The Ailey Citigroup Theater
Celebrating the diversity of contemporary dance, the American Dance Guild, thirty-three artists/companies will be presented on several programs, while three living legends of modern dance - Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco, Douglas Dunn, founder of Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and Bill Evans, founder of Bill Evans Dance Company will be honored. All will be presenting works with their companies.
About the Honorees:
Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco now celebrating its 45th year, received the Presidential Medal of Honor in the Arts from President Obama in 2013. She brings her company to ADG one week ahead of their home season at the Kimmel Theatre in Philadelphia. Opening night will feature soloist Hope Boykin, former member of Philadanco, performing courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. On Friday, the company will perform Gatekeepers, an expansive, uplifting work for seven dancers choreographed for them by Ron K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company. Dancers will be Adryan Moorefield, Rosita Amano, Courtney Robinson, Roxanne Lyst, Elyse Browning, Janine Beckles, Joe Gonzales. Original music by Wumni Olaiya. (Thurs., Dec. 4 and Fri., Dec. 5).
Douglas Dunn, the internationally acclaimed and much loved member of the New York dance scene since the late 1960’s, will show Near Miss, a work set to the music of Mozart and Bach. Dancers will be Jules Bakshi, Alexandra Berger, Douglas Dunn, Emily Pope-Blackman, Paul Singh, Jake Szczypek, Timothy Ward. On Sunday, Janet Charleston will perform a solo created specially for her by Mr. Dunn (Thurs., Dec. 4, Sat., Dec. 6, and Sun., Dec. 7).
Bill Evans, whose company is celebrating its 40th season this year, will perform his acclaimed solo Three Preludes to Gershwin music on opening night Dec. 4, and will bring his full company of eight dancers to perform Colony, on Sun., Dec. 7. Dancers will be Ryanne Currie, MacKenzie Ferrara, Abbey Hemmann, Sylvia Larraca, Devon Larcher, Megan McQuarrie, Angela Miller and Francis Rivera Pacheco (Thurs., Dec. 4 and Sun., Dec. 7).John Pennington will present the NYC premiere of Daniel Nagrin’s legendary solo, Man of Action (learned directly from Mr. Nagrin), and Gesel Mason will dance Donald McKayle’s, Saturday’s Child. The Festival will also feature Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and works by Jody Oberfelder, Sarah Skaggs, Loretta Fois & Sabatino Verlezza, Ara Fitzgerald & Clare Byrne, Amy Pivar and more. Find out more here
This series of new choreography features works by all male dancers. Curated by Doug Post, featured choreographers are: Ranardo Grays, Joe Monteleone, Emily Bufferd and Scott Schneider. Find out more here
The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
14th Street Y
In association with the Dance Series at The 14th Street Y, the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents ANNA'S AMERICANA, a program of works that includes Sokolow's Preludes and Homage to Edgar Allan Poe, plus Georgia & Me, a solo portrait, conceived, written and performed by Sarah Ford. Find out more here
Jessica Lang Dance
BAM – Fisher
For her company’s BAM debut, Lang premieres The Wanderer, “…a narrative ballet set to Franz Shubert’s Die schöne Müllerin—a song cycle based on poems by Wilhelm Müller,” notes the release. The company of nine dancers will be joined onstage by pianist Tyson Deaton and vocalist Steven LaBrie. Find out more here
New York Live Arts
NYLA presents the world premiere of Greenberg’s This, part of “…Greenberg’s ongoing investigation of meaning-making…This works against the grain of performance conventions of representation and interpretation through dance. Instead, the work presents dance as an experience of the performance moment, in and of itself,” according to the release. Find out more here
Milteri Tucker & Bombazo Dance Co. + Christal Brown
Bronx Museum – First Fridays
Free dance performances and participation continue at the Bronx Museum with contemporary dancer Christal Brown and Milteri Tucker & Bombazo Dance Co., a group that fuses the traditional Afro–Puerto Rican dance bomba with ballet and modern dance. Find out more here