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Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Announces Fall 2019 Season
Through December 17, 2019
Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the
Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2020 Season
Through June 14, 2020
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration,
Announces B Unidos Instagram Video Series
In Response to COVID-19 Virus
Ballet Hispánico announces a new Instagram video series entitled B Unidos, to begin on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12noon. The series will feature a series of videos posted each weekday, created by the three arms of the Ballet Hispánico: the professional company, the School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and featuring the hashtag #BUnidos at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.
"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Now more than ever, it is important to band together in support of the arts. The personal and professional challenges that we have already endured and will continue to face over the next few weeks or months are significant. What we can take from this time of cancellations, uncertainty and social distancing is a chance to use our creativity to connect with the community on a new level. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Ballet Hispánico was founded upon and has always believed in the importance of reaching and servicing our community through dance and culture. As this pandemic occurs during our 50th Anniversary, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, get back to our roots by reaching out to community near and far, and look forward to what is ahead."
Going forward, each weekday at 3:00pm, the company will release a new video generated by the dancers, teachers and administrators with the goal of serving as class, exercise, and inspiration: Motivational Mondays (inspirational messages), Take Action Tuesdays (technique tips for young dancers), Wepa Wednesdays (explorations of the many varied styles of Latin Dance), Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).
About Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing people together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latino cultures for 50 years.
Over the past five decades, Ballet Hispánico's mission-driven ethos has been a catalyst of change for communities throughout our nation. By bringing the richness of the Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education and social advocacy, Ballet Hispánico is a cultural ambassador.
The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose artistic vision responds to the need for social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all.
Ballet Hispánico has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for diversity. The art we create explores and celebrates the culture without the trappings of stereotypes. We foster the pursuit of art as a way of providing transformation through the exploration of the human condition. Our art often defies gravity, acting as a frontline against cultural division by releasing preconceived notions of culture and instead offering our audiences new perspectives.
Battery Dance TV Launches
on March 27, 2020
Battery Dance announces the creation of Battery Dance TV, launching on Friday, March 27, 2020 at https://batterydance.org/dancetv/ to provide free live dance classes and programming for the general public by Battery Dance and affiliated artists through a regularly scheduled program. Faced with the cancellation of its New York City public school dance classes and the postponement of its State Department Nigeria tour, and with its popular dance studios closed, the company staff members went into high gear (from living rooms and kitchens), creating online content.
"Battery Dance TV allows us to continue connecting people across the world through dance at this time of social distancing and isolation," said Jonathan Hollander, artistic director of Battery Dance. "We and everyone we know at home and abroad are facing emotional, psychological, physical and financial challenges. For 45 years, we have explored the power of dance as an art form and a means for social impact and connection. We are not going to stop now when the need is so great."
Offerings will include:
• morning warmup/stretching/conditioning exercises to start your day off right
• mid-day classes in contemporary dance with afro, ballet and jazz fusion elements
• evening classes in varied ballroom styles
• a daily 4pm short video by dancers performing in their living rooms
Beginning on March 29, Battery Dance will tap into its international network to host Artists Talks every Sunday at 9:00 AM (Eastern Time) with performers based in New York and from around the world, followed by Sunday classes in international dance genres such as Bharatanatyam dance from India, and African Fusion from Botswana.
Battery Dance also plans to expand its distance learning and programming by including online classes in lighting and production design, and classes in arts administration and cultural diplomacy. In the future, the Company plans to add short performances by youth around the world who will create short dances based on a specific weekly theme suggested by the Company.
Morning Classes & Instructors
Flow - Vivake Khamsingsavath
Stretch & Strength - Mira Cook
Conditioning - Sean Scantlebury
Afternoon Contemporary Classes & Instructors
Jazz Fusion - Jill Linkowski
Ballet Fusion - Bethany Mitchell
Storytelling & Repertoire - Hussein Smko
Afro Fusion - Sean Scantlebury
Evening Ballroom Classes & Instructor
Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Swing - Razvan Stoian
ABOUT BATTERY DANCE
As one of America's leading cultural ambassadors, Battery Dance connects the world through dance. The Company pursues artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world's stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to the disadvantaged and areas of conflict. Battery Dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange with programs in 70 countries to date. www.batterydance.org
Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
20th Anniversary Season
Celebrating 20 Years in 20 Weeks
Launches May 14, 2020
FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/timelapsedance/
Beginning on May 14, choreographer Jody Sperling and her company Time Lapse Dance (TLD) will launch a virtual celebration lasting 20 weeks, featuring a series of intense, intimate and interactive events, from livestream conversations with collaborators to online premieres, presentations, workshops, rehearsal visits and more. In addition to the events listed below, TLD will share themed content throughout each week on social media, so please follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. #TLDAT20
For two decades, Time Lapse Dance has engaged audiences with ground-breaking choreography and visually-compelling productions inspired by climate change, as well as works expanding the legacy of early dance technologist Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Sperling has achieved international acclaim for her Fuller-style recreations which extend the body radically into space and into natural environs, such as the polar icescape.
"During this time of physical distancing, it's more important than ever for people to stay actively connected with one another in virtual spaces," said Jody Sperling, Choreographer/Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. "Dance is a unifying force, bringing together the moving body with imagination, curiosity, well-being, and larger communities. As we adjust to changing realities, we must each pivot to help envision and enact a future that is more just and sustainable for all. I believe dance has an important role to play in mobilizing this new future. Rather than a simple retrospective, #TLDat20 is our initiative aimed at reflecting on past and present, so as to move boldly into the uncertain territories ahead."
Week 1: Wind and Breath: Climate Change Music and Dance
Thursday, May 14 at 7pm: YouTube Premiere of "Wind Rose," followed at 7:30pm by livestream conversation between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner. Longtime collaborators, Burtner and Sperling are both acclaimed for their creative engagement with climate change. Their work "Wind Rose" visualizes local and global winds patterns that are changing dramatically along with the earth's atmosphere. Wind is the breath of the planet, and though invisible, its swirling rhythms drive the forces of life. During the work creation, composer and choreographer discovered a new mode of collaboration that allowed for a synthesis of sound, movement, and airflow. Join the conversation to probe their process.
Friday, May 15 from 11-11:30am: "Breath and Breeze" movement workshop for families and people of all ages. Learn moves from "Wind Rose" and how to put them together to create a rhythmic breeze.
Week 2: Costuming: Sustainability and Transformation
Friday, May 22 from 5-6pm: Livestream conversation and DIY workshop with Jody Sperling and costume designer Lauren Gaston about sustainable costume design. The two will discuss their current collaborative process for a new work, "Plastic Harvest," which uses single-use plastics as featured material. The conversation will cover issues of sustainability and how costuming can help performers experience an empathic relationship with the environment. The session will conclude with a short DIY at home sustainable design project.
Throughout the week TLD will share photos and videos of TLD's amazing costumes by our outstanding roster of collaborators including Mary Jo Mecca, Gina Nagy Burns, Michelle Ferranti, and E. Shura Pollatsek.
Week 3: Our City Streets, Performance and Redesign
Friday, May 29 at 2pm: Livestream panel with Lisa Orman (Streetopia UWS), Sara Lind (Broadway Task Force/Community Board 7), Jody Sperling, and other guests on how performance can help re-vision street use and design. TLD has produced annual Spot for Dance festivals for Park(ING) Day where artists and activists transform curbside parking spaces into public places. These performance festivals have provided opportunity for community-building around the issue of curbside reform. Social distancing necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the urgent need for the city to rethink the streetscape in a way that prioritizes space for pedestrians over vehicles. Join us in this important conversation.
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