Saturday, January 5, 2019

New York City Center, Studio 4

130 West 56 street (between 6 & 7 aves.), New York, NY

 

9:15am Megan Williams Dance Projects*

One Woman Show 

Acclaimed veteran performer Megan Williams (accompanied by 8 dancers) channels the tragic and comedic heroines of golden-age Hollywood in this dance follies for the small stage. Action-packed vignettes grab at the current moment, asking us to look at what the movie musical taught us about sex, misogyny, beauty, and aging. “Whip-smart and vastly entertaining.” (Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat)

9:35am Ragamala Dance Company

Ragamala, “rapturous and profound,” The NY Times, presents excerpts of “Bone Within Ash: The Fires of Varanasi,” (2020-21) and “Ishvara,” an ADF-commissioned solo by the acclaimed Aparna Ramaswamy. “Varanasi” evokes the pilgrims whose feet rewrite this city’s geography year after year. Dancers become the lingering echoes of ritual & ceremony, exploring generations of human & cultural migration.

9:45am Ashwini Ramaswamy (Let the Crows Come)

Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance Company shares “Let the Crows Come” featuring original music by Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and electronic composer/DJ Jace Clayton (premiering fall 2019). Evoking mythography and ancestry, this work depicts crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. Available for touring with NDP subsidy.

9:55am Sankofa Danzafro (COL)

“FECHA LIMITE” (Expiration Date) 

“Fecha Limite” (Expiration Date) evokes the daily struggle of Afro-Colombian and Colombian indigenous communities to maintain and rebuild their traditions and legacy in a society shaped by epistemicide and racism. With sets, costumes, and masks created with bullets and chains, “Fecha Limite” is a 60-minute dance work by Rafael Palacios exuberantly performed by Sankofa’s dancers and musicians.

10:15am Trisha Brown Dance Company

“Working Title”

“The Trisha Brown Company…in witty, delicate glory” (Dec 2017, NY Times). Celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 19/20 season, the company performs “Working Title” (1985). Performed with exactitude and a sense of joy to Peter Zummo’s warmly eclectic score, “Working Title” features eight exhilarated dancers with choreography full of near-falls and collisions – like a chemical reaction.

10:35am Jane Comfort and Company

 “S/He”

Part of her Bessie-award winning 40th anniversary retrospective touring show, Comfort shows excerpts from “S/He,” featuring the Thomas/Hill hearings with both the gender and race of all participants reversed. Using the 1991 actual testimony as part of the sound score, the Senate panel of four black females interrogate a white male Anita Hill as a white female Clarence Thomas rides to victory.

10:55am Ballet Memphis

Trey McIntyre’s “Memphis Suite”

Ballet Memphis performs selections from acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre’s “Memphis Suite” – a ballet set to music from Memphis’ golden age of music with recordings by Al Green, The Staples Singers, and BB King, among others. “If there is a ballet company in the United States that takes racial integration more seriously than this one, I’d love to know about it.” – Dance Enthusiast

11:15am Monica Bill Barnes & Company

“The Running Show”

“The Running Show” invites audiences to experience dance as a live sporting event, framing the rigorous performances of a multi-generational cast of local performers with narrative, backstory, and live play-by-play announcing. The audience becomes a crowd ready to cheer on their community and ride a wave of unpredictable emotion more akin to watching the World Series than to watching dance.

11:35am Ragamala Dance Company

Ragamala, “rapturous and profound,” The NY Times, presents excerpts of “Bone Within Ash: The Fires of Varanasi,” (2020-21) and “Ishvara,” an ADF-commissioned solo by the acclaimed Aparna Ramaswamy. “Varanasi” evokes the pilgrims whose feet rewrite this city’s geography year after year. Dancers become the lingering echoes of ritual & ceremony, exploring generations of human & cultural migration.

11:45am Ashwini Ramaswamy (Let the Crows Come)

Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer Ashwini Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance Company shares “Let the Crows Come” featuring original music by Carnatic composer Prema Ramamurthy and electronic composer/DJ Jace Clayton (premiering fall 2019). Evoking mythography and ancestry, this work depicts crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. Available for touring with NDP subsidy.

11:55am Sankofa Danzafro (COL)

“FECHA LIMITE” (Expiration Date) 

“Fecha Limite” (Expiration Date) evokes the daily struggle of Afro-Colombian and Colombian indigenous communities to maintain and rebuild their traditions and legacy in a society shaped by epistemicide and racism. With sets, costumes, and masks created with bullets and chains, “Fecha Limite” is a 60-minute dance work by Rafael Palacios exuberantly performed by Sankofa’s dancers and musicians.

12:15pm Trisha Brown Dance Company 

“Working Title”

“The Trisha Brown Company…in witty, delicate glory” (Dec 2017, NY Times). Celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 19/20 season, the company performs “Working Title” (1985). Performed with exactitude and a sense of joy to Peter Zummo’s warmly eclectic score, “Working Title” features eight exhilarated dancers with choreography full of near-falls and collisions – like a chemical reaction.

12:35pm Adele Myers and Dancers*

“Girls!Girls!Girls!”

With a bold sense of humor and robust athleticism, Girls!Girls!Girls! is a 30-minute dance theater work that toys with the dynamics between three female dancers and their audience during a live performance. At once entertaining, relevant, and provocative, Girls!Girls!Girls! was commissioned by the Miami Light Project for Here & Now in 2018, and developed in part with support from MDC Live Arts.

 

*guest showcasing artist