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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 (performa-arts.org)

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.

Please visit www.movementresearch.org/festival for more information.

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.