Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Darial Sneed
Photo: Darial Sneed

Community ACCESS: The Kathak Ensemble & Friends

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

WE SINFUL WOMEN is a new work by Janaki Patrik, Founder & Artistic Director of The Kathak Ensemble & Friends. Patrik seeks to give voice, through melody and movement, to the words of the female Urdu poets Ishrat Aafreen, Kishwar Naheed, and Fahmida Riaz.

Protesting the suffocating repression in their physical and emotional lives, these poets courageously wrote with both confrontational anger and ecstatic lyricism. First published in 1990 in Lahore, Pakistan, and in 1991 in London, the ground-breaking collection of poetry, WE SINFUL WOMEN (edited by Rukhsana Ahmad), gave a glimpse of the situation in which women had few rights, and their dance and poetry were considered blasphemous.

This production embodies the outrage and tenderness encapsulated in the concentrated language of poetry and dance.

The performance on Friday, March 3 will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

Choreographer: Janaki Patrik with the Dancers
Composer: Kiran Ahluwalia
Female Vocal: Kiran Ahluwalia
Male Vocal: Samarth Nagarkar
Sarangi: Pt. Ramesh Misra
Tabla: Nitin Mitta
Bansuri flute, clarinet & saxophone: Steve Gorn
Rubab: Quraishi Roya
Frame drum: Rich Stein
English recitation of poems: Manoshi Chitra Neogy
Dancers: Aditi Dhruv, Kanushree Jain, Megha Kalia, Romanee Kalicharran, Bharathi Penneswaran, Saloni Somani
Consultants in Urdu Language & Literature: Professor Tahira Naqvi, Professor Frances Pritchett
Lighting designer: Kathy Kaufmann
Costume designer: Anna-Alisa Belous
Assistant in sourcing materials from India: Rani Khanam

Photo: Nicholas Burnham.
Photo: Nicholas Burnham.

The Bang Group: A Mouthful of Shoes

Post-performance discussions
Thursday, March 9: The Bang Group and choreographer Hilary Easton
Friday, March 10: The Bang Group and choreographer Michelle Dorrance

The Bang Group was founded in 1995 by choreographers David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin. They return for their third Danspace Project season with A Mouthful of Shoes. This new work continues choreographer Parker’s adventurous exploration of the sonic potential of the dancing body in a varied, interlocking suite of percussive dances. Working with a wide-ranging movement vocabulary drawing from classical and contemporary forms as well as tap dance, Parker has taken a set of musical scores both contemporary and traditional, re-created them as choreographic systems, and embodied them with dancers. Thus, they can be “played” entirely by feet and bodies. Musician Pauline Kim Harris will play violin for an original composition by Dean Rosenthal. In addition, the group will perform a version of Stravinsky’s famous experimental jazz composition, Piano Rag Music.

Writes Parker, “I’m passionate about the social aspects of rhythm: the way we use rhythm to connect, argue, seduce, negotiate and contradict…This work is playful and gritty about its exacting musical tasks but its beating heart lies in the pungent mingling of rhythm and psychology.”

Dancers: Chelsea Ainsworth, Dylan Baker, Rebecca Hadley, Jeffrey Kazin, Alison Manning, David Parker, Nic Petry, Tommy Seibold, Caleb Teicher, and Amber Sloan.
Musicians: Pauline Kim Harris, violinist; others to be announced.
Composers: Dean Rosenthal, Morton Feldman, W.A. Mozart, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky
Costumes: Pei Chi-Su
Lighting: Kathy Kaufmann

Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

Emily Coates: Incarnations

Performed in-progress as part of Danspace Project’s Platform 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, Incarnations is made up of a series of etudes on dancing with science. Based on Emily Coates’ collaboration with particle physicist Sarah Demers, the piece moves between lecture and performance, interweaving divergent sources, from Balanchine’s Apollo and postmodernist dance aesthetics to the elusive body of Sir Isaac Newton and the breakthrough discovery of the Higgs boson.

