Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE to Include Dances by Feld, Careless,& More

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE to Include Dances by Feld, Careless,& More

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE to Include Dances by Feld, Careless,& MoreEliot Feld's KIDS DANCE, called "a New York City treasure" by The New York Times, makes its annual visit to The Joyce for six performances, June 8-11. The remarkably poised, scrupulously schooled, and impeccably rehearsed whiz-kids, numbering 60, ages 11-17, will delight audiences young and old with Feld classics Meshugana Dance and The Jig is Up, along with two Feld works created especially for Kids Dance: Upside Dance and the new Pointing, a premiere for four young ladies en pointe. And, continuing his commitment to expanding the repertory with works created expressly for youngsters, Feld will present two new dances: The Wild Current by Laura Careless set to a collage of music that ranges from Debussy to the Native Jazz Quartet, and ?It's The Effort That Counts a collaboration by Conner Bormann, Riley O'Flynn, and Stephanie Terasaki, in which the rhythms are provided by a metronome.

Program A (Thursday at 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM)

UPSIDE DANCE (Feld/Scandinavian Folk Music)
Pointing (premiere) (Feld/Julia Wolfe)
The Jig is Up (Feld/traditional Irish Music, including The Bothy Band)

Program B (Friday and Saturday at 7 PM)

The Wild Current (premiere) (Careless/various)
Pointing (premiere)
It's the Effort that Counts (company premiere) (Bormann,O'Flynn,Terasaki)
Meshugana Dance (Feld/Klezmer)

Program C (Sunday at 7 PM)

The Wild Current (premiere)
Pointing (premiere)
It's the Effort That Counts (company premiere)
The Jig is Up

More About the Guest Choreographers:

The Wild Current by Laura Careless

Laura Careless is a UK-born, New York-based performing artist specializing in storytelling through dance and movement. After graduating from The Royal Ballet School; the Ecole-Atelier of Maurice Bejart; and The Juilliard School Dance Division, she became a founding performer of Company XIV, a NY-based, Drama Desk-nominated dance theater company. Her decade of performance with XIV has established her as "A marvelously sensual dramatic dancer" (New York Times) who is "Consistently one of the most interesting and dramatically detailed dancers on New York's stages" (Broadway World). In February 2017, she will perform the choreography of XIV Artistic Director Austin McCormick for Rusalka at The Metropolitan Opera.

Laura is the founder of Alchemy For Nomads, a company that advocates for re-connection with our original physical instincts through performances, workshops and online resources. Her solo works, dedicated to telling ancient, unfamiliar stories in atmospheric and often rural spaces, tour nomadically and can be viewed on her website, lauracareless.com. This coming year, her work will be supported by residency and performance grants from the Turkey Land Cove Foundation and The Church, Cooperstown. Her physical storytelling workshop, PRIMA MATERIA, launched in New York City in 2016 and will repeat this winter accompanied by a related series of downloadable movement meditations.

A passionate educator, Laura has been on faculty at Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech, the New York Public School for Dance, since 2008, and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp (recipient of the NEA Creative Placemaking Grant) since 2012. Her commissioned choreography for the students of Ballet Tech will premiere at The Joyce Theatre, NYC in June 2017. She has coached professional and pre-professional performers at such prestigious institutions as Canadian Opera Company, The Park Avenue Armory, The Donmar Warehouse (UK), Theater For A New Audience, The Juilliard School and Circus Juventas. In July 2017 she will lead the dance faculty at Juilliard's Summer Performing Arts in Geneva, Switzerland.

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