Events – Danspace Project

Compagnie Nacera Belaza

Thursday, October 4, 8pm: Sur Le Fil (runtime: 45 minutes)
Friday, October 5, 8pm: Sur Le Fil (runtime: 45 minutes)
Saturday, October 6, 8pm: Sur Le Fil, La Nuit, La Traversée (runtime: 80 minutes)

Co-presented by Danspace Project and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of the Crossing The Line Festival.

*Please arrive on time! There is no late seating for these performances!*

Algerian-born dancer and choreographer Nacera Belaza presents three of her acclaimed works. Belaza’s feminist, minimalist choreography emerges from an awareness of the body, of space, and of interior emptiness.

Sur le Fil encompasses all humanity, from a teenager’s bedroom to death row. Belaza applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers, who achieve an ecstatic-like state on stage. In doing so they verge on the threshold of escape or transcendence for both performer and the viewer.

On Saturday, October 6, Belaza offers a potent triptych of Sur le Fil, alongside La Nuit, a solo danced by Belaza that delves into both the intimately personal and the infinitely universal, and La Traversée, in which the progression and memory of gestures and movements are passed along through ritual and inheritance.

Choreography, Sound & Light Design: Nacera Belaza
Sur le fil: Nacera Belaza, Aurélie Berland, Dalila Belaza
La Nuit: Nacera Belaza
La traversée: Dalila Belaza, Aurélie Berland
Technician: Christophe Renaud

Presented as part of BRIDGING, an initiative co-developed and supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. This evening is supported by FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

(c) Eleanor Bauer

Eleanor Bauer: A lot of moving parts

Choreographer Eleanor Bauer works with the frictions, collisions, translations, love affairs, and gaps between dance and language. Bauer presents the U.S. premiere of A lot of moving parts, her first solo work since the acclaimed (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS), created in 2009 and last performed in New York in 2012. This will be the first time she has performed at Danspace Project since 2005, when she made a splash with her solo ELEANOR!

With A lot of moving parts Bauer questions the place of writing within a bodily practice often derived from oral transmissions. She has assembled years of dance practices, scores, and writings into what she calls “a long-exposure portrait” of how dance thinks through her and how she thinks through dance.

Writes Bauer, “In Swedish, to feel and to know are the same verb: coincidence, or poetic justice? A lot of moving parts dwells in the untranslatable, absorbent, inclusive, non-hierarchical, protean, mercurial, and expansive nature of embodied thought in movement, by getting intimate with uncertainty, making the invisible visible, knitting sense with the senses, attending to the minor and peripheral intuitions, and knowing by feeling.”

Concept, choreography, text, and performance: Eleanor Bauer

Music: WATT
Costumes: Sofie Durnez

Lighting: Carol Mullins
Production: GoodMove vzw

This performance runs approximately 75 minutes

Jess Pretty. Photo: Kelly Marshall.

DraftWork: Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi / Jess Pretty

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photo: Leslie Hickey for Nina Johnson Photography.

Sacha Yanow: Cherie Dre

NYC-based performance artist and actor Sacha Yanow’s new solo performance is a meditation on desire, belonging, and matrilineal legacy. A fraught romance between showgirl Cherie Dre and Yanow’s grandmother, Shirley, unfolds alongside the rise and fall of the legendary Concord Resort Hotel in Upstate New York.

Through movement, text, and music, Yanow creates an intimate history of the Jewish Borscht Belt, mental illness, cultural assimilation, political repression, and gender trouble, from the Bronx to the Catskills.


Written and performed by Sacha Yanow
Director: Caitlin Sullivan
Choreographer: Faye Driscoll
Voice and Sound: Holland Andrews
Video: Sasha Wortzel
Set: Cate McCrea
Costumes: Ásta Hostetter
Lighting: Alejandro Fajardo
Outside Eyes: Morgan Bassichis
Creative Producer: Melissa Levin

Development support for "Cherie Dre" was provided by BAC Space residency (Spring 2018), CPR Technical Residency (Spring 2018), Denniston Hill (Summer 2018 & 2017), Hurleyville Arts Centre (Summer 2017 & 2018), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency (March, 2016), and by a residency-based exhibition at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College (September 9–October 9, 2016), curated by Stephanie Snyder.

Jordan Morley. Photo: Andrew Jordan.
Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg. Photo: Alexander Ging.

DraftWork: Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg / Jordan Morley

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists. This weekend’s moderator will be Danspace Project Program Director & Associate Curator, Lydia Bell.

Stuart Shugg graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. In Australia he has worked extensively with Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange and Linda Sastradipradja. He has also appeared in the works of Lucy Guerin, Philip Adams, and Antony Hamilton. In NYC, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel and Jodi Melnick, and was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2011 to 2016. He has presented his own choreographic work in NYC at the Centre for Performance Research, Gibney Dance Centre, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, in Montevideo, Uruguay at Teatro Solis, and in Melbourne, Australia at The SUBSTATION and Monash University’s Museum of Modern Art. Recently he graduated as an MFA in Dance Teaching Fellow from Bennington College, and currently teaches dance technique classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Rutgers University.