The piece illuminates humorous gaps and surprising insights as each discipline struggles to imagine the other. The moments in which the interdisciplinary dialogue must out of necessity break down also yield some of the most effective poetics. Playful and serious, Incarnations celebrates physics and dance as equal partners in our profound effort to understand our existence.

Physicists can explain four percent of the universe. Ninety-six percent remains unknown. Incarnations lingers on both the known and the unknowable, and returns knowledge to human form—casting, in essence, who gets to play god.

The performance on Thursday, March 16 will be followed by a discussion moderated by Douglas Crimp.

Performers: Emily Coates, Sarah Demers, Lacina Coulibaly, Iréne Hultman, Jon Kinzel, Will Orzo; special appearance by Yvonne Rainer
Lighting by: Carol Mullins
Music direction by: Will Orzo

Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor

Food for Thought: curated by Heidi Latsky, Donna Uchizono, and Nami Yamamoto

Food for Thought is three nights of performance selected by a different guest artist curator each night. Canned goods collected through Food for Thought are donated to St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery food distribution programs.

Curators for this second edition of Winter 2017 Food for Thoughts are on Danspace Project’s Artists Advisory Board: Heidi Latsky (Thursday), Donna Uchizono (Friday), and Nami Yamamoto (Saturday).

Thursday, March 23
At the Crossroads
curated by Heidi Latsky

Jerron Herman
Toby MacNutt
Mark Travis Rivera
Alice Sheppard

Friday, March 24
Deadline to Apply
curated by Donna Uchizono

Jodi Melnick with Beth Gill and Donna Uchizono
Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith
Angie Pittman

Saturday, March 25
growing, blooming, aging, decaying and going back to the earth, then where are we going now…
curated by Nami Yamamoto

Alex Escalante
Erin Ellen Kelly
Margaret Sunghe Paek

Danspace Project performances at St. Mark’s Church are wheelchair accessible by ramp. For more information about accessibility, please contact us at (212) 674-8112 /

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


Lily Gold: Good Mud

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

Lily Gold’s Good Mud investigates the relationship of materiality and temporality. It follows a fascination with the transmutable nature of that which can and cannot be touched. Writes Gold,

“Paper bowers dissolve into mythic broth for the hunters who look not for answers, but seek significance and the lowest common denominator of chaos and order. By relentlessly assigning and reassigning value it ponders the connection between the arbitrary and the sacred. In the room of Good Mud, energetic remains of what came before roam alongside live bodies, voices, and homemade objects. To the left there is a small desert wearing a caravan. It knows that medicine must be survived before it can save. It honors darkness as a resource. It billows as we slither around laughing ourselves into the muck, marveling at the absurdity of our own form, and asking, to whom does this joy belong?”

Good Mud is a dance by Lily Gold, in collaboration with the performers Asli Bulbul, Eleanor Hullihan, Madison Krekel, and Alice MacDonald.  Sound design by James Jolliff and Lily Gold. Lighting design by Elliott Jenetopulos.

Lily Gold is a 2015-2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Her work has shown through Chez Bushwick presents at Center for Performance Research (GRAB, 2012), Danspace Project’s Draftwork series (TOWER OF COLLAR AND SEA, 2012), Dixon Place’s Brink series (OF SUN, 2013), AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance (PLANT CROW NO NO, 2013), Movement Research Spring Festival at Issue Project Room (FALLOW, 2014) and Fall Festival at Danspace Project (GRAB excerpt, 2016), AUNTS at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (CIRRUS AND SPEAR, 2016), and Movement Research at Judson Church (GUT GROUNDS, 2016). Her choreographic process has been influenced by artists she’s worked with as a performer, including Vanessa Anspaugh, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Faye Driscoll, Andrea Geyer, Tere O’Connor, Steven Reker, Jen Rosenblit, Vicky Shick, and Larissa Velez-Jackson among others. Lily studied dance and photography at Hampshire College. She also makes paintings and experimental short films. Good Mud is Lily’s first evening length dance.

Photo: Corey Melton

DraftWork: Candace Thompson / Tara Aisha Willis

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.

