dance Series
BAAD! (Westchester Square section of the Bronx)
Taking its title from the borough’s nickname, The Boogie Down, the annual BAAD! spring dance festival returns with a mix of home grown dance from the Bronx and around the city featuring works by Brother(hood) Dance!, Raja Feather Kelly, Niv Acosta, Antonio Ramos, Miguel Anaya, Maria Bauman, Jumatatu Poe and Anthony Rosado and many more. For more information visit www.BAADBronx.org
Lauren Ree Slone, Eli Tamondong/Projectile Imagery and Jacob Slominski
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
April 30 – May 2
For "Work Up," one of the many performance series at Gibney Dance, Slone, Tamondong and Slominski will present a range of works. Find out more here
Lyon Opera Ballet
April 29 – May 3
Lyon Opera Ballet will perform a range of works by internationally known choreographers William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied and Emanuel Gat. Find out more here
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s “PEEKS”
The Actors Fund
Sidra Bell, Da'von Doane and Lloyd Knight will present works-in-process as part of PEEKS, “...a low-pressure environment to experiment and receive feeback from a live audience.” Find out more here
Nimbus Dance Works
Artistic director, Samuel Pott offers repertory and seminal works including Charles Weidman's Lynchtown, Pearl Primus' Strange Fruit, and Pott's We Aquiesce for this event. Find out more here
Food for Thought
April 30 – May 2
The annual food drive performance series, Food for Thought, curated by choreographers Jeanine Durning, Iréne Hultman and David Thomson runs for three nights. Food for Thought collects canned food for St. Mark's Church food distribution programs. Admission for each evening is 2 cans of food + $5, or $10 with no cans. Find our more here
April 29 (preview), April 30- May 9
HERE will present the world premiere of Davis’s Bloowst windku [bloom-twist-windmill-haiku] made through the Artist Residency Program. “Davis creates a performance for three dancers in which sound, light, and movement are compositional equals,” according to the release. Find out more here
Steps Repertory Ensemble
Ailey Citigroup Theater
April 30-May 2
Artistic director Bradley Shelver and the Steps Repertory Ensemble will present works by established and emerging choreographers Mike Esperanza, Francesca Harper, Jae Man Joo, Lar Lubovitch and Shelver. Find out more here
Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck
April 30 – May 2
Choreographer Djordjevich and composer Peck premieres MASS “… a gradual dance on a pedestal for three women, created as part of an ongoing collaboration between them,” according to the release. Find out more here
Hostos Center for the Arts
Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwickstep” Dionisio’s hip hop dance group Full Circle presents OUTSIDE THE BACHX, a Hip Hop Theater Production commissioned by Washington D.C.’s The Kennedy Center. Find out more here
WestFest Dance Festival
Westbeth Residence Building
April 30-May 3
The annual festival presented in the Westbeth Artists’ Residence building will feature site-specific performances in multiple spaces within the building as well as a series of performances on the top floor studio, which was home to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and now houses the Martha Graham Dance Company. Find out more here
Whitney V. Hunter
April 30-May 9
Hunter presents a Public Performance and Installation as part of “Open Practice.” Find out more here
From the Limon Dance Foundation :-
Heralding a new chapter in its sixty-nine year history, the José Limón Dance Foundation is announcing an international search for a new Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company to follow Carla Maxwell. The Foundation is now seeking applications for this position and hopes to appoint someone during the 2015-2016 Season. Ms. Maxwell will transition to a new role as Legacy Director of the Foundation and will continue to lead the Company during the search. Ms. Maxwell says “As we approach our 70th anniversary, I am very excited that we are embarking on a long-term strategy to ensure the life of Limón’s legacy for the next 70 years, and assert its relevance to future generations”.
