Events – Danspace Project
Photo: David Balicki

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!*

Nacera Belaza is an Algerian-born Parisian whose choreographic work explores minimalism and Algerian cultural practice through sensorial and kinesthetic strategies. After her studies in modern literature at the Université de Reims, she created her own dance company in 1989. In January 2015 she was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Her choreography originates from an interior awareness of the body, of space, and of the emptiness inside herself. Belaza’s feminist, minimalist aesthetic exploits formalism to reveal layers of embodiment and body politics.

On Thursday, October 4 & Friday, October 5, Belaza presents Sur Le Fil (2016), in which the choreographer applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers to explore the paradoxical space between submission and abandon.

On Saturday, October 6, Belaza presents Sur Le Fil alongside two recent significant works: La Traversée (2014), and a solo, La Nuit (2012). These three pieces will be presented back-to-back offering a unique immersion into the artistic world of the choreographer and illuminating her artistic process. In La Traversée, the progression and memory of gestures and movements are passed along through ritual and inheritance. La Nuit is a solo danced by Belaza that delves into the at once intimately personal and infinitely universal.

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.

Photo: Danny Willems

Eleanor Bauer: A lot of moving parts

Eleanor Bauer is a performer and choreographer working at the intersections of dance, writing, and music. Her work underlines the synthesis of physical, conceptual, emotional, affective, formal, and aesthetic understandings. Currently a PhD candidate in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts, Bauer marks her NYC return with A lot of moving parts – her first solo work since the acclaimed (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS), which was last performed in New York as part of Performa in 2011.

Years of dance practices, scores, and writings gather in what Bauer calls “a long-exposure portrait of how dance thinks through her and how she thinks through dance.” Bauer works with the frictions, collisions, translations, love affairs and gaps between dance and language in her choreographic search for “the simplest containers in which the complexity of dance can thrive.”

Concept, choreography, text, and performance: Eleanor Bauer

Music: WATT
Costumes: Sofie Durnez

Lighting: Carol Mullins
Production: GoodMove vzw

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
Lighting: Kathy Kaufmann
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.