Events – Danspace Project
Jasmine Hearn. Photo by Paul Kruse.
Mariana Valencia. Photo by Lidija Antonović.

Shared Evening: Jasmine Hearn / Mariana Valencia

*No late seating! Please arrive on time, and be sure to check train and bus schedules for the weekend!*

A shared evening of new commissions by choreographers Jasmine Hearn and Mariana Valencia, both of whom work with choreography as a radical vehicle for memory and archive.

Jasmine Hearn is a Bronx-based choreographer, performer, and dancer. Currently, she is a collaborating performer with Alisha Wormsley, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Willis. shook is a new work consisting of three duets with Hearn and collaborators Maria Bauman, Kayla FarrishDominica Greene, Catherine Kirk, Angie Pittman, and Alisha Wormsley. This “collaborative calling” is paired with an original soundscape created by Hearn.

Mariana Valencia is a dance artist and co-editor of Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence and a founding member of the No Total reading group. Her new performance work, Yugoslavia, encompasses ethnography, memoir, and observations of her own cross-cultural identifiers. “In Yugoslavia, I intersect the First World, the Second World, the countryside, the imaginary plane and vampires. Factual, humorous, and grave observations depict my herstorical frame,” writes Valencia. With Yugoslavia, “I’m in search of the spiritual, in observation of the physical, and in awe of the artificial.”

Photo by Tori Brown Rice; courtesy of J'Sun Howard.
Brother(hood) Dance! by Ian Douglas.

Shared Evening: Brother(hood) Dance! / J’Sun Howard

*Please note the second half of the evening by Brother(hood) Dance! includes aromatherapy by Nicole Wilkins as part of the performance. Nicole recommends arriving hydrated for the best possible experience; water will also be available during the show. If you have any questions or concerns please call the Danspace Project office at (212) 674.8112.*

Demonstrations, marches, sit-ins/die-ins/love-ins, rallies, prayer: are there alternatives to these forms of protest that we can employ to generate positive change? J’Sun Howard’s Working On Better Versions of Prayers: Version I is a poetic testimony in which miracles can erupt at any moment. “My aim is to make a dreamscape that can be a possibility for a future world,” writes Howard, a Chicago-based dancemaker and poet who most recently performed at Danspace in the Bessie Award-winning work of Darrell Jones. Howard is inspired by​ “radical hope,” a concept articulated by author Jonathan Lear who was influenced by ideas from ​the last hereditary Chief of the Crow Nation, Plenty Coups (1848-1932). Howard and performers/collaborators D. Banks, Damon Green, and Will Harris create a charismatic space for joy, exploring the intimacy between queer men of color, flirting with notions of divine radical presence and how it “holyficates.” Director: J’Sun Howard; Dramaturge: Raquel Monroe.

An early version of Brother(hood) Dance!’s how to survive a plague was seen during Danspace’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. In this interdisciplinary meditation on the artistic generational gap between those lost in the global AIDS epidemic, Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr and Ricarrdo Valentine investigate who survives and whose stories are told during and after life, and explore methods of healing, care-giving, and living testimonies in a ritualistic setting of movement, sound designed by Hunter and live singing by Starr Busby, and aromatherapy by Nicole Wilkins. In a “reverential gesture to lost ancestral artistic dreams,” Hunter and Valentine seek to venerate the Black African bodies that were exiled from the urgency of care and shunned by their communities and government. Costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Shane Ballard.

Lighting Design: Carol Mullins


Simone Forti's Body Mind World workshop, December 14-15, 2016. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Simone Forti Workshop: Body Mind World

*Participant tickets for both workshops are sold out. Observer tickets will be available at the door and are cash only.

If you are interested in joining the waitlist for a workshop, please arrive 1/2 hour prior to the start time.*

No movement experience is necessary! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook. Observation-only tickets are available!

Forti is in residence at Danspace Project as part of Tea for Three (her performance project with Steve Paxton & Yvonne Rainer), working with her current practice using both movement and text. Forti describes the Body Mind World workshop:

Do our words have access to what we know in our bones? In our daily lives we spontaneously weave together body language and spoken words to help us understand and communicate. In this Body Mind World workshop we will cultivate this synergetic process to help us engage with subject matter that interests us. The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts, questions and observations. We will work with improvisational movement scores, as well as in ways that can help us develop a natural and intuitive flow between our moving and our speaking, with surprise and delight. By letting our body intelligence and our verbal mind interact, we will access a fuller view of our world, both personal and collective.

Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer. Photos by Ian Douglas.

Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer: Tea for Three

*Advance tickets for all 3 performances are sold out. A wait list will begin at the door each evening at 7:15pm* 

Three nights of performance, improvisation, and interaction between three singular and influential artists, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer. Writes Paxton, “Tea for Three is the recent interplay by Forti, Paxton, and Rainer, three veteran dancers who admired each other’s work forty-five years before performing together. They each bring their doughty selves to the stage, making dance and performance conversation. No tea is served, but food for thought.”

Trisha Brown (c) Marc Ginot.
Trisha Brown (c) Lois Greenfield.

A Community Memorial Honoring the Life and Work of Trisha Brown

Danspace Project and the dance community at large celebrate the legacy of choreographer Trisha Brown (1936-2017), who altered how we perceive, create, and understand dance since forming her company in 1970. Over five hours, Brown’s company alums, colleagues, and admirers will speak, dance, reminisce, and pay tribute to one of our history’s greatest influencers.

