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"With a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline twinkling through the tall, dusty windows of a former silk factory, both established and emerging NY choreographers show off their most recent works." -Queens Chronicle

Sep 22-23: Sarah Starkweather | Muliebris Dance Theatre

Sarah Starkweather Takes Root
Fin de la noche is a multidisciplinary performance that underscores the adverse effects of light pollution on the ecosystem and human condition. From a bird's eye view, Sarah Starkweather explores archetypal imagery of light and darkness to present a familiar, yet idiosyncratic, blend of contemporary movement that evokes nostalgia and stimulates the senses. Fin's undertones are deeply rooted through each individual dancer's metamorphic experiences as professionals in the city shared with a contrasting nuance that spotlights the grit and glam of show business. Carpe Noctum!

starkmoves.com

Photo: Joe Desimone/Optik House

Sep 22-23: Sarah Starkweather | Muliebris Dance Theatre

Muliebris Dance Takes Root
This collaboration with sound designer, Asha Tamirisa, creates three different dimensions, each containing its own properties and questions. In each, women work together to battle against unseen forces. What does it mean to be female? We see them perform rituals, immersed in nature: hair down, unbound, returning the gaze-a celebration of female strength and communal power.

muliebrisdancetheatre.com

Photo: Rourou Ye

Oct 13 & 14: Falcon Dance | Bobby Morgan and Artists

Falcon Dance Takes Root
The work explores the play between one's conscious and subconscious mind, and the instinctual nature of humans and animals alike. Through a series of vignette's they explore these concepts in the lens of mental health disease, cognitive thought, and impulsive response.

falcondance.com

Photo: Scott Shaw

Oct 13 & 14: Falcon Dance | Bobby Morgan and Artists

Bobby Morgan Takes Root
Glitch a matrix inspired theme, follows the idea of humans operating on a computer ran simulation, unplugging from the society that we were born into and freeing ourselves into who we truly are - Infinite beings. This piece of work also captures the struggles that we experience regarding race, politics and the media to name a few. Simply created to take the viewer through an experience but also reflect the world that they can relate to.

 

 

"I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." - Tupac Shakur

Nov 10 & 11: Kaoru Ikeda/MustacheCat Dance | Xiang Xu Dance Theater, As Arts New York Dance

Kaoru Ikeda/MustacheCat Dance Takes Root
The dance work Freedom isn't Free addresses the prejudice that resulted in the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The work continues to explore current biased reactions toward people of various races, religions, and ethnicities in the United States.

moustachecatdance.org

Photo: George Hirose

Nov 10 & 11: Kaoru Ikeda/MustacheCat Dance | Xiang Xu Dance Theater, As Arts New York Dance

Xiang Xu Dance Theater Takes Root
This piece discovers the philosophy of death. It focuses on the journey from human flesh to emptiness, and how reincarnation plays a critical role in the existence of life. Dead leaves are shown fully covered on stage with a human being facing decay.

xiangxudance.com

Photo: John Fleming

Dec 8-9: SHIFT Dance Collective | Megan Doyle Dance

 SHIFT Dance Collective Takes Root
Head-Space is a movement exploration regarding the different stages that an individual endures when suffering an anxiety attack. The piece illustrates all sides of what it means to live with anxiety disorder - good, bad, ugly, and everything in between. Through narrative movement, this piece exposes and normalizes the symptoms as well as negative stigmas surrounding mental illness.

shiftdancecollective.com

Photo: Trigger Jones

Dec 8-9: SHIFT Dance Collective | Megan Doyle Dance

Megan Doyle Dance Takes Root
Megan Doyle Dance attempts to find a unique intersectionality between Contemporary dance, Musical Theatre and personal storytelling. With a strong attention to meaning and relationship, the work utilizes a full range of mediums to convey itself to the audience. Striving for accessibility and legibility, the stories are ripped from our current landscape, with all its conflicts, desires, challenges and fears. MDD aims to interrupt the history of separating performative genres by using all available vocabulary and approaches to art-making. Empowering humans to tell their stories, especially self-identifying women, is a strong tenet.

megandoyledance.com

Photo: Megan Doyle Dance

Jan 19-20: Julian Barnett

Julian Barnett Takes Root
ODE2FOOL questions the notion of artistic devotion by excavating the dances that exist in our dreams, the ones that have yet to be realized. Part opera, part confessional, the performance acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience, and follows Barnett, Tobias, and Cabrillos, as they uncover the deeper currents of their artistic motivations. Navigating through the past, present and future in order to arrive at a new space of devotion, the work explores the beauty in 'starting over' for the post-emerging artist.

