AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE CANCELLATION OF 2021 SEASON AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
DIGITAL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES PLANNED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2021
American Ballet Theatre announced today the cancellation of its 2021 Season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The season, originally planned for June and July of 2021, has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on non-essential gatherings.
In the months ahead, American Ballet Theatre plans robust offerings of new choreography, created in remote ballet bubbles under strict medical and health guidelines in upstate New York and Southern California, and additional locations to be announced. Digital productions and outdoor socially distanced performances around the United States are planned for
spring 2021. Outdoor performances in and around New York City are in the works for summer 2021.
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Reggie Wilson of Reggie Wilson's Fist & Heel Performance Group in "Power" @ ICA (Boston)
Annique Roberts of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in “Mercy”@ Joyce
Nacera Belaza & Meryem Jazouli in "A Shared Evening" @ Danspace Project
Ayodele Casel's "Diary of a Tap Dancer@ New York City Center
Melanie Greene on Sapphire @ Gibney's "Living Gallery"
Jamar Robert in his Morani/Mungu (Black Warrior/Black God)
Natasha M. Diamond-Walker Lamentation by Martha Graham
Dormeshia in Lady Swings the Blues
Calvin Royal III in Kyle Abraham’s to be seen
@ New York City Center's "Fall For Dance"
Jared Brown, Lloyd Knight, Sara Mearns, Shamel Pitts, Annique Roberts, Cassandra Trenary and Michael Trusnovec in Molissa Fenley’s 1988 State of Darkness @ The Joyce
Holly Bass in Moneymaker @ NYLA (streamed and in-person from the sidewalk)
Urban Bush Women’s Artist Journal
Raja Feather of The Feath3r Theory in Hysteria @ NYLA (streamed or in-person from the sidewalk)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in their first ever virtual season. Among other treasures, there was a re-imagined celebration of the timeless classic, Revelations.
The Shed's second Open Call, a large-scale, commissioning program for early-career artists across performance, visual arts, and popular culture was announced.
Each artist, who lives or works in the five boroughs, was selected by The Shed along with 50 external industry professionals and artists across disciplines to create and present new work at The Shed beginning in summer 2021 and continuing into 2022.
The list of dance artists are:
Ana María Agüero Jahannes.
Benjamin Akio Kimitch
Alice Sheppard & Kinetic Light
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From Audrey Ross:
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Aileen Passloff, dancer/choreographer/teacher and inspiration to generations of dancers. Aileen passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, at 10:45 PM after a brave five-year battle with breast cancer. Arthur Aviles and Charlotte Hendrickson, two of Aileen's longtime friends and company members, were with her when she died.
Born in the Bronx, October 21, 1931, Aileen never remembered a time when she didn't dance. She attended SAB, where she met James Waring, and made her debut in Waring's company in 1945 at the age of 14. The performance took place at the 92nd Street Y, site of Aileen's last performance in January 2019. She danced with Remy Charlip, Katherine Litz, Toby Armour, and acted in the plays of Irene Fornes. She had her own company in NYC for 10 years and headed the dance department at Bard College for 26 years where, among her many remarkable students, were Arthur Aviles, Liz Prince, Dusan Tynek, Anne Bogart, David Parker, and Charlotte Hendrickson. She was awarded a post-doctoral Fulbright in Spanish dance and taught performance at the Conservatory of Dance in Madrid. Because much of her work was shown at Judson Church, she considered that venue her artistic home, and was an artist-in-residence there. All her life, Aileen was passionate about dancing and teaching.
Catherine Tharin, Aileen's friend and former student, remarked that "Aileen was truly amazing throughout because she was choreographing and teaching up to a few weeks before succumbing. She never complained. She and I spoke every week during covid - lengthy conversations about art, politics, people. She barely mentioned what she was going through, but remained upbeat and wanted to shift the conversation away from her health. She always spoke about how grateful she was for her life as an artist. She always looked for and acknowledged beauty."
A memorial celebration is being planned and will be announced at a later date.
The Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 17 - Saturday, March, 20, 2021 and will be fully digital. As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the metropolitan New York City area, the Symposium is a meeting place for the dance field to exchange ideas, expand networks, sharpen organizational practices, and deepen the inquiry around New York City’s legacy and trajectory of dance-making. Save the date! Registration opens December 2020.
Introducing the Symposium Programming Committee
The Symposium Programming Committee exists to advise Dance/NYC in the programming and direction of Dance/NYC’s yearly Symposium—and, by extension, further the dance field in NYC.
For the latest program and registration information, visit Dance.NYC.
We are so pleased to introduce our new Kinetic Light Fellows: Shoshana Freund, an emerging lighting designer, and Mel Chua, a hacker, engineer, scholar, and multimodal polyglot. Shoshana and Mel will be mentored by Kinetic Light artists Michael Maag and Laurel Lawson, respectively.
This pilot fellowship program is focused on advancing the disability arts and culture movement. It enables disabled artists, designers, technologists, and/or arts administrators to practice their craft alongside Kinetic Light artists, to develop their work in the context of disability art, and to support our groundbreaking work.
For the pilot program, Fellows were accepted through a nomination process. Future programs will be open, for application, to a broad range of artistic and technical disciplines. This fellowship is not designed for dancers or actors in an onstage capacity. Stay tuned for future program opportunities and please join us in enthusiastically welcoming Shoshana and Mel!
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University 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."