This event is free and open to the public and guests may come and go throughout the day. All are welcome to join in paying homage to Brown and her legacy in transforming our worldwide artistic community.

Details and schedule to be announced.

Dance Photography

New York Theatre Ballet: Legends & Visionaries

This performance is presented as part of the Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

New York Theatre Ballet, voted “Best Company of the Year” in Dance Europe, returns to Danspace Project with Legends & Visionaries, NYTB’s classic series of revivals by legendary choreographers and a first look at creations by emerging choreographers.

This thrilling new Legends & Visionaries program will feature a premiere by American Ballet Theatre’s Gemma Bond, her fourth ballet for NYTB, as well as a NYTB premiere of David Gordon’s BEETHOVEN/1999, originally choreographed for his company, Pick Up Performance Company. The evening also welcomes the return of Richard Alston’s A Rugged Flourish, created on NYTB in 2011, and José Limón’s La Malinche, the first piece Limón created on his own company in 1949.

Photo: Ian Douglas.
Photo: Ian Douglas.

Yvonne Meier

These performances are co-presented by Danspace Project and Invisible Dog Art Center. All 4 performances take place at Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Multiple Bessie-Award winning artist Yvonne Meier shares two pieces: Durch Dick und Duenn, an all new work for multiple soloists, and Durch Nacht und Nebel, a short solo for Meier. In Durch Dick und Duenn (Through Thick and Thin) performers Lorene Bouboushian, Lisa Kusanagi, and Meier move through a rapid-fire sequence of eccentric action and shape-shifting characters as they navigate a volatile landscape of murky depths, brittle and explosive walls, and a few surprises. This new work draws on Meier’s 30+ year practice of improvisational Releasing and Authentic Movement techniques. In Durch Nacht und Nebel (which translates to By Night and Fog), seen at last year’s American Realness Festival, Meier transforms herself with provocative costumes.

“Fearlessly morphing from one creature to the next — one transformation involved an orange bodysuit affixed with the plastic babies, and in another, she was coated in black paint — she exposed her aging body with aplomb. Is there nothing she’s afraid of?” wrote Gia Kourlas (New York Times).

Set Designer: Esther Neff
Lighting Designer: Michael Stiller
Dramaturges: Aki Sasamoto, Anne Iobst, and Ishmael Houston-Jones
Music by: Chris Cochrane, Chris Laye, and Kevin Bud Jones

Internet Screen Shot courtesy of Gillian Walsh.
Internet Screen Shot courtesy of Gillian Walsh.

Gillian Walsh: Moon Fate Sin

Gillian Walsh is an artist and performer based in New York. Her works are conceptually-driven, stark, formalist choreographies that question assumed relationships between dance, choreography, performance, discourse, and the site of performance.

Her new work, Moon Fate Sin, was conceived as “A cosmological dance demonology, A Liturgical Dance for St. Mark’s Church,” and is built in collaboration with performers Maggie Cloud, Justin Hyacinth, Emily Hoffman, and Mickey Mahar. Collectively they explore the terrain of the unconscious and the death drive.

Costumes by earth_trauma
Lighting by Carol Mullins
Sound by Wally Blanchard 

Moon Fate Sin is co-presented by Danspace Project and Performa 17 (

Photo by Özlem Şen; courtesy of Meredith Glisson
Photo by Özlem Şen; courtesy of Meredith Glisson

DraftWork: Meredith Glisson / Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free 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 made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Alex Romania, Movement Research Festival Fall 2016.  Photo by David Gonsier.
Alex Romania, Movement Research Festival Fall 2016. Photo by David Gonsier.

Movement Research Festival Fall 2017

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. Curators for this season are: Jonathan Gonzalez, Zavé Martohardjono, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes

The Movement Research Festival Fall 2017 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 27 – December 3, as well as workshops taught by Festival artists.

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Jonathan Gonzalez is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin and his native New York City. He has been a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist, BAX/Dancing While Black Fellow, and is currently a 2017 Bessie-nominee as Outstanding Performer in Minor Matter. He has performed in the works of Ligia Lewis, Cynthia Oliver, Isabel Lewis, and Alex Baczyinski-Jenkins. He attended Trinity College as a POSSE Scholar, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. Among many venues, they’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, and the Wild Project. Zavé’s had residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017), Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0 (2017), The Shandaken Project at Storm King (2016), La MaMa (2016), Chez Bushwick (2015), was a Lambda Literary Fellow (2015), and participated in BAX’s NEEDING IT (2013) and the Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC (2011). They organize with artists of color and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B.A. from Brown University and their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York.

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes is a movement-based artist, teacher, and organizer. Currently, she thinks about somatics as taking up space, multi-sensory listening, giving credit, and tensions between sight, imagination, embodied history, and projection. Her work has lived at venues including Theater for the New City, Roulette Intermedium, New York Live Arts, and the Center for Performance Research. She has been the recipient of a Gowanus Arts residency, a space grant at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and a Fresh Tracks Residency at NYLA. She has danced with Kathy Westwater, Edisa Weeks, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, Peniel Guerrier, Jesse Phillips-Fein, and Nadia Tykulsker, among others. EmmaGrace has taught at James Baldwin High School, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Bard College and NYU Tisch, and will be teaching at Third Root Community Health Center this fall. She organizes with Artists Co-Creating Real Equity and Breaking White Silence.