The selection process will be guided by a committee of Directors led by former Chairman of the Board Robert A. Meister, in consultation with a committee of artistic advisors. Meister states, “ José Limón is recognized as one of our country’s irreplaceable dance treasures, and we are immeasurably grateful that Carla will remain active helping the José Limón Dance Foundation fulfill his ideals.” As Chairman of the Board Tomas Rossant notes, “Carla’s continued association will help the company remain true to Limón’s artistic and humanistic vision. ”
Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern danc e since its inception in 1946. Having pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, the Limón Company set an example for the entire dance field. Now, over the last four decades since Limon’s passing, the Company has created a unique repertory that gives our audiences an overview of some of the best and most important choreography, new and old, in the dance world. The Company is the living legacy of the philosophy of theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized the American dance. Now in its 69th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices. The Company is one of the two components of the José Limón Dance Foundation, which also conducts educational programs and disseminates the Limón repertory through the Limón Institute. Most recently, the Foundation was awarded a National Medal of the arts in 2008, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
José Limón (Founder/Choreographer, 1908–1972) electrified with his dynamic, masculine dancing and dramatic choreography. Limón was born in Culiacan, Mexico, on January 12, 1908, and moved to California in 1915. In 1928, he came to New York and saw his first dance program: “What I saw simply and irrevocably changed my life. I saw the dance as a vision of ineffable power. A man could, with dignity and towering majesty, dance….as Michelangelo's visions dance and as the music of Bach dances.” He enrolled in the dance school of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman and, from 1930 to 1940, performed in works created by his teachers, in 1946, with Doris Humphrey as artistic director, Limón formed his own company. Over the following 25 years, he built it into one of America's most important modern dance institutions.
Doris Humphrey (Founder/Choreographer, 1895–1958) is recognized as one of the founders of American modern dance. Her legacy is a distinctive movement approach based on the body's relationship to gravity and the use of weight and her choreographic contribution include many works considered modern dance classics. She performed for the Humphrey-Weidman Company between 1928 and 1944, a collaboration that produced great dances as well as some outstanding performers, José Limón among them. When physical disability ended her career as a dancer, she became the artistic director for José Limón and his company, creating new works for him as well as choreographing for The Juilliard Dance Theater.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:00 am – 10:00 am
@ 280 Broadway
Gibney Dance is excited to offer two hours of shared rehearsal space for just $8 per person!
Shared Space is ideal for individual dancers, choreographers, and teachers in need of affordable space to rehearse or prepare material. Find out more/sign up here.
The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) invites New York City-based dance companies to apply to an open call for the sixth annual Making Moves, a dance celebration to be held on September 26, 2015 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC).
Making Moves Dance Festival presents NYC's emerging dance companies and choreographers for a two-part showcase featuring diverse and original works that span the globe and dance genres. Making Moves offers three opportunities for dance companies and choreographers. Click here for full RFP.
Making Moves is supported, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
From The folks at The International Association for Blacks in Dance
The Kennedy Center Honors 2015
Dear IABD Family:
Join our campaign to nominate the legendary Donald McKayle to receive The Kennedy Center Honors 2015:
"Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, has been named by the Dance Heritage Coalition as 'one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100.' " His choreographic masterworks, considered modern dance classics, Games, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, District Storyville, and Songs of the Disinherited are performed around the world. He has choreographed over ninety works for dance companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre serve as repositories for his works. He is the Artistic Mentor for the Limón Dance Company. Ten retrospectives have honored his choreography. In April 2005, Donald McKayle was presented with a medal as a Master of African American Choreography... donaldmckayle.com
The annual televised Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing the highest contributions in American fine arts, is attended by the United States of America President. It is a monumental display of excellence for one's contributions in the arts. With extensive history of excellence in TV, film, stage, literature, music, and more, Mr. McKayle, now in his 80s, having endured several health issues, is still teaching/choreographing at UC Irvine and presenting his dance company Etudes. He is invincible!
Please have your company members, staff, faculty, students and patrons, friends, community, city arts officials, etc. to help make this a reality by following this link and clicking on "Recommend an Honor."
Suggestion: Lead your groups of voters by having them each pull out their cell phones, ipads, computers, etc. and vote at the same time. Then it is done!!
If you have any inquiries, please contact C. Anthony Cole, (assistant to IABD board member, Sandra Foster-King, presenter of the 2001 IABD Conference and Festival held in San Diego, CA.)
C. Anthony Cole, MFA
Executive Artistic Director
WHY A DIGITAL DANCE FORT?
Dance works are made of a mix of ideas, physical practice, happenstance, forgetting, remembering, minor epiphanies and daily discoveries, joined together piece-by-piece over time. DANCE FORT is our vision of a digital portal to our creative practice. It is designed to be shared with a broad audience as a lively, interactive and inventive experience with the choreographic process. A mix of digital artifacts, text and media materials, DANCE FORT can serve as a template for other dance artists who are interested in new ways of creating archives of process and product. Developed in tandem with our dance work A History (2012), we imagine DANCE FORT: A History as a virtual play-book; part installation and part digital artifact, it is our rendering of an artist-driven archive.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Kean University, Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."