Photo: Jocelyn Tobias

Feb 9-10: De Funes Dance | MElder Movement Art

De Funes Dance Takes Root
Crisálida is an exploration of reflection and resolution. The works follow the soloist through her reintroduction with her past, beginning with her initial unwillingness to confront these memories, through to her ultimate reconciliation of them. The program follows a narrative arc, with the soloist’s confrontation of her past as the climax. The full program is comprised of two ensemble pieces, two solos, a duet, a trio and a sextet. The final piece culminates with the union of the dancers, suggesting that the individual they form has reconciled these parts of herself, and achieved solace.

defunesdance.com

Photo: Cesar Brodermann

Feb 9-10: De Funes Dance | MElder Movement Art

MElder Movement Art Takes Root
A Study of Occupied Spaces asks questions concerning the lives of many New York City residents termed "homeless." The unique, complex history of New York City homelessness is examined through high impact/physical dance, theatre, emotionality, and historical text. This is MElder Movement Art's attempt to highlight the narrative of more than 50,000 homeless NYC residents and bring awareness to a very real issue facing our great city.

meldermovementart.com

Photo: Jim Coleman

Mar 16-17: Zehnder Dance | Lauren Beirne Dance Works

Zehnder Dance Root
Zehnder Dance showcases an exciting new work exploring what it means to be connected. The piece takes a deeper look at relationships between self, others, objects, and substances through a series of duets and trios. The audience is drawn into a world of manipulation and conflict, as each moment of connection offers a glimpse into the individual's struggle to embrace, give in, resist, or fight back. Through complex partnering, dynamic athleticism and risk taking, dancers showcase both dependency and codependency, playing between tension, conflict, isolation, and tenderness deepening our understanding of the human experience.

zehnderdance.org

Photo: Matthew Yeoman

Mar 16-17: Zehnder Dance | Lauren Beirne Dance Works

Lauren Beirne Dance Works Takes Root
LBDW's new group work has been a year in the making, exploring the isolation of "the other" vs the mentality of the herd. Touching vignettes and sweeping, physical group sections create a dynamic world where struggle is always lying just beneath the surface. Laced with the signature tension of Ms. Beirne's choreographic style, the company presents a take on a classic theme, in the tradition of stories like "Brave New World" and "1984." They boldly examine and how these themes mirror the current disillusionment of today's society.

laurenbeirnedance.org

Photo: Zane Gan

Apr 20-21: Christopher Unpezverde Nuñez & Guests | Samuel Hanson

Christopher Unpezverde Nuñez Takes Root
When I was little I liked to play in the cemeteries and dance among the tombs, because the artist never dies and the soul cannot be obsolete.

unpezverde.com

Photo: Roger Ruiz

Apr 20-21: Christopher Unpezverde Nuñez & Guests | Samuel Hanson

Samuel Hanson Takes Root
This new work will be a collaboration with writer/musician Alexander Ortega with whom I also worked on boy at sea in 2009. With Alex, I improved as a writer and learned about my own biases and my own desires around dance. Since then we have worked to reverse engineer a dance from a text. This dance is that attempt.

samuelbdance.wordpress.com

Photo: Will Thompson

May 18-19: Shawn Brush and Molly McGrath | Brynne Billingsley & Artists

Shawn Brush and Molly McGrath Takes Root
A Templet For Stasis describes the characteristics and effects of entropy. Originally performed as a duet, the piece will now consist of 5 dancers, changing the current movement ideas about order and chaos. By lengthening the original work and adding more movers we are creating new relationships allowing different energy and shape to emerge as the transition between order and entropy evolve.
Photo: Jordan McGrath

May 18-19: Shawn Brush and Molly McGrath | Brynne Billingsley & Artists

Brynne Billingsley Takes Root
Brynne Billingsley & Artists presents Felt Shift, a meditation on the internal architecture of thought. Billingsley weaves unpredictable pattern with moments of vulnerability. At points hypnotic, dancers crash through space like waves against a shoreline. A cinematic vision of human strength and resilience Felt Shift offers a possibility of endless images.

brynnebillingsley.com

Photo: Brynne Billingsley

Jun 1-2: Grant Jacoby | Dancers and Liz Charky

Grant Jacoby Takes Root
Inspired by Kate Bush's The Ninth Wave, personal anecdotes of love and loss, and years of summering on Cape Cod, Grant Jacoby & Dancers presents Water Wheel, a post-modern dream ballet that tracks the cyclical nature of human emotion, while also investigating our relationship to water as a source of peace, grief, and survival. How does water impact our day to day lives as well as our overall wellbeing? How might this influence manifest itself in our relationships to one another and to ourselves? Crashing like a cold wave in slow motion, Water Wheel attempts to unpack what lies beneath the surface, as well as in the fathoms below.

grantjacobyanddancers.com

Photo: Short photo co.

Jun 1-2: Grant Jacoby | Dancers and Liz Charky

Dancers and Liz Charky Takes Root
You Are What You Eat And I'm Hungry is an exploration of family, identity, and body. The work is an experimental embodiment that screams and whispers the collective histories that help us make sense of everything we consume.

lizcharky.com

Photo: Noah Fowler

Jun 1-2: Grant Jacoby | Dancers and Liz Charky

Muliebris Takes Root
This collaboration with sound designer, Asha Tamirisa, creates three different dimensions, each containing its own properties and questions. In each, women work together to battle against unseen forces. What does it mean to be female? We see them perform rituals, immersed in nature: hair down, unbound, returning the gaze-a celebration of female strength and communal power.

muliebrisdancetheatre.com

Photo: Rourou Ye