Aaron Mattocks, the organization’s Director of Programming, will step down effective July 15, 2022. Since arriving at The Joyce over four years ago, Aaron programmed artists that celebrate the diversity of voices and forms that make our city the world’s dance capital and helped strengthen The Joyce’s legacy as one of the world’s top presenters of dance artists. An official search for Mattocks’s replacement will commence immediately.
Linda Shelton said today, “During Aaron’s tenure, our audiences were treated to dozens of Joyce debuts including Ayodele Casel, Dormeshia, Indigenous Enterprise, and Black Grace, and more live music than ever before. The COVID-era digital presentations he programmed were awarded three 2021 New York Dance and Performance Awards (aka "Bessies") for outstanding new productions. Working alongside Aaron, The Joyce had successful collaborations with Prototype Festival, Carnegie Hall, Bang on a Can, and Dance Lab New York’s inaugural Women of Color in Classical Ballet lab. Although Aaron will no longer be our Director of Programming, I look forward to working together on future projects in other capacitites and the board and I wish him only the best.”
Aaron Mattocks added, “I am grateful to Linda Shelton and the board of directors for the opportunity that The Joyce has provided me over the last several years to serve the dance field in such an impactful way. Coming directly from my career as a performing artist and independent producer, my time at The Joyce has been rigorous and unflagging, richly rewarding, and hugely educational. My knowledge of the field is forever changed. I am inspired by so many incredible artists and colleagues who do this difficult work each and every day, and I look forward to exploring my evolving role with artists and being a core part of the creative process in the months and years to come.”