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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Through May 6, 2018

Family Class with Mark Morris Dance Group
Saturday, May 19, 2018 3-4pm
Mark Morris Dance Center

Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members Sarah Haarmann and Billy Smith, and accompanied by live music with Ai Isshiki. All ages, abilities, and levels are welcome.
Featured repertory: Pacific (1995)

All ages and abilities welcome

Mark Morris Dance Center | 3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

Fire Island Dance Festival
Returns to Fire Island Pines on July 20-22, 2018

Produced by and Benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS,
a Program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Fire Island Dance Festival returns July 20-22, 2018, bringing world-class dance, breathtaking views and unparalleled culture to Fire Island Pines. The annual festival of celebrated and diverse companies and choreographers is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Fire Island Dance Festival (#fidance) will once again grace a stunning waterfront stage, set on the shores of the Great South Bay. Tickets for the festival are on sale now at or by phone at 212.840.0770, ext. 229.
The event has raised more than $5.6 million since the festival began in 1995. Through their generous support, Fire Island Dance Festival attendees have helped ensure that those in need throughout the New York area and in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico receive lifesaving medications, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

The weekend kicks off with the Friday night Leadership Event, an intimate evening of cocktails and a special performance exclusively for Leadership Supporters. The experience continues with three Fire Island Dance Festival performances: the opening performance on Saturday, July 20, at 5 pm (cocktails starting at 4 pm); Leadership Sunset Performance on Saturday, July 21, at 7 pm (cocktails following); and closing performance on Sunday, July 22, at 5 pm (cocktails following).

Leadership Supporters enjoy an elevated festival experience that includes the Leadership Event with cocktails on Friday, highly coveted tickets to the sunset performance on Saturday or priority seating at either 5 pm performance, as well as recognition in the harbor and throughout the Pines.  Leadership tickets start at $375. Individual tickets for the 5 pm performances are $175.

A hassle-free daytrip package is available, which features round-trip luxury transportation from New York City, a champagne luncheon and tickets to the 5 pm performance on Sunday, July 22. A Sunday VIP option, which includes the champagne luncheon and tickets to the Sunday show without the transportation, also is available. The daytrip package is $275; the Sunday VIP option is $225.

Beginning May 26, tickets also will be available in person on weekends in the Fire Island Pines Harbor. 

Dancers Responding to AIDS relies on the extraordinary compassion and efforts of the performing arts community to fund a safety net of social services for those in need. As a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, DRA supports the essential programs of The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers' Resource, as well as more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.  
For more information, please visit Dancers Responding to AIDS at, at, at, at and at

INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival 2018
August 4 & 5
The Western Queens Waterfront

20 choreographers from NYC and beyond create original works
inspired by natural and urban landscapes

INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, a New York Times Top Pick of "24 Outdoor Performances to See in the Summer in NYC" in 2017, is a unique event presented in four public parks along the East River waterfront in Queens. For two days in August, neighborhood residents and visitors are invited to discover LIC through cutting edge site-specific contemporary and urban dance.

Now in its second year, INSITU 2018 will transforms the Western Queens waterfront into one giant stage on August 4 & 5 from 1 pm to 8pm daily. Twenty new commissioned works by regional, national and international choreographers selected from over 200 applications will be presented in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park, including new site-specifics works by Douglas Dunn (NYC), Chantal Caron/Fleuve Espace danse (Canada), Sarah Elgart/Angry Elbow (Los Angeles) and Alice Gosti (Seattle). One hundred and sixty performances representing 32 hours of dance will be organized into 4 performance rounds per park per day, each lasting approximately 90 minutes and all starting at the same time in each park at 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM. Additionally, INSITU 2018 will offer audiences the opportunity to interact directly with several choreographers from last year's festival in a 20-minute workshop presented after the first three performance rounds. The four choreographers will be announced in May.

Another important element of INSITU 2018 will be the Community Dance Workshop, hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement and facilitated by a socially engaged choreographer over four weeks in June, culminating with a performance at the Festival in August.
INSITU is free and open to the public, offering an exciting way to experience dance in unusual public spaces. Inspired by natural and urban landscapes of the public parks, the diverse line-up of 20 contemporary and urban dance companies will maneuver through playgrounds, partner with benches, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shorelines. Other sites within the parks include a beach, historic railway ties, piers, promenades, lounge chairs, thicket of trees, a stone platform, and more. Audiences will be led through continuous dance performances several times throughout the day, setting up a chain of dynamic and immersive performances throughout the four parks.
A festival map, with performance schedule and locations, will be available at each park as well as available on the INSITU 2018 website,  


2018 New York City Season
May 30 – June 3, 2018
Joyce Theater

Pascal Rioult’s RIOULT Dance NY, the American modern dance company with a European sensibility, announces its 2018 New York season May 30 - June 3 at the Joyce Theater. The program will feature Les Noces, Nostalghia (a work in progress), and Fire in The Sky.  

Nostalghia, a work in progress, completes a triptych of RIOULT dances reflecting Pascal Rioult’s deep interest in Russian classical music: the romantic (Rioult's 2014 Dream Suite set to Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C Major); the neo-classical (Rioult's Les Noces), and now Nostalghia, set to a score by contemporary composer Polina Nazaykinskaya. Nostalghia refers to the film of the same name by acclaimed cinematicauteur Andrei Tarkovsky, whose meditative cinematic style influences Rioult’s cross-cultural dance. Using the full ten-dancer company, Nostalghia will be accompanied by a string quartet with piano and clarinet. The entire program will premiere at the Joyce Theater on May 30 and run through June 3, 2018.

Fire in the Sky (2017) is a life’s work in dance. A nostalgic homage to the whimsy of youth, Fire in the Sky recalls a life lived in constant motion. Set to Deep Purple’s dynamic songs from the early 1970s “Smoke on the Water”, “Child in Time”, “Lazy”, and “Highway Star”, the performance captures the spirit of an artist fully realizing his craft.


Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street, NYC

Vangeline Theater
May 24 - 26, 2018 at 8pm
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center

Vangeline Theater, with renowned Japanese composer and musician Yuka C. Honda (Japan) and butoh dancer Vangeline, perform the World Premiere of Elsewhere from May 24 - 26, 2018 at 8 pm at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers Street).

Japanese Musician Yuka C. Honda (who is best known for her work with Cibbo Matto, Sean Lennon, and Yoko Ono) will perform improvised live music each night, and critically acclaimed Butoh dancer Vangeline will perform a choreographed dance adapted to each evening's music.
"Hypnotizing and sensationally terrifying"
- International Times

Elsewhere is a story of migration and cultural encounters celebrating the life of Japanese pioneer Omoto Tannaker (1842-1916). In 1860, the Japanese woman joined the Great Dragon Circus on its tour around the world, but in December 1873, Omoto-san's infant Godie died in Sunderland, England. The tomb of Little Godie was the first Japanese monument erected in England in the 19th century.

Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased at or by calling (646) 837-6809.
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center | 280 Broadway
(Entrance at 53A Chambers Street). 




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