Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

Vicky Shick and Dancers: Another Spell (Commission Reprisal)

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

APAP attendees: please write to with ticket requests.

Danspace Project has commissioned over 500 works since 1994. This winter we reprise a recent Danspace commission, coinciding with the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

Another Spell, Vicky Shick’s sixth Danspace Project commission, premiered at Danspace Project in Spring 2016. Wrote Claudia La Rocco in Artforum, Another Spell “showed yet again how skilled this echt downtown choreographer is at placing incongruent moments next to each other and letting them float down the same gossamer stream.”

Situated inside a small village of women, a camaraderie between dancers Jodi Bender, Donna Costello, Lily Gold, Laurel Jenkins, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Heather Olson, and Shick herself, guides them through their movement—authentic and feigned—as they offer stereotypes, awesome idiosyncrasies, robust exuberance and, at times, the inexplicable. Explained Shick, “My obsessive passion for trying to decipher nuance, detail, intimacy and the quirkiness of the everyday bubbles here. With an abiding commitment to ongoing work, we are recycling some cherished set and costume pieces—scattering and dancing them in a new landscape.”

Set and Costume Piece: Barbara Kilpatrick
Sound Design: Elise Kermani
Additional music composition: Todd Lent
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann

PPL, Any Size Mirror is A Dictator (2014).
PPL, Any Size Mirror is A Dictator (2014).

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is three nights of performance selected by a different guest artist curator each night. Admission is just $5 with 2 cans of food; or $10 with no cans!

Canned goods collected through Food for Thought are donated to St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery food distribution programs.

Curators for this edition of Food for Thought are all members of the Danspace Project staff: Michael DiPietro, Jaime Shearn Coan, and Kirsten Schnittker.

Thursday, January 12 at 8PM
Selfie with Horizon Lines
Curated by Michael DiPietro
Featuring: Half Straddle, Panoply Performance Laboratory, and Saya Woolfalk

Friday, January 13 at 8PM
Political Demonstrations
Curated by Jaime Shearn Coan
Featuring: Dyani Douze, Honey Jernquist, Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement, and Shelley Senter

Saturday, January 14 at 8PM
sincere visions & significant tasks
Curated by Kirsten Schnittker
Featuring: Monica Germann, Sarah Konner & Austin Seldon, Jeremy Pheiffer, and Mariana Valencia

Food for Thought is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Ruth Patir: I dream of the elections

In my dream last night I hopped on a plane to Tokyo…Hillary Clinton was there. She came up to me and asked me if I wanted to take a picture with her… I had on a silly headwrap that I didn’t think would photograph well, but I said yes anyway. When the photographer tried to snap the picture, the camera broke. –26-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter from California

Interdisciplinary artist Ruth Patir’s research into dreams and the political imagination has been ongoing since 2014. Patir’s most recent video work, Sleepers, was shot at Danspace Project in the St. Mark’s Church sanctuary in September 2016 in the midst of a tumultuous election season. The dreams of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described in the work were collected by writer Sheila Heti as part of a 2008 project,

Coinciding with Inauguration Day 2017, Patir will host events in the Danspace Project sanctuary dedicated to healing, sharing, and conversation.

On Thursday, January 19, at 8pm Patir will present a newly edited version of Sleepers and a solo lecture performance.
Admission: $10. Purchase tickets here

On Friday, January 20, from 3pm – 9pm, Inauguration Day, Patir will host a day of conversations and readings reflecting on the 2008 and 2016 elections. Patir will invite guest artists to consider the dream as a site of political intervention. All events on this day are free and open to the public.

3PM: Installation by Ruth Patir with live score by Jackson Randall (ongoing)
3:30PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.
4:30PM: Gaga Class, taught by Lee Sher, open to all levels of dance experience. Age 16 and up. Wear comfortable clothes!
5:30PM: Nathan Carey
6:15PM: Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company (Movers: Mor Mendel, Tina Wang, Ruby Onyiynechi Amanze)
6:45PM: Lauren Bakst in collaboration with Effie Bowen
7:15PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.
7:45PM: Virginia Lee Montgomery
8:00PM: Morgan Bassichis
8:30PM: Screenings of “Primal Speech” (2016) by Liz Magic Laser,  Martha Rosler “Prototype (God Bless America)” (2006), and “Sleepers” (2017) by Ruth Patir.

All events on Friday, January 20 are free and open to the public.

Artwork by Avery McCarthy.
Artwork by Avery McCarthy.

Douglas Dunn + Dancers: Antipodes

Antipodes is a new evening by renowned dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Douglas Dunn featuring design by Mimi Gross, an original score performed live by Steven Taylor & Laura Brenneman, and lighting by Carol Mullins. Dunn’s Dancers include: Jules Bakshi, Alexandra Berger, Douglas Dunn, Grazia Della-Terza, Emily Pope, Paul Singh, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Jake Szczypek, Timothy Ward, and Christopher Williams.

In Dunn’s newest work, he asks: “If we could reach our obverse, would she be complementary? If we could see ourselves from behind, or look out of the backs of our heads, would our minds flip?” Antipodes traces a straight line, or an arc, between two distant places. The design by Mimi Gross and the music by Steven Taylor include what Dunn calls “internal oppositions.” The pathways of design, music and dancing run parallel, crisscross, or entangle.

The Thursday, February 2 performance will be followed by a discussion with Douglas Dunn and collaborators Mimi Gross, Steven Taylor and Carol Mullins.

Photo: Jessy Price
Photo: Jessy Price

Benjamin Kimitch: Vaulted branches

Vaulted branches is a new evening-length dance by Japanese-American/NYC-based Benjamin Kimitch. A solo for dancer/collaborator Julie McMillanVaulted branches seeks to create a sensory landscape in which to contemplate grief and loss through a series of articulated pauses and sustained images.

The choreography is developed through Kimitch’s research of final compositions or sketches written by western composers in the classical music canon, such as Charles Ives, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler, whose music serves as poetic guides. The choreography emerges from years of assembling religious images, in particular those of flying apsaras and Boddhisatvas featured in the historic Buddhist Dunhuang cave murals of northern China.

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

Initial research for this work began as part of the Dance and Process series in 2015 at The Kitchen. 

Laura Shapiro. Photo: Ian Douglas.
Pepper Fajans. Photo: Cindy Lopez.

DraftWork: Pepper Fajans / Laura Shapiro

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.