Fresh off the overwhelming success of last summer's presentation of four female choreographers, Gotham Arts Exchange presents the Gotham Dance Festival, returning to The Joyce Theater with expanded programming and a newly branded festival. Gotham Dance Festival presents six programs featuring ten choreographers from June 1-12, 2011 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. The festival will also present six talented emerging artists in Summer Sampler Matinees. Tickets start at $10 and are available at 212-242-0800 or www.joyce.org.
In its Joyce debut, the Brian Brooks Moving Company will present a World Premiere piece set to original music by Adam Crystal, who has scored numerous films and commercials, and has performed with such musicians as Fischerspooner and The Citizens Band, among others. The company will also present MOTOR (2010), an exploration of perpetual motion performed by the group's seven dancers. Featuring a tunnel-like structure that stretches three miles of cables beyond the stage and over the audience, MOTOR is set to a propulsive score by Jonathan Pratt with costumes by Liz Prince. Touring internationally since 2002, the Brian Brooks Moving Company was described in The Village Voice as "smart, utterly unpretentious heroes, they make your eyes water and your spirit soar."
Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Friday, June 3 at 8pm; Sunday, June 5 at 7:30pm
Monica Bill Barnes & Company will present Everything is getting better all the time (in 3 Acts), an outrageous and whimsical evening of dance borrowing from the glamour of rock concerts, the goodwill of a little league game, and the enthusiasm of a high school marching band. This work blends explosive movement and familiar gestures to create distinct characters with a lot of heart and a touch of grit. Act 1 (World Premiere) explores the potential that exists at the beginning of a show. Act 2 (World Premiere) explores the charged relationship between performers sharing the stage. Act 3: mostly fanfare (New York premiere) is an examination of the struggles and obligations of showmanship inspired by vaudeville, silent film, and the need to perform. Dubbed by The New York Times as "the master of the dance equivalent of a sly guffaw," Monica Bill Barnes returns to The Joyce after sold-out performances last August.
Thursday, June 2 at 8pm (Opening Night); Saturday, June 4 at 8pm
Kate Weare Company will present two works: the World Premiere of Garden, which grapples with the powerful issues of creative impulse, origination and identity, as well as a revival of the critically acclaimed Lean-To (2009), described by Deborah Jowitt of The Village Voice as: "...eroticism in its primal, devouring purity - challenging, at times ambiguous, and infinitely complex." Heralded by the New Yorker as "an arresting new talent," Kate Weare returns to the Joyce with more of the striking physicality and evocative performance style that sold out houses there in 2010.
Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Thursday, June 9 at 8pm; Saturday, June 11 at 8pm
CorbinDances celebrates its first Joyce Season with the World Premiere of Shady, an evening-length suite of dances based on a single phrase of movement. Shady features new music composed by DJ/Producer Quinn Raymond, lighting by Joe Novak and costumes by the venerable Liz Prince. Michael Trusnovec (Paul Taylor Dance Company) and Sharon Milanese (Lucinda Childs Dance Company) join the company's core dancers for its Joyce debut. Once one of Paul Taylor Dance Company's most beloved dancers and now a proven choreographer in his own right, Patrick Corbin's work has been described as "fully and uncompromisingly danced... uninhibited, brash, spirited, musical, [and] space engulfing," said Lisa Traiger, Dance Magazine.
Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Friday, June 10 at 8pm; Sunday, June 12 at 7:30pm
The Gotham Dance Festival will also present six gifted emerging artists in Summer Sampler Matinee programs. The matinee programs on June 4-5 feature Kyle Abraham's Abraham.in.Motion performing one of his newest works, The Quiet Dance; Gregory Dolbashian's The DASH Ensemble presenting In Flux, a sensual piece full of dramatic tension and soft conflict; and the Faye Driscoll Dance Group performing snake dog dragon, an examination of the poignant tension between beauty, power and desire. The matinee programs on June 11-12 include Julian Barnett performing his gorgeous solo Echologue; Sydney Skybetter's ensemble, Skybetter and Associates, presenting the world premiere of Temporary Matters as well as a revival of Halcyon; and Ashleigh Leite returning to New York to present The Zoo, an explosive work with music by The Magnetic Fields and an original sound design by Leite herself.
Summer Sampler Matinee 1: Abraham, Driscoll, Dolbashian:
Saturday, June 4 at 2pm (Opening); Sunday, June 5 at 2pm
Summer Sampler Matinee 2: Barnett, Leite, Skybetter:
Saturday, June 11 at 2pm (Opening); Sunday, June 12 at 2pm
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Acclaimed by The Washington Post as "stunning in its simple beauty," the New York City-based Brian Brooks Moving Company creates highly physical performances that reach international audiences. Artistic Director Brian Brooks amplifies the energy and design of his dances with sculptural installations that encompass both stage and audience, whimsically embracing the architectural aspects of choreography and performance. Within these dynamic and autonomous worlds, Brooks creates virtuosic physical situations that test the body's limits. Since its first tour in 2002, the company has enjoyed repeat engagements at Dance Theater Workshop (2004, 2006), Wesleyan University (2002, 2007, 2009), SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara (2004, 2005, 2006) and Alfred University (2004, 2005, 2008, 2010). Presented in New York City by organizations including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Symphony Space and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Festival, the group's national tours have included presentations by the American Dance Festival, Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University, The Egg, Mt. Tremper Arts Festival and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Their work is beginning to emerge in Asia and Europe with recent presentations at prominent international dance festivals. www.brianbrooksmovingcompany.com
Monica Bill Barnes & Companyis a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Monica Bill Barnes moved to New York in 1995 after receiving her BA in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. She has created twelve evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events and several cabaret numbers for her company. Originally built upon a repertoire of solos and duets, MBB & CO. has performed in over twenty venues in New York City and has been presented in 30 cities throughout the United States and abroad. The company has received support from The National Endowment for The Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Fund for Creative Communities. In addition, major support has come in the form of creative residencies awarded by Jacob's Pillow (2009 Creative Development Residency), the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (2006-2007 Choreographic Fellowship), a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation (2004-2005), Dancenow/NYC Silo Residency (2004, 2008, 2009) and The Yard (2002). Danspace Project presented the company's first New York season, an evening length work titled, "When we were pretty" in 2002. During summer 2010, the company performed at Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. www.monicabillbarnes.com