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B Unidos Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 2020 Watch Party Schedule
Wednesdays at 7pm
Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its video series, with Watch Parties in June 2020, available at www.facebook.com/ballethispanico, https://www.ballethispanico.org/bunidos/watch-party, or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBVCPHnWSLKF4c53fAqDRw/.
Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers:
June 3 at 7pm: El Viaje
June 10 at 7pm: Nací
June 17 at 7pm: Sombrerísimo (female cast)
June 24 at 7:30pm: Noche Unidos, a night of dance and unity (details tba)
"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.
El Viaje (2019)
Choreography by Edwaard Liang
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Costume Design by Danielle Truss
Lighting Design by Joshua Paul Weckesser
Liang evokes emotion through moving sound and lush movement to exemplify how many individuals feel when one leaves one's homeland or country of birth to seek a new life, including moments of remembering, sharing, and letting go. He particularly focuses on the Chinese mass emigration from the nineteenth century to 1949 and the Chinese-Cuban diaspora to explore identity and the ghosts of a former life.
World Premiere: March 26, 2019 at The Joyce Theater
Choreography by Andrea Miller
Assisted by Allysen Hooks and Dan Walczack
Music by A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Capilla Antigua De Chincilla, Tony Gatlif, Francoise Atlan, Aicha Redouane, Monserrat Figueras, Pari intervallo, and Banda Ionica
Costume Design by Andrea Miller and Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Savannah Bell
Drawing from the duality of her Spanish and Jewish-American background, choreographer Andrea Miller employs her distinctive movement style to investigate the Sephardic culture of Spain, with its Moorish influence and profound sense of community, despite hardship.
World Premiere: 2009 at The Joyce Theater
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Banda Ionica featuring Macaco el Mono Loco, Titi Robin, and soundscape by various artists
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston
Inspired by the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats, Sombrerísimo references the iconic sombreros (hats) found throughout the world that help to represent culture. Originally choreographed for an all-male cast, Sombrerísimo has evolved into a work that can also be performed by an all-female or mixed-gender cast.
Sombrerísimo was commissioned by New York City Center for the Fall for Dance Festival.
World Premiere: September 20, 2013 at New York City Center
# B Unidos
The Instagram series features videos 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/.
Daily, the company releases 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 Watch Parties, Therapeutic Thursdays (focus on conditioning, health and wellness, stretching), and Flashback Fridays (retrospective looks at past 50 years from Ballet Hispánico's archives).
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
#ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Conversation Series
June 16 5:30pm - 7pm - Disability Justice as the Vanguard of Recovery Thinking
June 23 5:30pm - 7pm - The Future of Performance Venues
Dance/NYC moves into its fifth week of hosting a twelve part Facebook Live Conversation Series with arts workers from across the arts and culture sector. These discussions highlight the importance of the arts ecology, point to current challenges and offer considerations on our way forward as a field. Beginning May 21, 2020, this series is a part of #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers, a new online and social media campaign dedicated to the acknowledgement, representation and integration of dance and arts workers into the decision-making processes that will envision the future for New York City post-pandemic.
The series launched successfully on Thursday, May 21, 2020, and will continue to take place every Tuesday from 5:30 - 7pm ET through August 4, 2020 on Dance/NYC's Facebook Page.
Disability Justice as the Vanguard of Recovery Thinking | June 16, 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Join Dance/NYC in a discussion with disabled artists and activists about the values of disability justice as a framework for building our new reality with Alice Sheppard, Artistic Director, Kinetic Light; Christopher Unpezverde Núñez, Visually Impaired Choreographer, Performance Artist, Educator & Accessibility Consultant; Dustin Gibson, Co-Founder, Disability Advocate for Rights and Transition, Founding Member, Harriet Tubman Collective; and Simi Linton, Arts Consultant, Author, Filmmaker and Activist.
The Future of Performance Venues | June 23, 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Join Dance/NYC in a discussion with large-scale presenters and representatives as they think about the future of dance and performing arts presentation in the metropolitan area with Cathy Hung, Executive Director, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company; Jonelle Procope, President and CEO, Apollo Theater; and Linda Shelton, Executive Director, The Joyce Theater Foundation.
"Thus far, the conversations have been important meeting grounds for the dance field to discuss crucial issues that aren't often addressed on other forums," said Candace Thompson-Zachery, manager of justice, equity and inclusion initiatives at Dance/NYC. "The feedback from our community has been overwhelmingly positive and we hope to amplify the perspectives offered through our advocacy efforts."
#ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Campaign Video
More than 150 videos were received from a cross-section of dance workers in all disciplines from choreographer to educator to administrator to fundraiser to be used in the campaign, including Alice Sheppard, Andrea Miller, Donald Borror, Eduardo Vilaro, Ephrat Asherie, Herman Cornejo, Josh Prince, Lane Harwell, Maleek Washington, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Mark Morris, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, among many others. Full list available here.
To learn more about why Dance/NYC is advocating for arts workers visit: bit.ly/ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers
For more information, visit www.dance.nyc.
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.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Announces WPA Virtual Commissions June Premieres
Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce June premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions.
June 7 Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Zoe Sarnak, and Margo Seibert
June 8 Dylan Crossman
June 13 Ryan McNamara
June 14 BalletX with Hope Boykin, Rena Butler, Caili Quan, and Penny
June 15 Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott
June 20 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Dick Hyman, Adam Charlap Hyman, and
June 21 Pontus Lidberg
June 22 John Jarboe*
June 23 Victoria Sin*
June 24 Jack Ferver and Jeremy Jacob*
June 25 Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung*
June 26 Viva DeConcini*
June 27 Machine Dazzle*
June 28 Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi, Pam Tanowitz*
June 29 Tom Gold*
*In partnership with the digital exhibition The Guggenheim Circular: Embrace and NYC Pride.
To financially support artists and nurture their creative processes during these challenging times, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Through the generosity of our board and donors, over $150,000 in commissioning funds is being granted to artists to produce new video works while social distancing. Each under five minutes long, these virtual performances will spotlight leading creators who have participated in past Works & Process programs. New commissions are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm.
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