Anna Kroll is an artist whose work incorporates dance, installations, Instagram feeds, livestreams, flip books, writing, and audio experiences in an exploration of performance and technology. Kroll’s work has been shown at Cocoon Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY as well as Philadelphia, PA at theaters, parks and subway underpasses and in the Digital Fringe portion of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. After receiving her BFA in dance and digital art in 2014, Kroll returned to Bennington College as Digital Arts Technical Instructor in Spring 2017. She is a proud alum of the Headlong Performance Institute.

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photo: Pascal Lemaitre

Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny / Emmanuéle Phuon: A Shared Evening

*There is no late seating for this performance. Please arrive on time!*

Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon share an evening of new work. The two choreographers share aesthetic lineages, through working with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and Yvonne Rainer.

Emmanuèle Phuon’s Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations) looks backward and inward, narrating her personal journey through dance via Cambodia, France, New York, and Brussels with the help of 5 choreographers: Patricia Hoffbauer, David Thomson, Elisa Monte, Yvonne Rainer, and Vincent Dunoyer. Their choreographic donations intersect in an eclectic collage of sounds, dances, childhood wounds, anecdotes, and memories from Phnom Penh to New York, with an open return.

A History of Light, Emily Coates’ new project with MacArthur recipient Josiah McElheny, looks backward and outward: tracing a history of light, by intertwining dance aesthetics and scientific knowledge, and the unique history of the universe through the stories of women who have pushed art, science, and technology ahead. Twentieth century cultural and scientific references inform the work’s content and form.

Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations)
Concept: Emmanuèle Phuon
Performed by: Emmanuèle Phuon, Zai Tang
Dramaturgy and Direction: Vincent Dunoyer
Choreography: Vincent Dunoyer, Patricia Hoffbauer, Elisa Monte, Emmanuèle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, David Thomson.
Sound Design: Zai Tang
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

A History of Light
Conceived and Created by: Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny
Performed by: Emily Coates & Sarah Demers
Music Direction and Composition: Will Orzo
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

Photo: Sigel Eschkol

Christine Bonansea: OnlyHuman

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

OnlyHuman is a solo inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human. Christine Bonansea investigates the stark contradiction between humankind’s capacity for freedom and beauty against its most destructive and illogical behaviors.

Created in collaboration with the artists Robert Flynt, Yoann Trellu, and Nicole Carroll, this highly kinetic and virtuosic dance is a meditation on bodily images and stereotypes of self in the context of the environment – geography, emotions, social structure.

Concept / Choreography / Performance: Christine Bonansea
Solo performer: Mei Yamanaka
Dancer performers: Alvaro Estado, Maya Orchin, Becca Loevy, Amelia Heintzelman, Ichi Go, Cameron Mckinney,  Charles Gowin, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Malcolm Betts
Original Music Composition / Performance: Nicole Carroll
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Photography: Robert Flynt
Graphic Programming/ video: Yoann Trellu
Publicity: | Kamila Slawinski & Ivan Talijancic

Christine Bonansea is a US-European dancer and choreographer with 17 years of international experience in conceiving, directing/choreographing and performing movement-based works. She creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010. Defined by expressive, virtuosic, improvisation-driven movement, her work inhabits an experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment in which other media – theater, video, visual art and design, spoken word, and music – play an important and integral part. Having studied Modern Literature at Paris’ La Sorbonne, she cites writers and philosophers as major influences.

Bonansea received the french national graduation in contemporary dance and studied dance with such luminaries as Regine Chopinot, Catherine Diverres, Mathilde Monnier, Ralph Lemon, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith. She’s also an accomplished dance teacher in both professional performative and therapeutic setting.

She collaborated and performed with internationally artists such as, Nita Little, Katie Duck, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, Faustin Linyekula, Tino Sehgal, Yoshiko Chuma.

In New York City, Bonansea’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, Dixon Place, movement research at the Judson Church, JACK. Her dances have also been developed in art residencies and commissioned by numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including YBCA, ODC Theater, San Francisco International Arts Festival, and The FRESH Festival (San Francisco); Headwater Theater (Portland); Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida); Earthdance (MA), Artscape (Toronto); Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo); The Centre Nationale De la Danse(Paris) and at DOCK11 (Berlin).

Christine Bonansea Company has been supported by funds from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Dance Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Bay Area the LAD-Dancer’s Group, DOCK11 – Berlin (home artist – 2013-2019), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, sponsored by New York Live Arts – NYC.

Martita Abril and Drew Devero-Belfon in “mayday heyday parfait” by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik/The Commons Choir at Movement Research Festival Fall 2017: invisible material Co-curated by Jonathan Gonzalez, Zavé Martohardjono, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Danspace Project. Photo: Ryutaro Mishima.

Movement Research Festival Fall 2018

Movement Research, one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, returns to Danspace Project with its annual Fall Festival.

The Movement Research Festival Fall 2018 will feature acclaimed experimentalists, highlighting and juxtaposing their varied investigations into the artistic currents of dance and performance. The Festival will also include additional events during the week of November 26 – December 2, as well as workshops taught by Festival artists.

Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.