Candace Thompson, a Trinidad and Tobago native, is a dancer, choreographer and certified fitness professional specializing in personal training and corrective exercise. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe and Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. Her dance training is extensive, beginning in Trinidad and Tobago, where she received instruction in modern dance and ballet, at La Danse Caraibe under Heather Henderson-Gordon. She is a graduate of Adelphi University’s BFA in Dance with the Ruth St. Denis Award for excellence from the dance department, and has gone on to work in various dance styles including Afro-Caribbean, Classical Modern, Modern/Contemporary, Contemporary Floor Technique, Jazz, Soca and West African. CanDanceFit, a personal training, corrective exercise and movement instruction entity, serves clients and studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn, conveniently bringing holistic fitness, exercise, dance and movement programs to fitness enthusiasts short on time, but big on quality and studios delivering high quality training. Additionally, Candace has extended experience in the Gyrotonic Expansion system, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Myofascial Release and in Ballet, Horton, Dunham, Graham, Soca and Afro-Caribbean Dance Techniques. CanDanceFit merges the benefits of dance training with fitness and personal training strategies to serve both the average individual and the budding to professional performer. Currently, Candace does in-home training for clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and teaches Soca and Modern Dance at Mark Morris Dance Center and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Candace produces her own dance work under two umbrellas: ContempoCaribe and Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE. ContempoCaribe is a choreography and performance project creating art that embodies the plurality of experiences within the Caribbean Diaspora. ContempoCaribe’s work has been performed at Dance Caribbean Collective’s New Traditions Festival, COCO Dance Festival (Trinidad), Dancing While Black:jumpin fences, Dance Enthusiast’s Moving Caribbean in NYC among others. Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a collaborative and organising body, creating platforms for artists developing work from a Caribbean perspective, to show their work within the local diaspora community in NYC. DCC produces a season of events leading up to the annual New Traditions Festival. As a performer, Candace is attracted to dance work that is challenging both physically and emotionally, and is especially motivated to dance the stories of the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Her performing experience spans two regions: Trinidad and Tobago and North America. Other accomplishments include being invited to the inaugural Dancing While Black Fellowship Cohort 2015/2016 and being an honored Alumna for Adelphi University’s 2016/2017 10 Under 10 program for young alumni, who have achieved exceptional career accomplishments before celebrating their 10-year reunion.

Tara Aisha Willis is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. Currently Women & Performance’s performance reviews editor, she has served as TDR’s co-managing editor, and co-edited, with Thomas F. DeFrantz, an issue of The Black Scholar on black dance studies (2016). Additional writings appear in Movement Research Performance Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, and Magazin im August. As Movement Research’s Program Advisor, she coordinates diversity initiatives, including the Artists of Color Council, and programs their discursive Studies Project series. She is currently dancing in a collaboration between Will Rawls and Claudia Rankine, as well as in works by Ivy Baldwin, Kim Brandt, and Yanira Castro. She recently was dramaturg on an in-process collaboration between Ni’Ja Whitson and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Roulette, THROW, Dixon Place, The Painting Center, AUNTS, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and CPR. She was a 2009 Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellow and a 2016 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence.


Danspace Project Gala 2017 Honoring Rebel Angels: Douglas Crimp, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Lucy Sexton

Danspace Project’s Gala 2017 honors Rebel Angels Douglas Crimp, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Lucy Sexton for their three-decade commitment to dance, art, activism, and moving the culture forward.

Introductory remarks by
Tanya Barfield, Thomas J. LaxRalph Lemon, and Lori E. Seid.

Performances by ​
Morgan Bassichis
Laurie Berg and Friends
Raja Feather Kelly as DRELLA
Meredith Monk
Excerpt from Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd, directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez in collaboration with Jennifer Monson and Nick Hallett (originally presented this fall as part of Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found)​
and more to be announced

Performance-only tickets are available!

6:00P.M. Garden Reception
7:00P.M. Welcome & Dinner
8:30P.M. Performances

Individual Dinner Tickets at $300/$500
Performance Tickets at $75

Tables for 10 people are available starting at $3,000. Please contact Peggy Cheng at for more information.